# Poem: Trigonometry, or All About Complicated Relationships

*[This is a fun
poem written in the year 2006. **They say 'the subtle
mathematical relationships between the right triangle, the circle** and the sine wave can only be fully
understood with a basic knowledge of trig'. But I was talking about other romantic
and ‘not-so-subtle’ relationships between the six ‘characters’ we come across
while studying this intriguing and difficult subject.]*

**Trigonometry**

Trigonometry began

When Sine and Cos and Tan

[The latter, a
perfect gentleman]

Agreed to work in a Triangle.

Now Sine was
cross with Cos

Because she got into a tangle

With Cosec the Smart
Alec,

Who had a special angle

For flirty Cotangent

[Also
known as Cot]

Whose reputation

[Or shall we say, computation? ]

Was
certainly not

Above board, like Tangent

[Also known as Tan,

Who,
I repeat, was a perfect gentleman]

Cross-fighting in the
Triangle,

They drew an obtuse angle;

And slowly by degrees

Sine
began to freeze

Till one fine day,

Cosec ran away

With
Cotangent...

Which left a place vacant

For the incorrigible
Secant,

Who fought and fell out with Tangent…

In short,

Thanks
to Cosec and Cot,

Trigonometry

Had to be abandoned.

©*Tan Pratonix*

***

*P.S. I think it was inspired by recollections of all the head-aches I suffered in high school with this intriguing subject. It has a touch of Stephen Leacock, the Canadian humorist, I guess.*

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## Comments 12 comments

That was all too clever! What a fun poem! I hate math and you've just made Trig a little less terrifying for me. Haha. Thanks!

Trigonometry was not this fun at school. enjoyed it.:))

Too cute! And for one who had to take college Trig over and still only barely got by with a low passing grade - much appreciated. Later, by the way, in a position as an Engineering Department Assistant Supervisor at a building company, I found out that I understood more Trig than I realized and that it made a lot of common sense! LOL

Ha! Very cute!..I do not like math and I am back in college now...Math scares me...but I have faith in God that he will give me the understanding of certain math I have to take....Hey it's been 20yrs since I have been in school!...

Liked the poem a lot!..

Very cleverly written poem Pratonix. Gave me a smile and brightened my day.

Thanks for sharing.

You pulled the "trig"-er on this one! :)

its a pleasure to be with you .this poems are so meaningful

so cute

that's good--how do we square the circle?

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