### [2018-01-31] The Fundamental Equation

Posted:

**Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:13 pm**
by **Tony**

https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/the-f ... l-equationAnyone ever noticed (or, better yet,

calculated) the frequency with which Zach repeats the word "THE" after a line break?

### Re: [2018-01-31] The Fundamental Equation

Posted:

**Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:26 pm**
by **StCredZero**

Reminds me of a coworker who asked me, "Have you seen The Saving The Private Ryan?"

### Re: [2018-01-31] The Fundamental Equation

Posted:

**Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:25 am**
by **Jeroen**

Nice cartoon!

But I would disagree with the statement "Utility remains constant" given the graph. It would seem "Desire to help", Y, is negatively correlated with "Ability to help", X. So Y = A - B*X. When you define utility as the product of "Desire to help" and "Ability to help", it follows that utility = Y * X = A*X - B * X^2. This formula has a local maximum when the derivative equals zero, so at A - 2*B*X = 0. It follows that utility of children grows until the age where ability to help equals A /(2*B) , after which it decreases again. So maybe if we can quantify the parameters of this system, we can find a way to trap our children forever in the state where utility is maximised?

### Re: [2018-01-31] The Fundamental Equation

Posted:

**Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:38 pm**
by **Tony**

I noticed the other day that Zach had fixed the doubled "THE" in the second panel, and now it's unfixed again.

Curiouser and curiouser!

### Re: [2018-01-31] The Fundamental Equation

Posted:

**Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:25 pm**
by **BlueKrait**

Tony wrote:I noticed the other day that Zach had fixed the doubled "THE" in the second panel, and now it's unfixed again.

Curiouser and curiouser!

Don't you mean Curioser and the curioser?

### Re: [2018-01-31] The Fundamental Equation

Posted:

**Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:36 am**
by **gvest**

BlueKrait wrote:Don't you mean Curioser and the curioser?

That sound like one of those 80s cartoons about a parental figure taking a gaggle of kids on science themed adventures.