I was heading out last night so I decided to do some quick postop rounds before i left and make sure no one had a compartment syndrome or something. The nurse told me one of my patients wanted to see me, so I figured he had some questions about the surgery since it was a 4 hour reconstruction of the foot and ankle. I went in an his wife and son were in there.
Me: Hi! [The nurse] said you wanted to talk to me?
Son: Yeah. What's (a+b)^2?
Wife: See!? I told you she would know that! She's a doctor!
Son: S***. I really thought she was going to say (a+b)^2.
And that's the second time this year I've used math on the job.
Apparently the wife and son were having some sort of lively debate on how useful Algebra 2 was exactly and whether or not you actually needed it in daily life. Not sure how I got dragged into this one, but for the record, yes, I passed algebra 2 back in the day. Haven't used it since, but I did do pretty good in it junior year of high school, if I recall correctly. So I'm going to side with the son that no, I do not need it in my daily life, but I guess I wound up supporting the wife's argument because she figured if I remembered it, I must use it.
(I don't. Every now and then I need to add things, the forms in clinic only give you the patient's date of birth and not age so I need to subtract on a regular basis, I've done some multiplication for things like prescriptions...but I don't even remember the last time I divided two numbers.)