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      Posting these cat-cartoons-without-the-cartoon was a long journey that I don’t know if I’ll repeat soon again. A daily blog is tough … even when you have your material handed to you! But, I couldn’t have done it without the artwork … Continue reading →
    • December 31, 2011
      Father Time is riding out his last few minutes of being the temporal keeper for 2011; he sits in an easy chair with a calendar showing “Dec 31” behind him and a grandfather clock pointing to the time of 11:53. … Continue reading →
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      A happy young lady shares a table at a tony restaurant with her cat; they both wear festive, cone-shaped party hats. The woman gaily says to the tuxedoed server, “One martini and one glass of milk.” The cat does not … Continue reading →

Quick Hits: SAT Questions

Posted by joeabbott on May 15, 2011

My nephew is preparing for the SATs. As part of his preparation for the test, he’s getting an SAT question-of-the-day sent to him, which his mother, my sister-in-law, is forwarding to those in the family. Being SAT questions, they’re pretty much of the type you either know or don’t … but today’s question caused me to think through my solution:

What is the equation of the line parallel to the X-axis and four units above the X-axis?

  1. X = –1
  2. X = 4
  3. Y = –4
  4. Y = 0
  5. Y = 4

The answer is 5. … Y = 4. And you know that because, on a Cartesian graph, if you create many points (you’d actually only need two) which all have the value Y = 4 and then scribe a line through them, you’ll have a line which is parallel to the X-axis and four units above it.

While it’s not like I need another mail-a-day, this question got me thinking (just a bit) and was fun enough … as are all things in which we can confidently state, “I knew that!” If you want to give it a try, chase this link to the SAT Question of the Day and sign up!

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