chemistry final

Introductory Chemistry at Duke has been taught for about a zillion years by
professor Bonk (really), and his course is semi-affectionately known as
“Bonkistry.” He has been around forever, so I wouldn’t put it past him to
come up with something like this. Anyway, one year there were these two guys
who were taking Chemistry and who did pretty well on all of the quizzes and
the midterms and labs, etc., such that going into the final the had a solid
A.

These two friends were so confident going into the final that the weekend
before finals week (even though the Chem. final was on Monday), they decided
to go up to U. Virginia and party with some friend up there. So they did
this and had a great time. However, with there hangovers and everything,
they overslept all day Sunday and didn’t make it back to Duke until early
Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final then, what the did was to find professor Bonk
after the final and explain to him why they missed the final. They told him
that they went up to U.Va for the weekend, and had planned to come back in
time to study, but that they had a flat tire on the way back and didn’t have
a spare and couldn’t get help for a long time and so were late getting back
to campus. Bonk thought this over and then agreed that they could make up
the final on the following day. The two guys were elated and relieved.

So they studied that night and went in the next day at the time Bonk had told
them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test
booklet and told them to begin. They looked at the first problem, which was
something simple about molarity and solutions and was worth 5 points. “Cool”
they thought, “This is going to be easy.” They did that problem and then
turned the page. They were unprepared, however, for what they saw on the
next page. It said:

(95 Points) Which tire?
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