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Final Exam (2011)
Robert Dawson
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A math professor nearing retirement and displeased with trends in academia decides to use his final exam (the last he will ever give) to get his revenge on the cheating students in his calculus class.

This very nicely written story appears in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. It includes quite a few explicit references to real calculus problems and insight into the way a college professor might view his students.

Contributed by Will

I just read this story and found it interesting except that I found the ending to be a bit abrupt. I would have liked to read about the aftermath of the exam.

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Mathematical Content:
3.5/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
3.5/5 (2 votes)

MotifAcademia, Math Education,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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