## Math Haiku

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!

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

2. Anonymous Student says:

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. Cheri Smexi says:

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

4. [...] Math Haiku (mrhonner.com) [...]

5. Timothy Ree says:

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

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

6. UMD Math says:

math applied creates
today’s society
but PhD calls

7. Mike Lawler says:

Take as a given
That the statement in the haiku below
is false.