CS High

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  • livor mortis: a purplish discoloration of the skin starting twenty minutes to three hours after death

  • TUESDAY MORNING, ZERO HOUR

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    Simon ripped the sheet of notebook paper out of his binder, crumpled it into a tight ball, and flung it across the room.

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  • Ping.

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    It ricocheted off the whiteboard and landed in a heap of a dozen others around the perimeter of the recycle bin.

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  • So much for a basketball scholarship, he thought.

  • He bit the eraser off his pencil and spat it out.

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    At this rate, he could kiss off his math scholarship, too.

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  • He glanced at the clock above the teacher’s desk.

  • Thirty-eight seconds.

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    Why couldn’t he differentiate the function of f(x) = e(3x)?

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  • This was elementary math.

  • Calculus 101, not multivariable.

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    He had solved more difficult equations in fourth grade.

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  • Simon’s hand shook as he plugged another set of numbers into his graphing calculator.

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    Simon

    Why can’t I solve this?

  • Is there some­thing wrong with my brain’s left parietal lobe?

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    He’d never had such difficulty before.

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  • “Brilliant,” teachers wrote on his report cards.