[9:00 AM] Me: Add and simplify. That’s a contradiction to anyone but a mathematician.

[9:03 AM] Bob : …but by adding you reduce the the size of the group considered…reducing the total number…thus simplified…to a new number representing the sum as opposed to the two or more considered before…simple…1+1…simplified to 2

[9:04 AM] Me: By adding, you fill a shelf in the backroom.

[9:05 AM] Bob : …not if you drink ‘em fast enough…

[9:05 AM] Me: Right

[9:06 AM] Bob : …burp…

[9:47 AM] Me: Here’s a question. Why is everything quadratic equations? And what are those good for? Who uses them?

[10:03 AM] Bob : …geometry…plots …ma’ boy …plots…turn that sucker upside down and….wa la….sigma curves….used for a whole host of statistical process control …and trending….so one can see where they are ….and where they are going and if they want to go there….and its old school…solving two problems at once….etc…good stuff

[10:04 AM] Me: OK. Then. Why is it important to factor them?

[10:05 AM] Bob : …I will…might use…computer software that perfoms…ba’ zillions of quad calc’….for discovering spikes….in trending …customer complaints….

[10:05 AM] Me: Oh, and btw, I’m solving for F right now.

[10:06 AM] Bob : …no….f(x)….

[10:07 AM] Me: No, F. C=5/9*(F-32)

[10:08 AM] Bob : ….that’s not a quadratic….don’t you have an app for that…

[10:09 AM] Bob : …its linear…

[10:09 AM] Me: It’s not a quadratic. Very good.

[10:09 AM] Me: You will be good at this some day

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