In The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace Homer wants to be a famous
inventor, like Thomas Edison.
He works in his basement and writes the following on the blackboard:
He then tries to build his invention, but instead he
blows up his basement.
Afterwards, using his singed hand,
he changes an inequality sign on the blackboard.
One of Homer's equations led to an explosion. Can we trust the others?
Is the rest of the mathematics on the blackboard correct?
The first equation shows
M(H0) = π (1/137)8 sqrt(hc/G)
The second equation shows
398712 + 436512 = 447212
The last line of the blackboard shows
Homer's attempt to turn a donut into a sphere (one would think
Homer would want to go in the reverse direction.)
Justify your answers.
Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald,
Appalachian State University
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