Yesterday, while out having dinner with my friends Sean and Bang, the conversation turned nerdy. Specifically, the conversation turned to mathematics. More specifically – Calculus.
Don’t misunderstand – we weren’t sitting at the dinner table taking derivatives or calculating integrals – although that would have been perfectly fine in my book. Instead, we were chatting about Calculus and limericks.
At this point I feel that I should inform you that I have never, in all of my years of studying mathematics and statistics, heard of Calculus limericks. At least, none like the limerick I’m about to present to you. I have heard of certain math based rhymes such as the math cheer:
Sine! Sine! Cosine! Sine!
Three point one four one five nine!
Derivative to the left!
Derivative to the right!
Fight! Fight! Fight!
But limericks? No.
After learning of this particular limerick (shown below) – which I might add is mathematically valid – I felt compelled to share it here. If you know of any others, please, please, please let me know. These are too much fun not to share; especially to my undergraduate classes.
Without further ado, here is the Calculus limerick that I learned last night. Thanks to Sean for bringing this gem to me.
The limerick reads:
The integral of t squared dt
From one to the cube root of three
Times the cosine of three pi over nine
Equals log1 of the cube root of e.
1 Here we assume that log is the natural logarithm.
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