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Why do profs sometimes not answer the question?


Active member
Feb 1, 2012
Sometimes profs don't answer the right question. In class we were looking at parts of a cable and I asked which part was the sheath and he said "well when we pass this around you can actually see the different parts" and went off on a tangent. Do they this because:
  1. It's a bad question
  2. They don't understand the question
  3. It would mess up their lesson plan
  4. They don't know
  5. They want students to look it up themselves

What should I do? Should I repeat the question?


"Read Euler, read Euler." - Laplace
MHB Math Helper
Feb 29, 2012
Repeating the question is a good way to go in this case, make it clear that you still haven't gotten your answer. "Excuse me professor, could you please show it to me then? If I don't know which one it is, I won't be able to recognize its difference from the others."


Well-known member
Feb 2, 2012

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