tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post1048506195273883730..comments2023-01-09T08:35:14.592-08:00Comments on Math Mama Writes...: Challenge: Write a Kids' Poem about MathSue VanHattumhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comBlogger38125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-63951160478141511252012-09-21T08:29:44.783-07:002012-09-21T08:29:44.783-07:00Jill, I wrote a post about a month after this one,...Jill, <a href="http://mathmamawrites.blogspot.com/2010/02/math-poetry-wiki.html" rel="nofollow">I wrote a post</a> about a month after this one, about <a href="http://mathpoetry.wikispaces.com/home" rel="nofollow">the wiki I set up for math poetry</a>. You can add pages to it yourself. (Feel free to ask for help. You can email me at math anthology editor without the spaces, on gmail.) That's one option. Another is using google sites (https://sites.google.com/). Or you could start a blog and set up a page on it for the poetry. There are probably other good options, too, that I'm not thinking of.Sue VanHattumhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-85611236743933795262012-09-20T19:42:41.029-07:002012-09-20T19:42:41.029-07:00I'm a teacher, and I'd like my kids to cre...I'm a teacher, and I'd like my kids to create math poems and post them to a site. Do you know how I can go about it? Thanks!Jillnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-40302499044442766272012-02-26T13:26:14.700-08:002012-02-26T13:26:14.700-08:00to all. Was doing a search for younger children Ma...to all. Was doing a search for younger children Math poems. Things like: "2, 4, 6, 8, who do you appreciate?" Poems that i can use in daily activities with young children (& autistic kids) to have the memorize skip counting of 2's, 5's, and 10's. Does anyone out there know of any? I want to use them when cleaning up, or other transition times in the classroom.Jan Snoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-44230055251129822112011-12-10T20:02:15.630-08:002011-12-10T20:02:15.630-08:00Oh, brilliant, thanks all! I'm starting a math...Oh, brilliant, thanks all! I'm starting a maths class for the first time next year and a few of these (with poet credited) are definitely going up on my wall. <br />Perfect, as I'm and English teacher, too.<br /><br />(PS: & thanks for the wiki, Sue.)mindbodymathshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06675095136065777642noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-90760272082252232922010-02-13T08:40:56.892-08:002010-02-13T08:40:56.892-08:00Ok, here's one:
The Pleasure of Struggling
I...Ok, here's one:<br /><br /><b>The Pleasure of Struggling</b><br /><br />I can’t get this.<br />It doesn’t make sense.<br />What are they talking about?<br /><br />I will never get this.<br />It’s crazy.<br /><br />Wait…<br /><br />Hmm…<br /><br />Ah! <br />If I put this with this…<br /><br />No…<br />Hmm…<br /><br />Oh my!<br />Look at that!<br />How cool!<br /><br />May I have another, please?<br /><br />===<br /><br />And now I'll put up a new post about this.Sue VanHattumhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-57266902389462180312010-02-12T22:35:36.407-08:002010-02-12T22:35:36.407-08:00Hi Sue,
Take some of mine too if you like. But ma...Hi Sue,<br /><br />Take some of mine too if you like. But many of them go with Punya's ambigrams. Here is one on doing math.<br /><br />http://gbnotes.blogspot.com/2009/01/discover.html<br /><br />The scientific training, <br />teaches how to discover.<br /><br />The artistic training<br />teaches how to uncover.<br /><br />The mathematician uncovers,<br />only to discover --<br />new things to uncover.Gaurav Bhatnagarhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17526386852258537327noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-84443906530262715792010-02-12T21:22:13.243-08:002010-02-12T21:22:13.243-08:00I'm working on a wiki for these, but wanted to...I'm working on a <a href="http://mathpoetry.wikispaces.com/" rel="nofollow">wiki</a> for these, but wanted to get each person's permission to post there. <br /><br />Heidi, I have no way to contact you. If you see this, please email me (suevanhattum on hotmail) to let me know whether I can post your poem there. <br /><br />I'm posting them all for now, and will delete any that don't give permission.Sue VanHattumhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-90492730703234977532010-02-12T08:45:07.776-08:002010-02-12T08:45:07.776-08:00Nope, no need to make a new one. I said I 'd c...Nope, no need to make a new one. I said I 'd collect them on the 12th. That's today, and I'm on a deadline. I'll do it sometime next week (I hope).Sue VanHattumhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-13165450809256461202010-02-12T08:28:24.371-08:002010-02-12T08:28:24.371-08:00Do our poems have to be made new for this post? If...Do our poems have to be made new for this post? If not, here's an old favorite of mine.<br /><br />Math:<br />Word<br />Problem,<br />Mental play.<br />Archimedes shouts,<br />“Eureka! I figured it out.”<br /><br />From <a href="http://letsplaymath.wordpress.com/2006/04/18/fibonacci-poetry-fun/" rel="nofollow">Fibonacci poetry = fun!</a><br /><br />DeniseAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-33359550551115874772010-02-07T11:41:48.624-08:002010-02-07T11:41:48.624-08:00OK, I blogged about your challenge but failed to t...OK, I blogged about your challenge but failed to take it myself...until one of my readers pointed out the error of my ways. So I have added my own poem to the pot.<br /><br />http://www.writeshop.com/blog/2010/02/02/writing-math-poetry/<br /><br />Thanks for the great idea!In Our Write Mindshttp://www.writeshop.com/blognoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-53621176476665373632010-01-27T17:41:41.277-08:002010-01-27T17:41:41.277-08:00Love your poems. I wrote a few too, for example:
