The Quadratic Equation by Katie Benedetto
Every Why down in Whyville knows Whyville’s the best
For the town has a secret not shared with the rest
It’s a glorious place, it’s the best one around
For here, all the answers to questions are found
No question exists that will stump Zimmie-Fizz
The great Why-Queen who knows every answer there is
So I’ll tell you one tale of an answer she gave
Which, for Why-mathematicians, caused time to be saved:
A Why-lad brought forth an equation to try,
She saw it and said, with the blink of an eye,
“Never fear, young Why-lad, why I’ll show you a trick!
I can solve this quadratic equation real quick!”
Each value there was, well she renamed each one
Claiming that nice names would make this more fun.
“Variables, well, they’re whatever we wish
So like one, two, red, blue, I’ll call this one “fish”!
. . .For the other stanzas -- and the poem's backstory -- go to kGuac.
Go here to access IRS form QF (which would be ours to follow if the IRS had discovered the quadratic formula) by Daniel J. Velleman.
Here, in closing, from Oh, the Thinks You Can Think,
is a rhyming math question from Dr. Seuss.