June Bugs

The punchline to an old (I think) joke…”If April flowers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?”  To the people who answer, “pilgrims!” and smile smugly at you — say, “no! June Bugs!”

But really this June, nothing is bugging me.  Quite the contrary, actually. On a good, very good, amazing, wonderful, etc…note, I can now start counting the days until our wedding by simple subtraction as long as I know the date.  June 28 – June 1 = 27 days until the wedding.

Previously, I had to make an equation (which I would actually do) by setting up variables for each month.  There were S, M, L for short months (28 days: February), medium months (30 days hath April, September, June, and November), and L for long months (31 days).  My equation would look something like 28S + 30M + 31L + 28 = Days until wedding.  In 4-dimensional space with S, M, L, and Days axes, my Days-Intercept would be 28.  Now instead of racking my brain to picture 4 dimensional space with some sort of curve whose shape models the timeline of my life, I can simply think back to elementary school when I learned the number line.  28 – today’s date?  Sweet.  I can handle that.


About Mr. T

Well, I'm interested in math. Teaching it, learning it, describing it, living it. Creating it. Most importantly (to me) is helping others appreciate it as much as I do.
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