You know when you zone out in math class and wonder, when will I ever actually use this in real life? Well, one genius college student actually found a pretty sick way to make trigonometry cool again: she calculated the angle of her dab.
It all started on Friday afternoon, when Anicca Harriot, a 20-year-old student at Regent University in Virginia, took a walk through a park near campus with her friends between classes. They took this picture:
Anicca is taking a physics class and just finished learning about vectors, so she couldn't help but wonder,what was the angle of her dab?
So, she started calculating...
... and discovered that she dabbed at 31.70 degrees.
"I knew it obviously wasn't going to be the most 'accurate' measure, but I figured it'd be fun to do the math anyway," she told BuzzFeed News.
I calculated the angle of my dab.
How's your Friday going? pic.twitter.com/GRfCB3fQyZ
- Anicca (@13adh13) September 2, 2016
Her tweet instantly went viral, racking up 34,000 likes and 25,000 retweets in just a few days. The responses to her tweet were totally epic. Some of her highest praise:
it's worth mentioning that i want to be like @13adh13 because she is insanely smart, beautiful, & full of grace, not because she went viral
- haley mckee (@haleysmckee) September 5, 2016
I have a diamond ring. Please come and calculate its circumference around your finger too. https://t.co/7fBsMaqANS
- Chukwubuikem (@celestocalculus) September 4, 2016
- Emmanuel Beckham, Jr (@manualautomaton) September 3, 2016
@BrockBrames one of the most valuable uses of trigonometry I've seen.
- Travis Fink (@travis_fink) September 4, 2016
Students who understand how she calculated the angle were pretty pleased with themselves:
@13adh13 idk why but this makes me so happy bc I know exactly how you did this
- taylor loves michael (@5secondsofcray) September 3, 2016
And least one math teacher is actually going to put this into practice.
@13adh13 I think you just wrote my lesson plans for next week. Thanks!
- rebel teacher (@coreycamino) September 3, 2016
@13adh13 if trig teachers across America don't start using this to motivate kids to solve for an acute angle, we have failed our students.
- Girl Person (@butlikewhatev) September 3, 2016
But it turns out that there's actually one major downside about going viral:
the irony is that all of this excitement distracted me from studying for physics
- Anicca (@13adh13) September 5, 2016
Womp, womp. Back to work!
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