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Poem: Trigonometry, or All About Complicated Relationships

Updated on July 7, 2011
Allamanda Flower, copyright Tan Pratonix
Allamanda Flower, copyright Tan Pratonix
Trigonometry image & worksheets
Trigonometry image & worksheets | Source

[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 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,
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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      greencha 4 years ago from UK

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

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      leah 5 years ago

      so cute

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      ronel 6 years ago

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

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      Brendan 6 years ago

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

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      Loves To Read 7 years ago

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

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Darlene Turpin 7 years ago

      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!..

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      Pratonix 7 years ago from Asia

      Nellie, you're really sweet. I loved Geometry and Algebra; but I hated Trig in school, and I thought the best way to take revenge was to write a funny poem about it. (I'm joking!)

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      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

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      Pratonix 7 years ago from Asia

      Thank you, SilentReed. You've been such an encouragement. This is just my 2nd day on HubPages, but you have made it worthwhile. :)

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      SilentReed 7 years ago from Philippines

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

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      Pratonix 7 years ago from Asia

      Thank you, Kalto. Glad you enjoyed it.:)

      I have some other poems you might like too!

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      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!