### Brain Teasers

# Mixing Math and Poetry

What kind of poem am I?

(12 + 144 + 20 + (3 x (4^.5)))/7 + 5 x 11 = (9 ^2) + 0

(12 + 144 + 20 + (3 x (4^.5)))/7 + 5 x 11 = (9 ^2) + 0

### Hint

The carat symbol (^) means raised to the power of, and a number raised to the power of one half is its square root.### Answer

A mathematical limerick!A dozen a gross and a score,

Plus three times the square root of four,

Divided by seven,

Plus five times eleven,

Is nine squared and not a bit more!

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## Comments

that was fun, but I totally didn't know the answer.

that was fun, but I totally didn't know the answer.

That is really ingenius.

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wow! you have way too much time on your hands

haha, that was great.

SOOO GOOD!!

Now that was cool.

pretty well impossible to get, but fun once you see the answer

pretty well impossible to get, but fun once you see the answer

pretty well impossible to get, but fun once you see the answer

pretty well impossible to get, but fun once you see the answer

pretty well impossible to get, but fun once you see the answer

very witty. I had no idea.

Beer in a can....BRILLIANT!

A Mathematical Limmerick....BRILLIANT!!

A Mathematical Limmerick....BRILLIANT!!

Beer in a can-Disgusting

Beer on draught - Brilliant

this Teaser - Impressive

Beer on draught - Brilliant

this Teaser - Impressive

I h8 you donfrench, making me think. Tsk tsk tsk.

That was the most spiffy thing!!! OMG!!!! That was oh so cool!!!!! I am...OH!!! that was soooo cool!!!!!!!! WOOT! WOOT! GO donfrench!!!!!!

^^I agree with sum1 up there...you MUST have alot of time on your hands....^^ LOL!!!

This is me now ( ) from staring at the flippin screen for almost 10 minutes!!!!

^^I agree with sum1 up there...you MUST have alot of time on your hands....^^ LOL!!!

This is me now ( ) from staring at the flippin screen for almost 10 minutes!!!!

Genius!!!

OMG that was AWESOME!

Here I was trying to see if the equation was true, when all I had to do was say it out loud. HEHE!!

You rock. Keep it up.

Here I was trying to see if the equation was true, when all I had to do was say it out loud. HEHE!!

You rock. Keep it up.

That is great! I would have never gotten it!

i don't get it.

That was a bit hard but fun none the less

Brilliant! and, Impossible for some of us, .... Tell the truth...you're a rocket scientist, not just a poet...

I got as far as figuring out that both sides were the same, but there was NO way I was going to get the limerick in its final published form! Really cool teaser, mainly because I never thought math and limericks (two things I'm quite fond of) could be combined so expertly. WTG!

Well, glad you all liked it. I will have to work on another one now.

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WHY PRINT REPEATS?

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WHY PRINT REPEATS?

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VERY DIFFICULT! The hint did not help, but the answer makes sense.

This poem was written by John Saxon (an author of math textbooks).

GEEZ....How did you come up with that? ~Pretty cool!~

?????????????????????????????????And what is Math again? Answer: Just my worst subject ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 20, 2005

Nice. But as pointed out by itsonlyme, you should give attribution. Your comment that you 'will have to work on another one now' implies you wrote it. Bad juju.

brilliant. i have a friend who is a math prof in texas. i'll be sending him this one.....

You'd have to be pretty smart to figure that one out.

Good one.

Even though I couldn't have gotten it without the looking at the answer.

Good one.

Even though I couldn't have gotten it without the looking at the answer.

I didn't get it until I looked at the answer, but it's a great teaser! Love it!

Was really hard, got me stumped

Apr 20, 2005

Great fun. I figured out the math part but would never have gotten the rhyme. To the math point...to make the formula correct put parens around the (5x11).

I am sorry if it seems that I implied that I composed this puzzle. I did not write it. I did not know at the time who did write it, as it was sent to me a long time ago. But I am happy that someone provided the information. When I said I would try writing another one I meant that I thought that I would try my hand at writing one, is all.

Are all the submisssions to this site supposed to be original creations by the submitter? If I had known that I certainly would not have submitted it. Thanks for pointing out the error in my ways.

Are all the submisssions to this site supposed to be original creations by the submitter? If I had known that I certainly would not have submitted it. Thanks for pointing out the error in my ways.

um...

Apr 20, 2005

I thought it was allright

i wonder if anyone got that...

I thought it was weird

Well I thought it was AWESOME I got the math part of it right, which was 81, just didn't know the poem. I'm going to print it out for my Algebra Teacher. We were working on word problems last night. He'll love it!

that one was easy but good

HA HA! That was very clever, but I didn't get it..... I was thinking more of like an expression or something.....

i punched the numbers into the calculator and it equaled 519, not 81

that was TOtaLLy HaRd! DUh!!!

I luv math but I hat literature. so I guess I had somewhat of an advantage.

That was REALLY dum

It is a fun poem and it was hard!!!!!!!!

Outstanding!

I thought it was a pretty darn good one. But I am also dumb at math. I was reading the phone to see if it was a message

Too many +(/^))*-\+='s around TAX season to enjoy.

The poem was nice, if it just wasn't "mixed" with the math.

The poem was nice, if it just wasn't "mixed" with the math.

Wow!

hey, jaggirl! i did it in my head, and i got 81! (maybe you should work on your calculator skills...the ( )'s really do mean something!)

donfrench, i thought it was great!

donfrench, i thought it was great!

well done had me thinkn 4 a while

Don, it's not simply that the submissions here are supposed to be original. What you did is plagiarism: you took the original work of someone else and published it under your own name.

In addition, this puzzle is protected under copyright in at least the USA and UK.

I strongly recommend that you read up on the intellectual property rights of the areas you inhabit, since you apparently don't have an innate sense for the concepts.

There's a huge difference between showing a puzzle to a friend when you find it in a book, and copying the puzzle to publish on a high-traffic web site. The first is "fair use"; the second is subject to prosecution.

In addition, this puzzle is protected under copyright in at least the USA and UK.

I strongly recommend that you read up on the intellectual property rights of the areas you inhabit, since you apparently don't have an innate sense for the concepts.

There's a huge difference between showing a puzzle to a friend when you find it in a book, and copying the puzzle to publish on a high-traffic web site. The first is "fair use"; the second is subject to prosecution.

It was a little too hard!!

Hey itsonlyme (that comment is waaaay up there, it took me a while to comment) it's interesting that Saxon wrote it. My dad teaches Saxon math, and he was stumped for weeks on this puzzle....in fact, i wonder if he's figured out the answer yet....lol.

Good one, donfrench! I absolutely loved it!!

Good one, donfrench! I absolutely loved it!!

81 is my fav. number .

just

I didn't get it, but that was GREAT!

Well I really wasn't sure where I was supposed to go with this, but it made a lot of sense after reading the answer.

Chalenging, fun, cleverly done! Just the way i love them!

I've not read that many, but this is the first one that made me laugh out loud! Werry good indeed

Woh! Clever!

Excellent teaser! This is definitly one of a kind! It would have been better if I had actually gotten it, but oh well. Besides that, I love it!

'I solved this one in my head in less than one minute. Way too easy.' I read a better version of this teaser somewhere.

I found it very creative and nice! Well done!

WOW !

Wow!!! That was amazing. great great job!

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