Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monologue Mania Day #308 by Janet S. Tiger About Love and Math in the Time of Chemistry Dec. 17, 2014

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Monologue Mania Day #308 by Janet S. Tiger  About Love and Math in the Time of Chemistry    Dec. 17, 2014 
          About Love and Math in the Time of Chemistry
                                                    (from Osculation)
                                       ©Janet S. Tiger all rights reserved
              (The young man- teenager -  brings chalk onstage - a board is not necessary, as most of the audience will not understand what he is saying.  He wears glasses and is nervous, but is determined to get his points across to the female student he is tutoring)

Now, Ariana, I am going to go over this again, since you didn't seem to understand it the first time.


All right, I'll go a little slower.

         (He draws a circle, then a line through the circle)

.A chord of a circle is a geometric line segment whose endpoints both lie on the circle.  

         (Listens, thinks)  Okay, a straight line connecting two points through a circle is called a chord......

          (Draws a curve and a line)

And an asymptote of a curve is a line such that the distance between the curve and the line approaches zero as they tend to infinity.....(quickly) Okay, okay! It's when a curve approaches a line but never reaches it....

         (Listens, starts to get irritated)

(Very slow) And this is a curved line........and this......

         (He draws a circle)

The point of contact, where these two different mathematical forms have a common called osculation...

(Starting to get annoyed)  No, intersection involves either sets or lines!  You have to get this, because next week's Academic Decathalon is going to focus on just these types of questions!  Maybe you're good at Jane Austen and Moby Dick, but you have to have some of this math, too!

Okay, maybe I can give you some eytomology..... ....asymptote is from the Greek,
asumptōtos which means "not falling together", and osculation is from the Latin.....ōsculātiō -a kissing,

       (Starts to realize what he is saying, starts backing away)

...... from osculor -I kiss-......

       (Getting nervous, takes off glasses and wipes them)

Do you have to stand so close......

        (He is up against the wall and it is obvious what is about to happen, he wriggles away to leave, stops, looks back.)

I think this is a good time to end this lesson!

         (He goes to exit......then stops and is kissed by the girl he is tutoring, he stumbles off, glasses askew, but he is smiling.  Lights down.  End of scene)


Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315
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