Like many students, Calvin has never been confident with numbers. He’s often forced to ask Susie Derkins for answers in class, and makes full use of his surprisingly math-literate tiger, Hobbes, for homework help. I’ve shown some of these C & H strips before a lesson as a way to try to illustrate the somewhat arbitrary nature of mathematics.

Be careful with this one. Some students can really run with the *math atheist* idea:

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I think Hobbes is on to something. Vector addition perhaps? A+ for effort and ingenuity, that’s for sure!

And lastly, who knew that tigers had developed the ability to understand and work with imaginary numbers?

I love Calvin and Hobbes, he has some really funny but also really poignant moments. Teachable moments abound throughout his strips!