The Missed Exam
is another item that appeared in the December edition of a local publication
Good Life Press.
The Missed Exam
Introductory Chemistry was taught at Duke University for many years
by professor Bonk. One year, two guys took the class and did pretty
well on all the quizzes and mid-terms - so much so that going into the
final, they each had a solid A. These two friends were so confident
going into the final that the weekend before finals week, despite the
Chemistry final being on Monday, they decided to go to the University
of Virginia to party with some friends.
They did this and had
a great time. However, with their hangovers and tiredness, they overslept
all day Sunday and didn't make it back to Duke until early Monday morning.
Rather than taking the final then, they found professor Bonk after the
final and explained to him how they missed the final. They told him
they went up to the University of Virginia for the weekend and had planned
to come back in time to study, but they had a flat tire on the way back
and didn't have a spare. They couldn't fix it for a long time and were
late getting back to campus.
Bonk thought this over and agreed
they could take the final the following day. The two guys, elated and
relieved, studied that night and went in the next day at the time that
Bonk had told them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed each
of them a test booklet. He told them to begin.
They looked at
the first problem which was something simple about molarity and solutions;
it was worth 5 points. "Cool," they thought, "this is going to be an
easy final." They then turned the page. They were unprepared, however,
for what they saw on it. The question contained only two words: (95
points) Which tire?
Posted December 26, 2013