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    What do you think the right response?

    Hello, guys.
    What do you think the right response? Confused.
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    A: This physics problem has really got me stumped.
    B: ___________________________________
    A. Itís as black and white as you said.
    B. Iím sure that assumptionís erroneous.
    C. Thatís what first grabbed my attention.
    D. Maybe weíll get it from a different angle.

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    Re: What do you think the right response?

    B. seems logical to me.


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    Re: What do you think the right response?

    Disclaimer:I'm no teacher


    Actually, D makes a lot more sense to me.

    "I can't solve the problem"
    "Let's try a different solution"
    to phrase it more simply.

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    Re: What do you think the right response?

    Quote Originally Posted by juliana0403 View Post
    Hello, guys.
    What do you think the right response? Confused.
    Please help. Thank U


    A: This physics problem has really got me stumped.
    B: ___________________________________
    A. Itís as black and white as you said.
    B. Iím sure that assumptionís erroneous.
    C. Thatís what first grabbed my attention.
    D. Maybe weíll get it from a different angle.
    Personally I would go with B.


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    Re: What do you think the right response?

    Well, but which assumption? The assumption that he is stumped? Since he's talking about himself it's not really an assumption but a fact, so there is no assumption in the first sentence...

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    Re: What do you think the right response?

    I only expressed my opinion, might not seem reasonable for you.
    Often when dealing with maths physics etc we make an assumptions. Maybe the person is just saying he made a wrong call/wrong assumption. I know when I do math calculations quite often I assume something wrong, and usually people tell me 'hang on, you have made wrong assumption, go back and check it again'

    Answer D looks reasonable as well.

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    Re: What do you think the right response?

    If you have recently done Grade 12 or university physics, you'll recall many problems rely on assumptions to be soluble for students. It's the most realistic answer for that reason. And while "angle" is possible as a metaphor for approach, it's less likely in a mathematical context than a literary composition or journalism context, where "angle" is usual as a substitute for approach or point of view. In physics, we would not say "angle" in this way because of possible confusion with geometrical angles.

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    Re: What do you think the right response?

    Quote Originally Posted by juliana0403 View Post
    Hello, guys.
    What do you think the right response? Confused.
    Please help. Thank U


    A: This physics problem has really got me stumped.
    B: ___________________________________
    A. Itís as black and white as you said.
    B. Iím sure that assumptionís erroneous.
    C. Thatís what first grabbed my attention.
    D. Maybe weíll get it from a different angle.
    I think the source here is really important. Where does this question come from? What is the context?

    In my view, both B and D could be right in a colloquial conversation:

    "B" could be right if the speaker is talking about some assumption regarding the physics problem.

    "D" could also be right if they are trying for example to get an answer out of the problem. Maybe we'll get the answer from a different angle. I think "a different angle" here could be understood as "a different point of view". Besides, if you don't agree, there is another possibility: Maybe the problem really involves a geometrical angle, the solvers tried one particular value for the geometrical angle and now they are wondering whether they could get an answer with a different value for the geometrical angle.


    These two options are the most natural in my point of view. However, if you think harder, you may contextualize the other ones as well.

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