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From the Fun Fact files, here is a Fun Fact at the Easy level:

Calculus Limerick

Here's a calculus limerick:

Integral z-squared dz
from 1 to the cube root of 3
times the cosine
of three pi over 9
equals log of the cube root of 'e'.

---Betsy Devine and Joel E. Cohen

Presentation Suggestions:
Students may enjoy verifying the limerick's claim! p.s. Remember that in all of calculus, the logarithm means natural log. Oh, and for our British friends who say "z" as "zed", the "z" in this limerick should be pronounced "zee"!

The Math Behind the Fact:
Students will enjoy creating their own math limericks... it brings out the cultural aspect of mathematics.

How to Cite this Page:
Su, Francis E., et al. "Calculus Limerick." Math Fun Facts. <http://www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts>.

References:
    Devine, Betsy and Joel E. Cohen, Absolute Zero Gravity, Simon and Schuster, 1992, p.37.

Subjects:    calculus, analysis, other
Level:    Easy
Fun Fact suggested by:   Arthur Benjamin
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