My Favorite One-Liners: Part 4

In this series, I’m compiling some of the quips and one-liners that I’ll use with my students to hopefully make my lessons more memorable for them.

During in-class discussions, students often but inadvertently make the same mistakes over and over again… say, thinking that \sqrt{a^2+b^2} = a + b or \displaystyle \frac{d}{dx} (uv) = \displaystyle \frac{du}{dx} \cdot \frac{dv}{dx}. Naturally, such mistakes need to be corrected, but hopefully politely and in a memorable way.

After the third or fourth such repetition of the same mistake during a semester, I’ll try to lighten the mood by saying, “You think that you can do these things, but you just can’t, Nemo!”

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