# Another Calculus Limerick

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:

$\displaystyle \int_{0}^{\frac{\pi}{6}} \sec y \, dy = \ln \sqrt{3} \ (i)^{64}$

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:

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

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!”

## 14 thoughts on “Another Calculus Limerick”

1. Ouroborus says:

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

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

3. Stoofus says:

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

4. WEAK KAYO TANG INA NYO BOBO SUPOT !!

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

6. Pino says:

Hah that’s cool! =)

7. sherlock says:

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

8. Dr.ZenMojo says:

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.