Sunday, March 23, 2014
The answer is either 0,1, or on the board
I have heard (and later told people) that the in a math course if you don't know the answer you should guess either 0 or 1 or something on the board. This works quite often.
I have heard that in a course on history of theater you should guess either
the theater burned down or prostitution. For example, the first musical
was The Black Crook and it happened because of a fire (see the pointer).
In upper level cell biology the guess is If only we could solve the membrane problem.
In a math talk you can always ask is the converse true? or Didn't Gauss prove that?
In computer science when someone asks me about a problem I say Its probably NP-complete.
In Christian Bible Study a good answer is either Salvation or Jesus. These are referred to as Sunday school answers.
If you know what the usual things to say in other fields is, please comment.