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## Math Haiku

In honor of the National Day on Writing, people on Twitter are tweeting about why they love to write (using the hashtag #whyIwrite).

There are many reasons I personally love to write, and as a math teacher, I love getting my students writing about math.

One easy way to do this is to have students write math-themed haiku.  It’s a simple exercise, it gets students thinking about math in a different way, and the elegance and efficiency of the style is reminiscent of mathematics itself!

So enjoy some math-themed haiku from my Calculus students.

 Solving math problems Getting lost along the way. You’re on the right track. Mathematicians Must always seek out patterns To make connections. Limit of a curve. Tangent at infinity. Straight line asymptote. Triangles are shapes They have sharp, pointy edges Don’t let them poke you.

Got a good math haiku?  Let’s hear it!

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1. October 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Once Euler looked out
at seven bridges to cross.
“Can’t be done,” he said.

2. October 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

See math everywhere
Welcome to Room 5N6
Home to Math Majors

Write five seven five
Hopefully you have noticed
Each of these is prime

I liked the haiku about Euler and the seven bridges problem, very original.

3. October 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Math is easy now
calculators do the work
sit back and relax.

4. December 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm

A good haiku hides
the math in the imagery . . .
waves toward the shore

for example, two,
three gulls hovering above . . .
you, floating below.

5. January 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm

math applied creates
today’s society
but PhD calls

1. November 16, 2011 at 12:12 am