Thursday, April 7, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #785 Imaginary Numbers by Janet S. Tiger (c) Apr. 7, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #785 Imaginary Numbers by Janet S. Tiger (c) Apr. 7,  2016 

                                             Imaginary Numbers
                                               A monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                                   © 2016 all rights reserved 
         (A teenage girl comes out onstage with a clipboard and pen)

Here's my question for you, Prof. Wilkins......if this number, the square root of negative one is, as you call it, imaginary, how can you do anything with it at all?  It says here....

         (She holds up the clipboard)

That if you MULTIPLY the square root of negative one BY negative one - then you GET negative one!

How can that be possible?  I mean, if the number is imaginary, how can it do ANYTHING AT ALL?

         (She listens, shakes her head)

That makes even less sense!  Why would I need to know all this in order to do HIGHER mathematics?  I can't do this class!  And if this is supposed to make me learn how to think, well, why would anyone want to think about numbers that are imaginary?  I mean, really!

         (She turns to leave, stops, looks back with a big smile)

Maybe you do have a point, I just thought of something - it's not just the square root of negative one that's imaginary.....I got it...ALL numbers are imaginary!

         (She exits to the REAL world)

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