Barbie may have said that math is hard, but Barbie was wrong. With good teachers it isn’t very hard at all, and my high school calculus teacher was a great teacher.
Anyway, at the end of the year she asked all of us to write a letter to the incoming class next year so that they’d have some idea of what to expect and some suggestions for them as to how to best get through the class. However, needing to do everything in my own idiom, as per usual… instead of a letter, my friend Amanda and I decided to write a poem instead. The teacher liked it so much she had us record it, and I understand that she played it for incoming classes for several years to come.
It was also one of the first things I’d ever posted on the web, on my first site that seems to no longer be live. But clearly other people like it, and it’s been interesting to see evidence of other math teachers using it in their classes. So to help make our lovely poem available to generations of calculus students to come, I thought I’d cross-post it here. Enjoy!