# FoxTrot by Bill Amend for November 02, 2008

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Paige: Why do they make us study math in school? I hate it! Andy: Not now, Paige. I'm trying to think. Paige: It's not like I'm planning to go into astrophysics or something! Andy: I need to cut this quiche into five equal pieces. Paige: Give me one example where I'm ever going to use this junk I'm learning in geometry class! Just one! Andy: Let's see. A fifth of a circle is... is... Paige: Just cut it into 72-degree wedges and listen to me, mother! Andy: Thanks. Paige: OK, fine. Give me TWO examples. Andy: Oh, wait. Peter wanted his slice twice as big as the others...

## margueritem almost 16 years ago

Yeah, like I’m going to get out a ruler to measure pie slices…

## Nipponkid almost 16 years ago

Thats why theres guesstimating.

## rayannina almost 16 years ago

Somewhere, Danica McKellar is smiling.

## Ray_C almost 16 years ago

This is fabulous. My wife and I have been mentoring 5th graders for an hour a week, and this is their constant complaint: why do I have to study math? The second problem is really easier than the first. Cut the pie into six slices and give Peter 2. This makes 60 degree angles, which are easier to deal with. (You can skip one of the cuts to give Peter a single large piece rather than 2.) BTW, you would use a protractor to measure angles, not a ruler. Sorry to sound like a math geek, but I are one.

## Calvinhobbes24 almost 16 years ago

I gotta write that trick down.

## Pwnage almost 16 years ago

lol

## margueritem almost 16 years ago

RayC says: BTW, you would use a protractor to measure angles, not a ruler. Sorry to sound like a math geek, but I are one. OK, then. Yeah, like i’m going to get my protractor out to measure pie slices.

## Ray_C almost 16 years ago

margueritem says: ” Yeah, like i’m going to get my protractor out to measure pie slices.”

I would! But first I’d have to wash off the pizza sauce.

## hcrobin85 almost 16 years ago

many basic types of math are useful..what I don’t get is upper level math like trig or calculus..now there’s something you don’t need in real life!!!

## metawarr566 almost 16 years ago

“I are one?”

## m_ortal almost 16 years ago

Picture a clock. Every 5 minutes is 30 degrees, so 15 minutes is 90 degrees or a right angle. If you want 72 degrees, remember that each minute is 6 degrees, so 12 minutes on a clock face covers 72 degrees. BTW, we use trig and calculus as life-savers - if you can’t pass them, you don’t get into medical school.

## bluetopazcrystal almost 16 years ago

I guess RayC is a math geek not a literacy follower.LOL.

## Sternvogel almost 16 years ago

There are a lot of T-shirts printed with slogans like “I are getting an educayshun at State U” or “I never thought I’d be a college graduate, but now I are an English teacher!”

I’m guessing Ray C was thinking in that vein, although it would have been even funnier had he said “but I are two”, thus being both gramatically and mathematically incorrect!

## IDIOTIDIOTIDIOT almost 16 years ago

funny. common scenario at my house.

## Ray_C almost 16 years ago

Sternvogel says: “There are a lot of T-shirts printed with slogans like “I are getting an educayshun at State U” or “I never thought I’d be a college graduate, but now I are an English teacher!” ” I’m guessing Ray C was thinking in that vein, although it would have been even funnier had he said “but I are two”, thus being both gramatically and mathematically incorrect! Thanks for standing up for me, Sternvogel. I was thinking of the tee shirt, “Last year I cudn’t even spell injuneer, and today I are one.” Can’t win ‘em all, I guess.

## margueritem almost 16 years ago

Ray C says:

Sternvogel says: “There are a lot of T-shirts printed with slogans like “I are getting an educayshun at State U” or “I never thought I’d be a college graduate, but now I are an English teacher!” ” I’m guessing Ray C was thinking in that vein, although it would have been even funnier had he said “but I are two”, thus being both gramatically and mathematically incorrect! Thanks for standing up for me, Sternvogel. I was thinking of the tee shirt, “Last year I cudn’t even spell injuneer, and today I are one.” Can’t win ‘em all, I guess.

I understood what you meant. Like minds, I guess.

## zerotsm almost 16 years ago

Well, I use trig all the time, calculus less so, but that’s for work, not “real life”.

## circuit7 almost 16 years ago

I call my kids whenever I find myself needing it at home. They don’t always know the answer but when I show them, they know. From my 19yo to my 6yo, the question “Why study math” has never been asked in my house.

## mrhippey almost 16 years ago

Math IS everywhere. AND The point of learning math is not the same as learning how to write. Math teaches abstract thinking - a skill that is utilized in many different fields.

–Journalist (also Wife of a High School Math Teacher)

## LateToTheGame almost 16 years ago

Actually Marguerite, you’d want a protractor, or maybe even a compass if you wanted to challenge yourself. Not much could be done with a ruler. :)

## Llywus almost 16 years ago

Not much could be done with a ruler. :) As a straightedge - gotta get those slices cut cleanly! lol

## tobybartels almost 16 years ago

Using only an

unmarkedcompass and straightedge, can you make 72-degree angles? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compass%20and%20straightedge%20construction## danalfranks almost 16 years ago

This is no joke… I just watched my math major sister cut my dad’s birthday pie into equal pieces for 9 dinner guests. Stared at it a moment, went to work, and it came out perfectly. Geesh!

## Calvins_older_Sister almost 16 years ago

i know that feeling so well -o- “sigh”

## jabo almost 16 years ago

Substitute by the WHO! Jabo

## mathhead almost 16 years ago

Why do they make us study math is school?

## seapilot almost 16 years ago

notice how the leaf in the picture in the background flips around in the different pannels?

## Requin almost 16 years ago

I wouldn’t be able to live without math <3

## runar almost 16 years ago

Jason would have solved the problem using something other than base ten.

## KingRat almost 16 years ago

and if peter solved it there would be no pie.

## MusicLoveTheatre17 almost 16 years ago

este es uno de mis cómics favoritos en el mundo entero! Estoy totalmente de amor este comic porque me hace reír!

## abel_larkin almost 16 years ago

Equal Angles

## theoneandonlyliam236 over 4 years ago

Is no one going to give the answer?Ok I will, cut it in four 60 degree slices, and then a fifth slice that is 120 degrees. Just in case someone hasn’t learned that math yet lol,

## Exodush about 4 years ago

i thought paige was stupid

## The Ever-Convenient Object's Shopping Mall almost 4 years ago

Cutting it into six slices is easy, then just give Peter two of them.