### End of term wrap-up

Dec. 16th, 2011 04:19 pmColleague: Do you know how to calculate percentages?

Me: (stunned) ... Yes.

Colleague: IF a student got 43 out of 50?

Me: It's an 86. You just multiply it by two.

Colleague: So that's how percentages work?

Me: Well, technically, you take the number of correct answers, divide by the total number of answers then multiply by 100.

Colleague: But that's not what you did. You just multiplied by two.

Me: (flabbergasted) Well, fifty is a special case.... is your final a fifty point test?

Colleague: Yes.

Me: Okay, if you take the total number of correct answers and multiply it by two, you'll get your percentages.

Colleague: THANKS! (He returns to his office.)

Okay... how does one become a tenured full professor without knowledge of basic math skills? His specialty is the performing arts, but still.

I mean... percentages! It's not like he was doing Calculus.