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Basic Trope: Mathematics in fiction portrayed inaccurately.

  • Straight: During a mathematics class at Tropery School, the board is covered in mathematical symbols that don't mean anything.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The board is covered with random numbers, letters, Greek letters, formulas from physics, shapes, and symbols.
    • The board is filled with obviously incorrect math like "1+2=4".
    • The math equations use patently ridiculous symbols for variables, like mushrooms and flowers.
  • Downplayed:
    • The board has meaningful mathematics, but it's too easy (or too hard) for the level at Tropery School.
    • Sometimes the math is portrayed accurately, sometimes it isn't.
  • Justified: Not applicable. (Any In-Universe explanation is a subversion.)
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • The board is seen covered in nonsense symbols, but it turns out it was a pupil that wrote it. The board is a prop for a play in which mathematics is made fun of.
    • Tropery School exists in a universe where meaningful maths looks like nonsense to us.
  • Double Subverted: Then a real Maths class at the school is shown. The mathematics is just as bad, if not worse.
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  • Parodied: Mathematics can look like every subject that isn't mathematics. For instance, at some point the board is filled with Spanish verbs conjugations and everyone says it's math.
  • Zig Zagged: There are equations that make sense, equations that makes no sense, and equations that make sense but are in the wrong context on the board.
  • Averted:
    • The mathematical symbols are accurate.
    • Even though the show is set at school, math class is never shown.
  • Enforced: Writers Cannot Do Math
  • Lampshaded: "Charlie, I need some help. Does the stuff on the board even mean anything?"
  • Invoked: The class has an uneducated substitute teacher.
  • Exploited: Charlie is given a "math" test, scribbles all over it, and gets a perfect score.
  • Defied: Macy sees the nonsense on the board, shudders "Who thinks this is maths?", erases everything on the board and writes some actual maths.
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  • Discussed: "I dread Maths class. I've never understood the weird symbols and formulas. It just makes no sense."
  • Conversed: "Why are the mathematical symbols on this show so inaccurate?"
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The writers want to make a Take That! to incompetent teachers or to the education system itself, so they do their research on whatever level of math it is, and then intentionally portray it inaccurately.
  • Deconstructed: When the nonsense is discovered, the teachers are fired for their incompetence.
  • Reconstructed: The teacher explains everything with Insane Troll Logic.
  • Played For Laughs: The inaccurate equations are a Running Gag.
  • Played For Drama: Tropery School is a bad school. Its pupils are children of families that can't afford anything better. The nonsense "maths" is just one sign of the low quality.

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