Any student who ever sat or slept through a mathematics course knows that certain words and phrases occur very frequently. This glossary might eliminate some confusion.

At least as old as: 15-Jan-1992 16:09

When the Instructor says | He really means |
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trivial | The student might be able to do it in three hours or so. |

simple | An "A" student can do it in a week or so. |

easy | This topic would make a good master's thesis. |

clear | The instructor can do it (he thinks). |

obvious | The instructor is sure it is in his notes somewhere. |

certainly | The instructor saw one of his instructors do it, but has completely forgotten how it was done. |

left as an exercise for the student | The instructor lost his notes. |

is well known | The instructor heard that someone once did it. |

can be shown | The instructor thinks it might be true, but has no idea how to prove it. |

the diligent student can show | It is an unsolved problem - probably harder than Fermat's last theorem. |