Math Haiku

Published by patrick honner on

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.


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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patrick honner

Math teacher in Brooklyn, New York


Tao Wang (@MathLaoshi) · October 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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

Anonymous Student · 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.

Cheri Smexi · October 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm

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

Timothy Ree · 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.

UMD Math · January 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm

math applied creates
today’s society
but PhD calls

Mike Lawler · April 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

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.

    Bill · April 22, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    It’s a paradox. Goes on forever

Amy W. · July 26, 2013 at 4:16 am

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?

Mao Ru · August 27, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Algebra is cool
Precalculus is awesome
Geometry sucks

Amy W · August 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Mao Ru: May I include your haiku in my book?

    Mao Ru · August 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    @Amy Y Yes

      Amy W. · September 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      thank you!

        JMD · May 9, 2020 at 11:08 am

        Math always sneaks in.
        Consider proper Haiku:
        It’s five, seven, five.

Amy · February 9, 2020 at 10:23 pm

Three point one four one
five nine two six five three five
eight nine and so on . . .

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