...Love your poems. I wrote a few too, for example:<br /><br />http://gbnotes.blogspot.com/2009/01/isosceles-triangle.html<br /><br />If you click on Math Poettary, you will find a few. <br /><br />Keep writing.Gaurav Bhatnagarhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17526386852258537327noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-37109744968647687672010-01-26T13:01:45.244-08:002010-01-26T13:01:45.244-08:00A limerick, this time around
Doesn’t it just race...A limerick, this time around<br /><br />Doesn’t it just race your heart to see<br />These games with numbers and infinity.<br />How can one stay aloof<br />From the elegance of a proof<br />Time to groove on mathematics’ and beauty.Punya Mishrahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14065661998381252793noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-79419847728580181242010-01-26T12:03:19.984-08:002010-01-26T12:03:19.984-08:00I will read your poem when you post it. I'm no...I will read your poem when you post it. I'm not a free verse person at all. I do like math. I like formulas which is probably why I like limericks which tell me just how I'm supposed to put it together. :)leehttp://thekingwillmakeaway.wordpress.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-7952975359335317602010-01-25T13:11:30.703-08:002010-01-25T13:11:30.703-08:00>Oh dear, I'm just not succeeding at this, ...>Oh dear, I'm just not succeeding at this, but I won't give up. Will these verses help?<br /><br />My turn to say oh dear. I'm sorry. I definitely didn't mean to say there was anything wrong with your revised poem. I was more thinking along the lines that, since you enjoy thinking about primes, you'd enjoy a poem from someone else that comes from another perspective.<br /><br />And Lee, you're doing better than I am. I haven't yet added anything to the list here. I wonder why. I love writing poetry. Maybe I think of Mother Goose style as having stricter meter, and most of my poems are free verse.<br /><br />I'll start working on a poem today.Sue VanHattumhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-71536543407626254602010-01-25T11:42:00.554-08:002010-01-25T11:42:00.554-08:00here's some more metaphysics of "one"...here's some more metaphysics of "one".<br /><br /><a href="http://www.alansim.com/enghtml/eng053.html" rel="nofollow">"green grow the rushes"</a>. <br />*classic* children's verse,<br />from wales, learned at<br />my mother's knee. kind of.<br />(she didn't know it well<br />and i can't be said to know<br />it at all. but i've just looked<br />it up...)<br /><br />but *i* say math starts with *zero* not one.<br />the earth was without form and *void*.<br /><br />let me pin this down outside the scriptural realm.<br /><br />*multiplicative* theory starts with 1.<br />but *additive* theory starts with 0.<br /><br />corresponding to sue's "why 1<br />shouldn't count as a prime",<br />we *won't* count "0" when<br />we count "partitions".<br /><br />4= 4<br />4 = 3+1<br />4 = 2+ 2<br />4 = 2+ 1 + 1<br />4 = 1+ 1+ 1 + 1<br /><br />and... ignoring "reorderings" <br />like 4 = 1+3... this is *all*<br />the ways to partition "4".<br /><br />but if we start allowing <br />4=4+0<br />4=4+0+0<br />4=4+0+0+0<br />and so on, we have<br />an infinite list of <br />boring objects useful only<br />for showing the need of<br />careful definitions.<br /><br />same with 5= 5*1*1*1.<br />1 is a "unit" not a prime.<br /><br />(another well-known "unit"...<br />in the integers, not the <br />naturals... is -1.<br />"x" is a unit [in a "ring"]<br />if there's an object "y"<br />satisfying "xy = 1".<br />thus -1 counts because<br />of course (-1)(-1) = 1.)<br /><br />anyhow, since *adding* is a more<br />"primitive" operation than *multiplying*,<br />and since 0-- the "additive identity"--<br />plays the same role in addition<br />as 1--the "multiplicative identity"--<br />plays for multiplication...<br />i now claim that 0 is <br />*even more basic*<br />to the number system<br />than 1. (every ring-theorist<br />knows this in their marrow.<br />very few other people know<br />it at all i imagine.)<br /><br />otAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-64850291485417301912010-01-25T01:28:13.102-08:002010-01-25T01:28:13.102-08:00Oh dear, I'm just not succeeding at this, but ...Oh dear, I'm just not succeeding at this, but I won't give up. Will these verses help?<br /><br />Then there is one, all alone,<br />with no factors of its own,<br />not even prime, <br />but that's just fine,<br />for from one comes most math as its known.