### Some Math Humor

Mar. 28th, 2005 08:23 pm**What math teachers say...**and what they really mean by it.

**Clearly:**I don't want to write down all the "in-between" steps.

**Trivial:**If I have to show you how to do this, you're in the wrong class.

**It can easily be shown:**No more than four hours are needed to prove it.

**Check for yourself:**This is the boring part of the proof, so you can do it on your own time.

**Hint:**The hardest of several possible ways to do a proof.

**Brute force:**Four special cases, three counting arguments and two long inductions.

**Elegant proof:**Requires no previous knowledge of the subject matter and is less than ten lines long.

**Similarly:**At least one line of the proof of this case is the same as before.

**Two line proof:**I'll leave out everything but the conclusion, you can't question 'em if you can't see 'em.

**Briefly:**I'm running out of time, so I'll just write and talk faster.

**Proceed formally:**Manipulate symbols by the rules without any hint of their true meaning.

**Proof omitted:**Trust me, It's true.