I love a good math limerick. And, no, “Nantucket” is never a destination for some mathematician in a good math limerick. Here’s a new one I discovered online:

[tex]displaystyle int_{0}^{frac{pi}{6}} sec y , dy = ln sqrt{3} (i)^{64}[/tex]

For the laymen,

The integral sec y dy -> (read as “seek y dee y”)

From zero to one-sixth of pi

Is the log to base e

Of the square-root of three

Times the sixty fourth power of i.

This rivals my favorite limerick of all time. And I can’t talk about limericks without repeating it for you:

[tex]displaystyle int_1^{sqrt[3]{3}} z^2 , dz cdot cos left( frac{3pi}{9} right) = ln sqrt[3]{e} [/tex]

Again, for the unconverted,

The integral z-squared dz

From one to the cube root of 3

Times the cosine

Of three pi over nine

Is the log of the cube root of e.

“It’s gold, Jerry! Gold!”

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I don’t know much about this sort of thing but my gut tells me these are variations of the same formula.

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Well, all equalities are essentially perversions of 1=1, but aside from that, these two limericks are in no way derivative of each other.

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My class loved these! Just had to change the second one to t squared dt, to keep the rhyme over here in England 🙂

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WEAK KAYO TANG INA NYO BOBO SUPOT !!

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Ah, calculus limericks – the rarest of all Anapestic subspecies. Well done!

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Hah that’s cool! =)

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sir issac newton vs. bill nye (youtube it) has the same limerick in rap form

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The second of the integral limericks above (the one with ‘z square dz…’ ) indeed sounds cool, but I don’t think it works out mathematically. Two other engineers and myself have evaluated it and keep coming up with 2/3 = 1/3, which is of course incorrect.

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Dr. Zen, you and your engineers aren’t the brightest bunch, are you? Im guessing you forgot to multiply by cos(3pi/9) (which = 1/2)

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I still think your fav limerick is better than the new one 🙂

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