Comics about mathematics, science, and the student life.

The Fundamental Rule of School Breaks

Student: "Now that the semester is over, I'm sure I can handle some new projects." (Later when the semester starts up again) "How did I ever think I'd have time for all of this when the semester started up again!?"

The semester is just long enough for me to always forget this very important lesson before the next break comes along.

Vacuum Baubles

Person 1: Good, you finally remembered to put up the vacuum baubles! Person 2: Yeah, the tree by itself was pretty boring. Caption: Christmas in the phi^4 household.

For anyone that actually gets this technical reference, I salute you. Nothing like making people work hard to understand a comic during the holidays!

Inverse Square Law

Student 1: "So now that you're finished your physics degree, what was the most important thing you learned?" Student 2: "Everything follows an inverse-square law. Even if it doesn't, most won't notice it if you try to slip it by them."

“Oh yeah, the amount of energy I have in a day follows an inverse-square law. I mean, clearly this must be true!”

(Other physicist) “Now that I think about it, I do seem to be four times as tired when I’m twice as far into my day…”

Contrived

Professor: "Let's see how convoluted I can make this problem." (Later) "Here's your homework problem. It's totally what would show up in research and not something I just made up."

I’ve been knee-deep into a problem before, only to throw up my hands and curse my professor for something that is clearly meant to keep us occupied (and serves no greater purpose).

Audiobook Presentation

Student 1: "Crafting a presentation takes so long! Getting the right balance of story and technical details is super challenging." Student 2: "Oh, I'm already done." S1: "How? You only started yesterday!" S2: "Sure, but presentations are easy once you're done your paper. You just treat it as the audiobook version!"

I think we’ve all sat in for this kind of presentation before.

Wrong Preparation

Runners gather near the start line for a race. One is enthusiastically waiting for the 5K, but it turns out that this is an ultramarathon. A metaphor for preparing for the wrong test.

This is one of the most frustrating experiences you can have in school. You spend all this time studying and - suprise! - you weren’t looking at the right material.

Luxury of Worrying

Student 1: "Ugh, I'm so stressed out about my tests! How do I worry less?" Student 2: "Easy, take more classes." S1: "Won't that make it worse?" S2: "Nope. You will have so much work to do that you won't have the luxury of worrying. Problem solved!"

Unconventional, but I can vouch for the effectiveness of such a strategy.

Test Results

Siz panels depicting various behaviours students exhibit before receiving their results. Praying, sweating, calm, stressed, denial, and resignation.

Not pictured: biting nails, pacing back and forth, and obsessively checking their school’s site to see if the teacher posted grades.

Balancing Act

A student tries to balance a bunch of dishes on their head, hands, and foot. A metaphor for memorizing before tests.

Just a little bit more to go, and then everything can come crashing down!

Exam Worry

A graph depicting the amount of worry a student has with respect to their exam over time.

Whenever I get out from a difficult test, I tell myself, “Just get to that three month mark!”