So I got a math exam back today, I did fine on it, however I really thought when I turned it in that I had done better.
But this is either here nor there.
After getting our exams back as a class, we looked over most of the harder questions on the exam and we went over how to solve them. I couldn't help but realize when I was looking over my test that on one of the longer problems I somehow did the problem completely and utterly wrong, and yet I still got the correct answer. I mean, what I did to get the correct answer was highly illegal, and I really should not have gotten the correct answer, but somehow in this one instance, I was just lucky enough that it appeared on my page.
Now unfortunately my professor had marked me getting this question completely and totally wrong, which didn't really sit right with me. The instructions for the question did not say "answer this question the way that we went over in class," it simply said "solve."
Considering that I did in fact "solve" the problem, I felt that I should get the points that I rightly deserved for getting it correct, so after class was over, I went up to the professor and explained my problem to her, much as I have explained it to you here.
Her response was that she felt that she would have me "had followed the right steps and gotten the wrong answer, the followed the wrong steps to get the correct answer."
Now don't get me wrong here, me actually getting the correct answer on this question was a miracle. The amount of chance and luck that I apparently had on my side that day was apparently impeccable.
If I would have known, I would have bought a lottery ticket.
Now I can understand both sides of the coin here, obviously it would have been best if I had followed the right steps to complete the problem correctly and get the correct answer; obviously that would be the best option. However, just based upon the instructions which I was given, I don't really feel that my answer should be counted wrong, sure I may have gone about a (very) unorthodox way of getting the correct answer, but I got it nonetheless and I feel that credit should be given where credit is due.
This brings up with question, which is more important, "being right," or "doing right?"
Anyway, my professor took my exam back and she said that she would "think about it." However I kinda doubt that anything will change, just knowing her and the way she is in class.
What do you guys think is more important, being right or doing right? And do you think that I deserve those points or not?
Thanks for reading, peace.