Name That Part: High School Math Edition

It just doesnt add up!
It just doesn't add up!

Math. Back in high school they told us we’d use it every day of our lives. Not believing them, I spent most of my math classes drawing cars in my notebook and fantasizing about showing them to the girls in the class so they could swoon over my mad car-drawing skills. Eventually, I found that I did need math in my daily life, as I started having to know whether a 7/16 open end would fit on a 16mm bolt (it won’t), and what oil-gas ratio should be on a two stroke Honda. And that leads us to today’s Name That Part.
That’s right, I’m highjacking Name That Part from Deartháir today as he’s busy with some sort of Moose emergency or something. So, back to math- Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Idontgetitometry. .  . for some people it just comes easy, and for others- well, it just doesn’t add up. The equation above should be something that’s readily recognizable if you’re one of the former, and it may have something to do with the part below. Or maybe it doesn’t, but that’s for you to figure out. So, as they say in high school- do the math.
Deartháir adds: For those of you wondering about Wednesday’s NTP, it was the throwout bearing from a Reliant Rebel. So what’s the tie in? Well, Khan was a bit of a sexy rebel, and the ship he commandeered was the USS Reliant. Oh, and Kirk beat him by attacking from a different bearing. There were some of you who were really close, and who may have actually guessed right, since those parts swap back and forth with damn near everything. Since some of you came within a hair’s breadth of guessing it, and did a really good job of identifying it, I’m awarding the victory to… myself. Go team Me! Yay me!

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37 responses to “Name That Part: High School Math Edition”

  1. Alff Avatar

    Whatever it is, I'm guessing it's prone to disintegration.

  2. Tanshanomi Avatar

    It's an ADD-on torque MULTIPLIER.

    1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      Ooohhh, always wanted one of those.

  3. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    I'm pretty sure it says Getrag on it, and as far as I know they do transmission and drivetrain stuff.
    There is a mysterious absence of the word "Calculus" in the article….. hmmmm, suspicious?

    1. Maymar Avatar

      That's what I saw too, and with the mention of differential, I'm wondering if it's off a Quattro Audi.

  4. SeanKHotay Avatar

    For further parsing down the Getrag part, it’s on something with an aluminum sub-frame/undercarriage. That should narrow it down a bit.

  5. Alff Avatar

    Queef differential

  6. SeanKHotay Avatar

    Since all but one are non-NA guesses, I’ll go the against the grain like I usually do.
    2000 Lincoln LS (or it’s sister the Jag S-Type)

    1. SeanKHotay Avatar

      “Transmission pan for a…”

  7. Deartháir Avatar

    I was going to take a guess, but I realized that it was wrong, and decided to use the part that I guessed for a future Name That Part instead.
    So instead, I'll guess that it's an automatic swirlie machine. Designed to be portable so that bullies can give swirlies to math nerds at any time or place without having to worry about getting them all the way to the bathroom without escaping.

  8. engineerd Avatar

    R' is the differential of R.
    Therefore this is a differential. Judging by the structure around it, I'm gonna say a C5 Corvette.

    1. discontinuuity Avatar

      That's what I thought, but did Getrag make diffs for the Corvette?

      1. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        For a long time they had Dana 44s.

      2. smalleyxb122 Avatar

        Getrag supplied/supplies differentials for C5 and C6 Corvettes, respectively.

  9. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Aluminum something or other…

  10. citroen67 Avatar

    It's a ride-leveling air compressor for a 1995 Buick Park Avenue with heated seats and dual zone climate control…oh, and a power antenna.

  11. Ladyboy hunter Avatar

    just plz write some more about tranny or trans as we would like to call them!

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    The best laptop life is generally many years?

  13. scientology Avatar

    I never in a million years would have thought to look at things in that light. This should make my afternoon a lot easier.

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    Great post thanks. x

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