|Classic Gosling vehicle, truck model, about to collide with a vulture, which came from Smart Notebook.|
Yesterday I was visiting a school and the teacher invited me to give an example problem. I started off as I always do, with a story, which, like many good stories, was accompanied by a drawing. Now, as those of you who have been my students can attest, my art skills plateaued at roughly a 6th grade level. As such, my drawings are frequently a source of humor for my students. One went so far as to take photos of my terrible drawings as they happened and put together an end-of-the-year slideshow. I'm going to pepper this post with images from earlier this year so you can see for yourselves. Don't be fooled- though the images are chuckle-inducing, there is a deeper theme to come. On a side note, I like to think that my drawings help my students feel better about their own artistic abilities. If nothing else, maybe the artwork helps keep them from falling asleep!
|Armadillo, close cousin of the turtle. The dotted line denotes the system we chose in class.|
|Poor fellow stumbling over an extraordinarily massive spiky rock|
|Dog. I can never get the front legs right, though this poor fellow has other issues. My rabbits and horses suffer from similar maladies.|
|Turtle with balloons to reduce the normal force. The R was for his name- Rodney perhaps? He had a twin brother, who didn't have balloons. I make good use of the clone feature of the Smart software.|
|Squirrel in a tree (think National Lampoon's X-mas Vacation)|