Fictitious Problems in Mathematics

  title={Fictitious Problems in Mathematics},
  • Linguistics
  • Nature
THE alleged inaccuracies of language in stating the assumed conditions of smoothness or roughness prevailing between two bodies in contact are unfortunately so common that it is the exception rather than the rule to find any problem in which these conditions are correctly worded. In working through a chapter of Besant's “Dynamics” with a class the other day, I came across no less than two problems in which a “perfectly rough” body was supposed to be in contact with a second body which in turn…