<br /><br />A long time ago, just for fun,<br />in order to name a sum,<br />it had to be,<br />so you shall see,<br />the assumption of a unit one. <br /><br /><br />I think it shows something of the beauty of math that it all comes down to one. You can't prove 1 + 1 = 2 without the assumption of the existence of one.leehttp://thekingwillmakeaway.wordpress.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-56587235183764997262010-01-24T12:55:26.284-08:002010-01-24T12:55:26.284-08:00We've got about 10 poems. Can we come up with ...We've got about 10 poems. Can we come up with more? Any other math poets out there? <br /><br />On February 12 I'll collect everything here, try to find a few more, and post about it, in time for the next blog carnival.Sue VanHattumhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-64839275621094803532010-01-24T12:51:18.829-08:002010-01-24T12:51:18.829-08:00Don't be embarrassed. If it's not somethin...Don't be embarrassed. If it's not something you're into, it's easy to forget details ...<br /><br />And you've added to a delightful collection we could all publish together someday. (Am I too optimistic?)<br /><br />Anyone want to try to write another poem about primes that says something about why we care?Sue VanHattumhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-52541480989384220492010-01-24T12:29:17.589-08:002010-01-24T12:29:17.589-08:00How embarrassing. I wondered about one but didn...How embarrassing. I wondered about one but didn't bother to look it up. You'll have to forgive me. My oldest child is nine. Haven't thought about prime numbers in years. Okay, no problem, revised version.<br /><br />Three, five and seven are fine,<br />thirteen and fifteen sublime,<br />two is fun,<br />and thirty-one,<br />all of these numbers are prime!leehttp://thekingwillmakeaway.wordpress.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-19870661191561270802010-01-24T04:42:42.115-08:002010-01-24T04:42:42.115-08:00Hi Lee, that's a sweet one.
But unfortunatel...Hi Lee, that's a sweet one. <br /><br />But unfortunately, one isn't prime. I'll try to explain why, but if what I say doesn't make sense, please let me know.<br /><br />If you take a number like 12 and factor it all the way down to its prime factors, you get 2x2x3. If you allowed 1 as a prime, how many 1's would you put in the list? You can put none, or one (2x2x3x1) or as many as you like, it'll still multiply to 12. Since 1 doesn't help it break down into smaller numbers, we don't count 1 as one of the primes.<br /><br />I'm trying to think how you could fix it. If you said 'Even just two' (since two is the smallest prime, and is unusual being the only even prime), I don't know what would rhyme well in the line before.<br /><br />Anyone else have ideas for Lee for that line?Sue VanHattumhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-43916466415844162562010-01-24T03:07:09.722-08:002010-01-24T03:07:09.722-08:00Three, five and seven are fine,
thirteen and ninet...Three, five and seven are fine,<br />thirteen and nineteen sublime,<br />and thirty-one,<br />even just one,<br />all of these numbers are prime!Lee Gileshttp://thekingwillmakeaway.wordpress.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-40430924432862474812010-01-22T18:20:21.253-08:002010-01-22T18:20:21.253-08:00Thanks, Heidi! Pretty soon we'll have a bookfu...Thanks, Heidi! Pretty soon we'll have a bookful.Sue VanHattumhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-67585658600163644042010-01-22T18:03:26.049-08:002010-01-22T18:03:26.049-08:00My first Mathematic discovery
was 1 plus 2 would e...My first Mathematic discovery<br />was 1 plus 2 would equal 3<br />beyond that fact were many more <br />like 2 plus 2 does equal 4<br />soon I figured greater things<br />like 100 birds means 200 wings<br />and buying donuts in a dozen<br /> 6 to me and 6 to my cousin<br />fraction came in apple pies<br />a part of the whole I just had to try<br />to see the math in everything<br />now all the numbers seem to sing.Heidinoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-61799851186529238752010-01-19T05:38:43.843-08:002010-01-19T05:38:43.843-08:00I blogged our poems. They are rather simple in com...I <a href="http://jimmiescollage.com/2010/01/math-poetry/" rel="nofollow">blogged our poems</a>. They are rather simple in comparison with some of the poems you've gotten already. But it is our small contribution. Thanks for the avenue for such mathematical creativity. My daughter and I tend to be more verbal than mathematical, so this was a perfect activity for us. I hope that some others will jump in after seeing my blog post.Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09628472484731723590noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5303307482158922565.post-80859975555696043442010-01-18T12:22:08.319-08:002010-01-18T12:22:08.319-08:00I thought I had better play along...
http://nashw...I thought I had better play along...<br /><br />http://nashworld.edublogs.org/2010/01/18/is-this-a-sluggish-strategy/<br /><br />;)<br />Seannashworldhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/18185285175525104680noreply@blogger.com