Two university students learned a big lesson when they became overconfident going into finals week. The two friends were enrolled in a chemistry class at a large university. They both did pretty well on all of the quizzes, the midterms and the labs – so well, in fact, that going into the final both had a solid A.
These two friends were so confident about their grades and abilities that the weekend before finals week (the chemistry final was on Monday), they decided to go to a concert and party with some friends in a city that was a few hours drive from campus. They had a great time.
However, because their partying kept them up late, they slept all day Sunday and didn’t make it back to campus until early Monday morning. Rather than take the final then, they found their professor after the final and explained to him why they missed it. They told him they went to the city for the weekend and had planned to come back in time to study, but they had a flat tire on the way back, didn’t have a spare and couldn’t get help for a long time. So, they were late getting back to campus.
The professor thought this over and then agreed that they could take the final on the following day. The two friends were elated and relieved. They studied that night and went in the next day to take the test. The professor placed them in separate rooms, handed each of them a test booklet and told them to begin.
They looked at the first problem, which was something simple about molarities and solutions. The problem was worth 5 points. “Cool,” they thought, “this is going to be easy.”
They worked that problem and then turned the page. They were unprepared, however, for what they saw on the next page.
It said: (95 points) Which tire?
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