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!
You can read some haiku written by Geometry students here, and find out more about how I incorporate writing into math class here.
Once Euler looked out
at seven bridges to cross.
“Can’t be done,” he said.
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.
Math is easy now
calculators do the work
sit back and relax.
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A good haiku hides
the math in the imagery . . .
waves toward the shore
for example, two,
three gulls hovering above . . .
you, floating below.
math applied creates
today’s society
but PhD calls
Take as a given
That the statement in the haiku below
is false.
Please also accept
That the statement in the haiku above
is true.
I am a math professor at University of Alaska, and I am also working on an MFA in creative writing. For one of my MFA projects, I am working on editing and self-publishing a book of math haikus. Would it be alright if I included “Triangles are shapes / They have sharp, pointy edges / Don’t let them poke you.” from above? If so, what name should I credit?
Algebra is cool
Precalculus is awesome
Geometry sucks
Mao Ru: May I include your haiku in my book?
@Amy Y Yes
thank you!