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.]
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]
[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
Which left a place vacant
For the incorrigible Secant,
Who fought and fell out with Tangent…
Thanks to Cosec and Cot,
Had to be abandoned.
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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