Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Wednesday Wisdom

Are you feeling clever, loyal readers ? As you may know, Äiti is a teacher of physics and chemistry and she tries to educate the young of Finland (North) in these rather strange subjects. I mean, we just do them naturally! So I now wish to share with you just how she is failing in her job.
This question appeared on a test paper - which she did not write, although her students suspect she did as apparently cats feature quite heavily in her teaching.
Loyal readers, please read question a). We then provide a selection of answers given by her students. Personally, I would blame the teacher! There is no hope for the education of the young.
So, a massive cat is slow - maybe. Mirsku would deny this! But maybe the next answer helps - he can eat loads and his weight will change but his mass won't! Result. 
And it gets worse! Of course there is more than empty space inside us, so we must of course understand mass.
 Now this next answer looks quite clever - except we ALL resist motion.
Excellent - the weight of a cat is simply a number - any number! I can live with that.
We hope we will not have to carry this out as an experiment. Although sometimes we do think the ninjas can launch themselves like rockets.
Now Äiti assures us that density is not meaning 'dense'  as in stupid. Better not! But we like the idea that a big cat can be full of empty space and have a low mass.
 And this one is just rude! Mass is how much FAT we have?! Pöh.
So, which of the answers would you give the paws up to - or do you have your own ?


Angel Prancer Pie said...

No paws up given here, as we think wine should be given freely to Aiti after grading these tests! MOL!

Gigi said...

They all seem right to me.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

TBT here: 4 and 6 weren't TOO bad. Mass is tricky to separate from weight at standard gravity and sea level where most kids live. I assume they weren't yet taught about moles.

Interestingly, I like the idea of measuring mass by launching it into space (not a cat of course). F=MA, so you could derive it that way. M=F/A. I hope I have that right. Its been a lot of years since college.

Sparkle said...

My human did not study this in school, but she did take a home study course for a fitness certification in the late 1990s and she does understand how mass and weight are two different things because muscle mass weighs more than fat mass. That is how Binga and Boodie can weigh the same, as they sometimes do, and Binga seems smaller than Boodie, even taking Boodie's fluff into account. Binga is ALL muscle!

Anonymous said...

I would give an A to number 5. Laconic and made me smile. Have fun, Aiti!

Tama-Chan, Benny, Momo, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

#1 says she has a headache......

The Chans

Riffa said...

Me and Oliver think that answer 3 is right, because there is only empty space indide of us in the afternoons before Auntie comes from work and starts feeding us.

Auntie wouldn't even look at the answers as she starts sweating when she hears the word: physics test(- a trauma from her youth). She hopes though that Äiti will be merciful and everybody passes the test :).

Anonymous said...

Hey PPP!

The question is simple. You are the CAT. Your weight is your absolute value and it is big, thing what never changes. Also weight cannot measure with kilograms.

And mass is your authority in your kingdom and it is growing up whole time.

Vilperi with servant

Stacy Hurt said...

The mass of the cat is the service performed in honor of the cat by all the humans. It is typically marked by burning incense, the gentle ringing of bells and a lovely red velvet cushion on which the cat can rest his weight. The weight of the cat is something that is expressly forbidden to be discussed by humans at all. Only other cats may comment on the weight of eacho other. i.e. Wow! Those Pikku cats really pull their *weight* in the CatBlogosphere with all this free education they offer.

And really, who else asks this type of question on midnight to a person who's had far too many chocolate covered pretzels and wine?

Teachers have the toughest job out there.

That Woman
*who's dragging her weight off to bed before she amasses any more!*