College News: New Professor Promises to Make Geometry “As Exciting as Calculus”
New Professor Promises to Make Geometry “As Exciting as Calculus”
Math students at Chrislip College had better “shape” up, because the geometry department is getting a new head honcho.
The newcomer is Professor Chuck Weaver. Previously employed by Louisiana State University, he’s scheduled to come north and assume his duties here in the fall.
Prof. Weaver achieved a measure of fame in geometric circles last summer when he discovered a previously unknown geometric shape. The “Chuckazoid” resembles a triangle in many respects, but it has four sides. Also, it’s yellow. And when you poke it, it whistles.
The Chuckazoid blew into Prof. Weaver’s yard in Shreveport during a fierce summer storm on the Gulf. “I looked out the window and saw this thing bouncing around the backyard. It fetched up against the fence, and I rushed out in the rain to grab it before the wind could carry it away.” He says it’s not unusual for Gulf storms to scare up strange things such as non-native birds and giant jellyfish. But this is the first time a storm scared up an independent, pre-existing geometric shape.
Prof. Weaver is believed to be the first Chrislip academic to discover a new shape since Coach Clark was caught drilling peepholes in the girls’ shower. The Chuckazoid is named in honor of Weaver’s high school geometry mentor, Alan Chuckazoid.