Math Poetry

May 14, 2016

RAY: I'm going to recite an equation and, from that, you are going to give me a limerick that consists of five lines. Here it is. The numerator is 12 plus 144 plus 20 plus 3 square roots of 4, divided by a denominator of 7. Then, that whole quantity is added to 5 times 11. Finally that whole thing on the left equals 9 squared plus zero.

Now, I'm going to give the last line of the limerick, and you have to come up with the other four lines. The last line is "is 9 squared and not a bit more."

What is the limerick?
 
Answer: 

RAY: Here's the answer: A dozen, a gross, and a score, plus three times the square root of four. Divided by seven, plus five times 11 is nine squared, and not a bit more. And of course, a dozen is 12, a gross is 144, a score is 20. Plus three times the square root of four, which is three times two, which is six. Divided by seven, plus five times 11, is 81.

TOM: Nine squared, and not a bit more.

RAY: Right! So, who's our winner?

TOM: The winner is Lynn Klein from Oxford, Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Lynn!

 

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