# The math limerick.

A real nerd can combine love of math and poetry, like so:

{(12+144+20+3(4)^0.5)/7}+5(11) = 81 + 0

It’s a true equation. And, it’s a limerick. Read it out loud and you’ll see:

A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square-root of four,
Divided by seven,
Plus five times eleven,
Is nine squared and not a bit more.

(Actually, since it’s not dirty, this might not officially qualify as a limerick.)

1. #1 Emily
September 6, 2006

\int_(1)^(3(1/3))(z^2 dz) cos(3pi/9) = ln (e^(1/3))

The integral of z square dz
from one to the cube root of three
times the cosine
of three pi over nine
equals log of the cube root of e.

ðŸ™‚

2. #2 chezjake
September 6, 2006

It’s not dirty, but it is gross; so it surely qualifies. ðŸ˜‰

3. #3 Scott Simmons
September 6, 2006

We’ll promise not to sue, if you promise to never, ever, do this again …

September 7, 2006

The integral of z square dz
from one to the cube root of three
times the cosine
of three pi over nine
equals log of the cube root of e.

Plus a constant.

5. #5 beajerry
September 7, 2006

OH…MY…GOD

6. #6 Emily
September 7, 2006

Plus a constant.

Nope — it’s a definite integral ðŸ˜‰

September 9, 2006

Huh?

8. #8 geekwraith
September 10, 2006

Oh, it officially qualifies as a limerick, no question. Check out the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick form (its acronym gives rise to the oedilf-dot-com url. You ought to figure out what word your lim could define and submit it. :oD

Here are some more math lims, just to give you an idea (no, I’m not the author — at least, not of these :oP ):

The relation where p exceeds b
Implies b’s never greater than p
(Unlike j = k,
Which means k = j),
So it’s antisymmetric, you see.

Using step-by-step math operations,
It performs with exact calculations.
An algorithm’s job
Is to work out a “prob”
With repeated precise computations.

And of course, they do try to sneak a little humor in:

If a matrix derives all its actors
From its parent’s square matrix cofactors,
Was useful in college;
When dating, such facts are detractors.

And this one… well, I tip my hat to the guy who came up with it:

Now I note a verse rendering pi,
Within which the words strictly high-
How to get scripted
This number in digits. Just try!
(Author’s Note: This verse can be decrypted to give the value of Ï€ to 24 decimal places. Simply count the number of letters in each word and you will get 3.141592653589793238462643.)

… I love limericks. I’ve contributed upwards of 30 to the aforementioned “Limerictionary” myself, but I’m not posting any of them here. (Some of them are geeky, but not math-related. :oP)

9. #9 Jonathan Vos Post
March 4, 2007

2 Biolimerix
by
Jonathan Vos Post

Some creatures attempt the invisible
we find the chameleon risible
one spots one at times
the way imperfect rhymes
in a poem stand out individual

Though the shell of a poem be bony
the sea-otter, he takes a stone, he
floats to dinner, dressed furrily,
cracks it open, then thoroughly,
eats the meat of the sweet abalone.

0300-0450
19 Nov 1978