20 Excuses For Not Doing Your Math Homework

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This is a list I made quite some time ago. Might as well publish it here.

1. Even Galileo didn’t know calculus, so why should I?

2. When I tried to reach my textbook, I could only reach half the distance, then when I tried to reach it again, I could only reach half of that distance, then…

3. I know the proof, but there isn’t enough space to write it in this narrow margin.

4. I was unable to find some logs in our backyard.

5. Since you were constantly talking about those imaginary stuff, I thought that the homework was just imaginary as well.

6. Wolfram Alpha was down last night.

7. I accidentally dropped it on a paper shredder, and it shredded my homework into an infinite number of pieces.

8. My homework is about Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem, so I didn’t complete it as well.

9. I have a solar powered calculator and it was raining all day.

10. My math skill is at a transcendental level, so I didn’t bother to show you my homework, you won’t comprehend it anyway.

11.  I had a constant amount of homework. I tried to derive its purpose, but I got nothing.

12. I tried to calculate the πth root of infinity and my computer exploded.

13. I was stuck in an infinite loop while using L’Hôpital’s rule.

14. I dug all around the yard but I never found the square roots that I needed

15. I ate too much pi and went to bed with a transcendental stomach ache.

16. I left it in the πth dimension, and I have to wait for another Pi day to be able to enter to that dimension again.

17. I was exhausted from moving countless decimal points and raising complicated algebraic expressions to large powers.

18. The range of the improper integrals was between zero and infinity, so I was unable to finish them.

19. I put my homework in my bag but a four-dimensional dog got in and ate it.

20. I tried to divide by zero and my homework burst into flames.

I hope that you would be able to determine the references that I used in some of the excuses especially in excuse #3. Well, if you can’t, you can always ask me.


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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

56 thoughts on “20 Excuses For Not Doing Your Math Homework

  1. One time my brother had to use “the dog ate my homework” excuse. The funny part was that our dog did really eat his homework! The teacher called our mom and verified that our dog did in fact “eat his homework!”


  2. My maths teachers told my parents, ‘It’s clear she is a humanist with no interest in maths,’ so my excuse for not doing my homework could be, ‘Sir, I thought it would be insulting to try and prove you wrong.’ 🙂


      1. Indeed.

        I’ve loved math for as long as I could remember. However, I’ve never liked it as a subject due to how boring my teachers were. They just taught it like how the textbooks explain the topics. Sadly for me, I already know all the topics beforehand so what I’d like to hear was new perspectives.

        I think I only started to enjoy math as a subject during my university years.

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