# High School Math

MISSION STATEMENT: To encourage and promote a greater use of the internet and computer technology in the math classroom. For educators, students, parents and homeschoolers.

## Saturday, November 27, 2010

## Friday, November 26, 2010

## Tuesday, November 23, 2010

## Friday, November 19, 2010

### Math Poems 4

**The Seaman's PI**

A sailor whose math we deplore

Measured circles when he was ashore.

He made us all sigh

And we wanted to cry

So we asked him just why

He liked to rely

On a figure for pi

That was 3 and not 3.14.

**The Adder**

A beautiful asp named Lenore

Found sums were a terrible bore.

"If I were an adder,

I'd be a lot gladder,

And would know 2 + 2 = 4."

**Reporters**

Reporters of all kinds galore

Think that math is a terrible bore.

In composing the news

They're quite sure that two twos

Equal three, eight, or five, but not four.

**Bill Gates**

The foresight and skill of Bill Gates

Made Microsoft one of the greats.

And you'll be rich, too,

If hard work, derring-do

And ambition are some of your traits.

**The Meter**

The Frenchmen invented the meter,

The gram, centigrade, and the liter.

The foot, quart, and pound

Lost a whole lot of ground

To a system which was a lot neater.

**Bell**

Alexander Graham Bell

In inventing was known to excel.

He thought the telegraph was a fine idea

But he knew his telephone would turn out

to be the communication panacea.

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### Math Poems 3

**Newton's Maxims**

The colors all add up to white.

You'll weigh less at some lofty height.

Law two says it's smart

When you crash in your cart

To hold tight with all of your might.

**Ptolemy**

There once was a fellow named Ptolemy

Whose earth-centered world seemed quite small to me.

'Till Kepler's three laws

Earned a thousand hurrahs

And made Ptolemy's plan a catastrophe.

**Konigsberg Puzzle**

The Konigsberg puzzle succeeded

In giving us fame, which we needed.

But that darned Mr. Euler,

The rotten old spoiler,

Has solved it despite how we pleaded.

**Konigsberg Bridges**

In Konigsberg, bridge number seven

Made us famous. Then Euler, by heaven,

Unriddled our game.

So to regain our fame

We'll build bridges eight through eleven.

**Euler**

The shape of the earth surely might

Be a bit like an eggplant upright

But Euler computed

What no one refuted;

The shape of a grapefruit's just right.

**Gauss**

Carl Frederick Gauss

Was never one to grouse.

But when his father wanted him to lay bricks

He said he really preferred mathematics.

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### Math Poems 2

**I Like Math**

I once thought that math was a bore;

Arithmetic gross to the core.

My textbook I tossed;

To tests said, “Get lost!”

And now I like math more and more.

**Odd and Even**

Zero, two, four, six, eight

Being even is just great.

One, three, five, seven, nine

Being odd is just fine.

**Great Distress**

When you talk to Math Teacher Zoser

And he gives you a task, don't say 'No, sir'.

To avoid great distress

You should always say 'yes'

For his anger could make you moroser.

**To Compute**

If ever you want to compute

And don't need to take a square root,

If used with some skill

An abacus will

Show everyone you're astute

**The Sphinx**

I often have looked at the Sphinx

And have figured out just what she thinks.

She's using her math,

To compute that her bath

Will need water from 10,000 sinks.

**Apollonius' Cone**

When you cut Apollonius' cone

There's a circle, but it's not alone.

A parabola, new,

A hyperbola, too,

And a perfect ellipse will be shown.

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