May

8

Whack!

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This year’s second crop of freshmen should be finishing up their Frontiers of Science exam right about now, which Bwog learned was administered on 18 single-sided pages per test taker (not including Blue Books). Those familiar with Frontiers will bear with us for a little back of the envelope calculation:

There are approximately 1,000 students in the freshman class, so figure 500 taking the exam. 18 pages apiece = 9,000 total sheets of paper. At 8,333 sheets of paper per 40-foot, 7-inch diameter tree, that exam by itself took the life of a larger-than-average lodgepole pine. Pretty great for a course that talks so much about how global warming will see us underwater in a few centuries.

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9 Comments

  1. econ  

    has bwog ever taken one of sunil gulati's principles final exams?

  2. well...  

    nobody ever said that Frontiers was an intelligent way to address scientific issues

  3. M.R.  

    I sincerely hope the writer has taken Frontiers, because then the post would be meta and I would shed a tear of joy.



    If not: Frontiers consisted of a lot of basic mathematics but with really long numbers and having to keep a lot of decimals. In short, something exactly like the calculation you've just done, often with a similar set up.

  4. Just got out  

    Basically it was a waste of a semester.

  5. There's still hope...  

    ...if we can kill a beaver!

  6. finished!  

    that class was ridiculous. good riddance.

  7. Great minds think alike  

    Creepy. Bwog and I think alike. About 15 minutes after this was posted, but before I knew it was there, I walked into my suite lounge and a suitemate asked me how my Frontiers exam went. I promptly muttered, "that class is a waste of paper." Wow.

  8. ...  

    frontiers isn't a waste of paper, nor is it a waste of a semester. it's the easiest A at columbia.

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