# Maths Rhymes

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by offshore, Nov 22, 2005.

1. ### offshore

Do you know any (short) maths rhymes suitable for use with high schools pupils?

A colleague in Australia put me on to these:

Dividing fractions is easy as pie,
Just invert and multiply.*

and

Twinkle, twinkle little star, circumf'rence is 2 pi r;
I didn?t really know you cared, area is pi r squared.

(* An internet alternative to the first one is along the lines of:

?It?s not for you to reason why,
Just invert and multipy!?

although I am tending to think it?s better to do fraction division as a ?double-decker? fraction which can be simplified by multiplying both levels and not inverting at all!)

2. ### offshore

Do you know any (short) maths rhymes suitable for use with high schools pupils?

A colleague in Australia put me on to these:

Dividing fractions is easy as pie,
Just invert and multiply.*

and

Twinkle, twinkle little star, circumf'rence is 2 pi r;
I didn?t really know you cared, area is pi r squared.

(* An internet alternative to the first one is along the lines of:

?It?s not for you to reason why,
Just invert and multipy!?

although I am tending to think it?s better to do fraction division as a ?double-decker? fraction which can be simplified by multiplying both levels and not inverting at all!)

3. ### tl1000New commenter

When we went (partially) metric some rhymes were published to help. I remember two of them.

A litre of water's
a pint and threequarters.

Two and a quarter pounds of jam

I sometimes tell pupils these and ask them to make one up for 5 miles = 8 kilometres.

4. ### vics81

I heard this one once and it made me laugh:

To the tune of you are my destiny by Lionel Richie

"You are my density, you are my mass by volume"

Ha ha ha

5. ### Ms Jones

Now admit it, how many of you started to sing this to see if it works?....well I did..love it ......c'mon more please these are fab.

7. ### chelle_b

Here's one to pop goes the weasel...

Half the sum of the parallel sides,
Times the distance between 'em
That's how we calculate
The area of a trapezium

8. ### oldtimer99

Wonderful. I'll have my Y10 loony group singing tomorrow!!

9. ### sunset

To the tune of "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands".

"To square a number you times it by itself," etc and then "To cube a number you times it by itself and again".

Sorry, I can't remember the bit where the tune changes slightly :S

10. ### offshore

Today I tried the trapezium 'Pop goes the weasel' song (slightly amended) with a good Y7 class - very successful. Also reasonably successful with my lower level Y8. Y9 were very pleased with the Pythagoras ('Auld Lang Syne') song, again slightly amended.

It was much harder to get Y10 (middle set) to sing one of my own after dinner, however! Maybe songs become less useful for middle/lower Y10/11, since I imagine most Sixth Formers would sing for fun.

11. ### monkeyeatingmonster

This is a song that works to 'oh my darling clementine

Expand brackets, simplify
Get your unknowns to one side
Lose your numbers to the other
Then with coefficient divide

I have heard students humming this (v v quietly) in GCSE exams!

12. ### cjcjcj

to the tune of tragedy...

"it's a tragedy,
when the square roots gone and you've got it wrong,
its'a tragedy
you've got a plus and no minus
its easy to do
you've only got one sign and you should have two-oo-oo-oo"

Requires a bit or practise!!!

I got my classes to make up their own for end of term lesson and then perform them in small groups - they loved it.

13. ### Colleen_YoungOccasional commenter

I also tried the trapezium 'Pop goes the weasle' song this morning with my Year 7 class. (See posts 6 and 9. Very successful - we even managed to sing it as a round!

I have suggested they come up with some more verses!

14. ### tarran

Have been plagued by the rhymes since they were posted. Have adapted and extended the twinkle twinkle little star one, apologies for pathetic rhymings.

Circle, circle, round you are
Your circumference equals 2 pi r
And for those who really care
Your area equals pi r squared
Circle circle round you are
Your circumference equals 2 pi r

Triangle, three sides of mite
Your area is half base times height
But we must be particular
Triangle, three sides of mite
Your area is half base times height

Rectangle, it's not a myth
That your area equals length times width
Parallelogram, square, rhombus too
Use the same formula as you
Rectangle, it's not a myth
That you area is length times width

also;

Jack and Jill went up the hill
The change in y divided by
The change in x worked out brilliant.

15. ### pinkman

I've used this song recently though before I might annoy anyone who will do me for plagiarism I didn't make it up as I am not at all musical as my poor students know when I sing it to them! I'm not sure who is the rightful author. It's for top set yr 11 or a level on completing the square which goes to the tune - The mulberry bush. My Yr11s loved it!

We know how to complete the square, complete the square, complete the square
We know how to complete the square of a simple quadratic function
Just half the coefficient of x, 'ficcient of x, 'ficient of x
Just half the coefficient of x and take its square from the constant

I have also been set the task of finding a Maths song which goes to Happy Birthday - any offers? Or just any other songs - I've used a few from the link and think its great

16. ### JaneMaths

There are children all over the world, who I have taught, who can say

"The mode occurs the most
And the median's in the middle
And the mean is the av-er-age, boom boom.
And the range is the biggest take away the smallest
Boom tiddley oom poom poom - ting"

The timing of the ting is critical and all my classes know this!!!

17. ### onelittlevictory

a more up to date circle version...Pussycat dolls 'Doncha wish your girlfriend was hot like me'

dontcha wish circumference was pi times d....folowed by 'it is!'

18. ### fieldextensionNew commenter

Not an educational tool, but a limerick I have on occasion asked my A-Level students to prove:

The integral of p squared dp;
From one to the cubed root of 3;
Times the cosine;
Of three pi by nine;
Equals log the cubed root of e.

19. ### debecca

Onelittlevictory, that's *my* song!

Tcha!

20. ### chelle_b

Eminem - Without me

"Perimeter goes round the outside, round the outside, round the outside"

I got a bottom set year 7 walking round the table singing this....