# Thread: Oh No! Planet X on a State Test!

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## Oh No! Planet X on a State Test!

Yes! I am going to take a state test where i live, and when i was given a practice test, there was a question that read, "According to this diagram, what is the diameter of Planet X" I wanted to scream! I was going around saying, "Its not real...Its not real" And people who dont know about how Planet X simply doesnt exsist, believed the question and they were spreading around that we had a tenth planet! And this was on a state test! tut tut...

2. Would the correct diameter be zero then?

3. That's cute Vega115! But that question is referring to a "Planet X" on a diagram that might just as easily been labeled "Planet Y" and not the hypothetical PX of Leider-fame?

Hmmm.... maybe we should lobby all state test making groups to refrain from labeling any planets "X" on their diagrams.

4. dgruss23, you're not trying to cover this up are you? DISINFO-AGENT!!! *points to dgruss*

5. As I said once before - every time I try X-ing out X, X remains. :-?

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I believe the correct term would be planet x. If they used Planet X, it would mean they made up the name. If they used planet x it would mean any planet with x value.

I for one, think educators need to be alert to this problem, lest they confuse the little children about made up names vs unknown variables. :wink:

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Originally Posted by beskeptical
I believe the correct term would be planet x. If they used Planet X, it would mean they made up the name. If they used planet x it would mean any planet with x value.
I for one, think educators need to be alert to this problem, lest they confuse the little children about made up names vs unknown variables. :wink:
I havn't watched my The man from Planet X video yet but I would imagine that if the man from Planet X took a drivers license test it would say Planet X rather than planet x. Dont you think?

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8. Hey Wolf? 666 posts buddy. Better change that... :wink:

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Originally Posted by The Supreme Canuck
Hey Wolf? 666 posts buddy. Better change that... :wink:
You got it!

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well, now that i think about it, the test said , "What is the diameter of the hypotheical Planet X?" so, it was referring to the supposed Planet X...still, i would think a state test would have correct information!

11. Originally Posted by Vega115
well, now that i think about it, the test said , "What is the diameter of the hypotheical Planet X?" so, it was referring to the supposed Planet X...still, i would think a state test would have correct information!
Yikes! That sounds even worse - "The" Planet X implies our famous non-existent PX. If they didn't mean PX they shouldn't have said it that way. What information did they give in the question - or are you supposed to pull it out of ... well .... do what Nancy Leider does?

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I wonder if "whatever diameter is convenient for Nancy at the exact moment in time" would be a correct answer.

13. Originally Posted by Odinoneeye
I wonder if "whatever diameter is convenient for Nancy at the exact moment in time" would be a correct answer.
That must be it - because if you take all these supposed PX pictures and try to do actual science and calculate linear diameters from angular diameters in the photo you would undoubtably find PX pulsates more than a Cepheid variable.

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if you think thats funny, i got shown a GCSE paper in physics (thats the paper you take at age 16 in england) and one of teh questions was what would constitute sufficient evidence of life on mars. I reckon a flag and a green man was the answer that the examiners wanted.......
i'd continue typing, but the smoke from my ears (due to anger of course) is clouding over the monitor as we speak and ......

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Originally Posted by dgruss23
Originally Posted by Odinoneeye
I wonder if "whatever diameter is convenient for Nancy at the exact moment in time" would be a correct answer.
That must be it - because if you take all these supposed PX pictures and try to do actual science and calculate linear diameters from angular diameters in the photo you would undoubtably find PX pulsates more than a Cepheid variable.
I was actually thinking of putting that down! :P But i did the math, and the answer was around 300,000 miles or something...not exactly what i would call small! Is the sun even that big? :-? But io went up to the teacher at the end of class and pointed out that there is NO Planet X and he said, "We cant be sure of that" and i just said, go to www.badastronomy.com and look it up! :wink:

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Just an update, tomorow is the actual test, the test the question was on was a practice...so, now I'll have to see if it is really on the state test! If it is...I think i might go: on the state! hehe! i hope theres no question on "Planet X"!

