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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross


The Prince and the Pauper (1990)

A movie featuring Mickey Mouse.
TEACHER: To review Sire, all triangles have three sides and the relations between these sides are known as ratios. Trigonometry is the branch of mathematics that deals with the properties and …
(Prince yawning away, looking out of the window)
TEACHER: Sire, if you could give me your full attention. Name the three secondary trigonometric ratios. You may begin.
PRINCE: Contangent, … secant. What is it? What is it? (All the while playing pranks on Donald)
TEACHER: Yes, yes.
PRINCE: Cosecant.
TEACHER: We have been through this time and time again. It’s hypothenuse, hypothenuse!