Comics about mathematics, science, and the student life.

Sudden Free Time

A student forgets that they need to be studying during the week before exams, not lounging around.

When the semester ends, it’s like an abrupt switch in pace. I don’t think I would forget about an upcoming test (I would be stressed out), but I know there are many who would be a bit too care-free.

Incorrectly Correct

A student makes a mistake while simplifying sin(x) = sin(2) by "cancelling" the "sin".

If you don’t handle this well, students will start thinking there’s a conspiracy against them.

Maturity of Field

A graph depicting when it is the optimal time for a student to enter a field. The optimal point occurs when the number of textbooks is low and the potential for contributions is high.

As soon as that textbook market saturates, you’re toast.

Search History

A search history for a physics student, including a lot of trigonometric identities and electromagnetism textbook answers.

Sooner or later, I’ll probably commit those identities to memory.

Field Horizon

After a certain number of years, the speed at which the "edge" of a field recedes from view exceeds the speed at which a student can catch up.

Maybe then we will start dropping students into the middle of a field without making them learn all of the history.

Deadlines

A student tells their professor that they are not good with deadlines, and follows this up by getting something done way earlier than expected.

I may be the only one who really follows this pattern.

Simple Case

A student looks for the full treatment of a subject, but every resource they consult only deals with the easy case.

If only someone already did the research for me but hasn’t taken the time to publish, I could then get this done a lot faster!

Putting In Numbers

Two students discuss their homework. One complains that they needed to do a lot, but the other says that they needed to to actually put in numbers, which is infinitely worse.

What are we, barbarians?

Reaching

A student is rock climbing, and can't reach the next rock. A metaphor for authors jumping in their steps.

You just need to do a small little jump, it’s no big deal.

File Formats

Two people discuss the fact that civilization will have records of everything in the future. One of them isn't too worried, since file formats will ruin everything.

Quick, make sure you keep backups of the programs that run your specific files!