17. Vega115 wrote: But io went up to the teacher at the end of class and pointed out that there is NO Planet X and he said, "We cant be sure of that"
What information was the teacher giving you information to calculate the size of Planet X from? Did the teacher mean the infamous PX of Nancy Leider?

Just an update, tomorow is the actual test, the test the question was on was a practice
Out of curiosity - The New York State Earth Science Regents is being given tomorrow. Is that the test you'll be taking -or are there other crazy states that still have school in session?

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Yep thatll be the test ill be taking today, well, actually in an hour and a half. I truthfully don't know how he found the diameter or whatever the question was asking, but it said, "The Hypothical Planet X" So I'm pretty sure that it was Nancy's planet! :roll:

19. Originally Posted by Vega115
Yep thatll be the test ill be taking today, well, actually in an hour and a half. I truthfully don't know how he found the diameter or whatever the question was asking, but it said, "The Hypothical Planet X" So I'm pretty sure that it was Nancy's planet! :roll:
Well what did you think of it? I just got done proctoring the exam (I used to teach the course but now I teach chemistry). I noticed an awful lot of astronomy was on the exam - much more than usual. There was a nice set of questions in which they used actual data from the planets orbiting upsilon Andromeda I think it was. There was also a question where you had to plot the stars of the constellation Orion.

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yea it seemed fair. Where did ya proctor? Maybe your one of my teachers...now that would be funny! Yea, one problem...i accidently did the graphs and charts and stuff in pen...though im pretty sure they were right so Im rather positive they wouldnt take off points! hehe! Now I've to hear about my Math A Regents...what an extravangsa thatlly be....the state screwed up HORRIBLY on it...one school, i saw on the news, all 89 students who took it failed....this is going to be interesting!

21. Originally Posted by Vega115
yea it seemed fair. Where did ya proctor? Maybe your one of my teachers...now that would be funny!
Since you've already taken the test I won't bother giving you latitude/longitude coordinates. Lets just say that I'm within 30-45 minutes of Binghamton, Ithaca, and Elmira.

Yea, one problem...i accidently did the graphs and charts and stuff in pen...though im pretty sure they were right so Im rather positive they wouldnt take off points! hehe!
I'm afraid I had to make a student rewrite all his answers because he messed up the graph doing that. Then there were the 10 or so students that did their written answers in pencil and had to rewrite them in pen.

Now I've to hear about my Math A Regents...what an extravangsa thatlly be....the state screwed up HORRIBLY on it...one school, i saw on the news, all 89 students who took it failed....this is going to be interesting!
It looks like a lot of districts across the state had trouble with the Math A exam. One school only had 7 of 101 pass the test and others said anywhere from 15 to 50% passing. A lot of Math teachers are hopping mad because the test didn't cover all the concepts they taught during the year.

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Originally Posted by dgruss23

Now I've to hear about my Math A Regents...what an extravangsa thatlly be....the state screwed up HORRIBLY on it...one school, i saw on the news, all 89 students who took it failed....this is going to be interesting!
It looks like a lot of districts across the state had trouble with the Math A exam. One school only had 7 of 101 pass the test and others said anywhere from 15 to 50% passing. A lot of Math teachers are hopping mad because the test didn't cover all the concepts they taught during the year.

yea...my school had an 85% failure rate i heard, i heard my teacher was bawling in hysterics...cuz she didnt even know half the stuff was going to be on the test, and told us not to study those things! I feel so bad for her, i heard that the state has anywhere from a 50-80% failure rate!

BUT, back ot the topic...i was so happy that there was no question on Planet X on the test, i saw the question on the planets orbiting Upsilion Andromeadae (sp?) and i was like..."Is this a planet X question???? Did Nancy make up this test?!?!" hehe... :P

23. [quote="Vega115
i was so happy that there was no question on Planet X on the test, i saw the question on the planets orbiting Upsilion Andromeadae (sp?) and i was like..."Is this a planet X question???? Did Nancy make up this test?!?!" hehe... :P[/quote]

They probably got the data for that question at this link which provides data on the extrasolar planets discovered so far.

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