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Math Geek Mom: The Twelve Days of Finals (in a Math department)
Poetry for the season.
From her preschool days, my daughter liked to change the rules of board games to create new games. These last few weeks, she has been, instead, creating new words to typical holiday songs. Intrigued with her creativity, I gave it a try myself, something that I tried last year, with “Twas the weekend before finals.” I am not as good at this as my daughter is, but here are the results of my efforts for 2015.
On the first day of finals
My Math professor gave to me
An assignment due next week.
On the second day of finals
My Math professor gave to me
Two ttables and
An assignment due next week.
On the third day of finals
My Math professor gave to me
Three inverse functions
Two ttables and
An assignment due next week.
On the fourth day of finals
My Math professor gave to me
Four first derivatives
Three inverse functions
Two ttables and
An assignment due next week.
On the fifth day of finals
My Math professor gave to me
Five extra office hours…
Four first derivatives
Three inverse functions
Two ttables and
An assignment due next week.
On the sixth day of finals
My Math professor gave to me
Six groups of integers
Five extra office hours
Four first derivatives
Three inverse functions
Two ttables and
An assignment due next week.
On the seventh day of finals
My Math professor gave to me
Seven infinite sums
Five extra office hours
Four first derivatives
Three inverse functions
Two ttables and
An assignment due next week.
On the eight day of finals
My Math professor gave to me
Eight review sheets
Seven infinite sums
Six groups, mod 7
Five extra office hours
Four first derivatives
Three inverse functions
Two ttables and
An assignment due next week.
On the ninth day of finals
My Math professor gave to me
Nine local maxima
Eight review sheets
Seven infinite sums
Six groups of numbers
Five extra office hours…
Four first derivatives
Three inverse functions
Two ttables and
An assignment due next week.
On the tenth day of finals
My Math professor gave to me
Ten random numbers
Nine local maxima
Eight review sheets
Seven infinite sums
Six groups of numbers
Five extra office hours…
Four first derivatives
Three inverse functions
Two ttables and
An assignment due next week.
On the eleventh day of finals
My Math professor gave to me
Eleven prime factors
Ten random numbers
Nine local maxima
Eight review sheets
Seven infinite sums
Six groups of numbers
Five extra office hours…
Four first derivatives
Three simultaneous equations
Two ttables and
An assignment due next week.
On the twelfth day of finals
My Math professor gave to me
Twelve vector gradients
Eleven prime factors
Ten random numbers
Nine local maxima
Eight review sheets
Seven infinite sums
Six groups of numbers
Five extra office hours…
Four first derivatives
Three simultaneous equations
Two ttables and
An assignment due next week.
Wishing everyone giving, grading or taking final exams the best of luck! I’ll see you in 2016!
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