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Niles, Donald E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 48, Number 7 (March 1944)

Graham, Walt
Mathematical morsels,   pp. 12-21


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CAMPUS NOTES ...
                (continued from page 11)
Clyde Meerdink (EE 4) and a friend. According to
Clyde, the motor-driven model will have controls en-
abling complete manipulation of the plane's flight from
the ground.
                          .
               SOCIETY MEETINGS
A.I.Ch.E.
  At the meeting of the A.I.Ch.E. held on Wednesday,
March 15, in the Top Flight of the Union a very inter-
esting talk on the various phases of research being car-
ried on at the university was given by Prof. 0. A. Hougen.
  Preparations were made for the coming membership
campaign. In connection with membership it was decided
that those persons who have been members for three
years would be given free membership during their fourth
year.
  A request was made for information regarding the loca-
tion of "Oscar" and before the evening's end "Oscar"
was reported to be at places from Middleton to West
Allis.
  Refreshments were served in the Chemical Engineering
Auditorium after the evening's business was concluded.
                                  -Richard Novotny
A.I.E.E.
  On Tuesday evening, March 21, Mr. Nevin Funk, na-
tional president of A.I.E.E., addressed members at a
joint meeting of the Madison section, Rock River Valley
sub-section, and student branch of A.I.E.E. Mr. Funk,
now on his annual tour of the branches throughout the
country, spoke on "Modern Frontiers" at a dinner
meeting at the Heidleberg Hofbrau. Mr. Funk, who
holds the rank of "fellow" in A.I.E.E., has had wide
experience as an operating and executive engineer with
the Philadelphia Electric Co. and several utilities.
                          .
Among the professors-
  Several members of the engineering faculty left the
university at the close of last semester:
  Instructor T. C. Fong, Chinese member of the chem-
ical engineering faculty, left the university to work for
Shell Development Co. Mr. Fong, who received his Ph.D.
degree here in 1943, has been a member of the staff ever
since then. He hopes to spend several years in industry
getting experience and then wants to return to China.
  Mr. D. N. Hanson, also a chemical engineering in-
structor, is likewise going with the Shell Development Co.
Mr. Hanson obtained his doctor's degree here in May,
1943, and taught for two semesters.
  Mr. E. H. Scheibe, instructor in electrical engineering,
left at the end of the semester to work for the Jansky
and Bailey Co., consulting radio engineers in Washing-
ton, D.C. Mr. Scheibe was a student at Wisconsin from
1936 to 1940. Since that time he taught in the math,
physics, and E.E. departments. He was a member of Eta
Kappa Nu, Pi Mu Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Psi.
STATIC ...
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  "Is my face dirty or is it my imagination?"
  "Well, your face is clean, but I don't know about your
imagination."
                       0  0  0
  Kodiak, the Eskimo, was sitting on
a story. He finished and got up.
  "My tale is told," he said.
a cake of ice telling
                       o  0  0
  Anyone can play bridge, but it takes a cannibal to
throw up a good hand.
                       o 0
  "This is a splendid fit," said the tailor as he carried the
epileptic out of the shop.
                       o  0  0
  The hen in the basement was laying in a supply of coal.
                       o  0  0
  Pledge (at dinner table): "Must I eat this egg?"
  Brother: "Yer damn right!"
  Silence.
  Pledge: "The beak, too?"
                       o  0  0
               POME
I used to think that calculus
Was something to bewilder us.
I simply could not understand
Those weird looking integrands.
Coordinates, polar and Cartesian,
Were things not given to my reason.
The formulas with sine and cos'n
To use with polar axis chosen,
Were bad enough, and yet I saw
For revolution, Pappus' Law.
And what is done, in all creation,
With double or triple integration?
Except to find what's in the void
Of an hyperbolic paraboloid
(That funny shape, that was, perchance,
The mold for Uncle Willie's pants.)
I'll never have affinity
For functions at infinity,
And therefore ever must be wary
Of limits come imaginary.
And further still my brain it wearies,
When coming to the power series.
Those long and troublesome equations
For finding logarithmic relations.
And so it goes from fall to spring
With calculus and everything.
Math's hard at first, but when applied,
Is a handy weapon at my side.
To master calculus this year
Will help me be an engineer.
                  -By Cal Knoke, CE 2.
THE WISCONSIN ENGINEER
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