Calculus bet


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Two mathematicians, Joe and Richard , were having dinner in
a restaurant. They were arguing about the average
mathematical knowledge of the American public. Richard
claimed that this average was woefully inadequate while Joe
maintained that it was surpassingly high.

"I'll tell you what, "said Richard, "when I get back from the
bathroom we'll ask our waitress a simple calculus question. If
she gets it right, I'll pick up dinner. If not, you do, okay?"
they agreed, but once he'd left Joe called the waitress over.

"When my friend comes back, " he told her, " he's going to
ask you a question; you should respond "one third x cubed'
no matter what the question is; got that? There's twenty
bucks in it for you." She happily agreed to the gag.

Richard returned from the men's room and called the
waitress over. "The food was wonderful," he stated,
"incidentally, do you know what the integral of x squared is?"

The waitress looked startled, then pensive, almost pained.
She looked around the room, at her feet , made gurgling
noises, (Joe was starting to sweat) and finally said, "Umm,
one third x cubed?"

Joe beamed in relief as an astonished Richard paid the
check and a clearly irritated waitress muttered under her
breath, "... plus a constant."





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