Monday, December 17, 2007

Yes, I Am Raising a Math Geek

Son the Older had to write -- if you can believe this -- a carol for calculus to the tune of any existing Christmas carol. His teacher suggested "Jingle Bell Rock" for the tune, and I couldn't help but wonder how many renditions of this tune he would be hearing. This is the sort of thing that would cause me to run screaming from the classroom, hands clamped to my ears in horror. Perhaps this is why God in His infinite mercy did not call me to teach high school math.

Bradley thought he would be singing in front of the class, but it's so much worse than that... turns out the calculus class will be wandering the halls, caroling the other classes. Please understand, this is not a CHOIR class my child is in. It is CALCULUS. These kids aren't known for their singing ability. Mine can play drums, but I can assure you it's not the same thing. Rhythm he has in abundance, but pitch? Not so much.

Anyway, he and I had a fun time late last night coming up with two stanzas of Christmas, er, calculus cheer. I'll let you figure out for yourself which tune we chose. Here are our twisted lyrics. Bonus points if you have any idea what we're talking about. Yes, we were a little punchy.

O come all ye math geeks
Hopeful and intelligent
O come ye, o come ye to calculus
Come and behold them
Derivatives and integrals

O come and find the slope
O come and find the slope
O come and find the slope
Of this curve

Now try to integrate
You'll find it's much more complex
Than any other math
You've ever done before
And find it exactly
Riemann sums won't help you

O come and find the area
O come and find the area
O come and find the area
Under this curve


Coach J said...

Hilarious! I don't get any bonus points 'cause I'm not to that stage yet, but I can just imagine a math class singing carols. When I was a junior in high school, my French class had to sing to the school Christmas carols IN FRENCH!! I'm sure French sounds wonderful in a Southern US accent. Especially when you have no idea what you're saying!

Cindy said...

Oh come on, the tune isn't hard - you give it away in the first 2 words! It is hysterical though...wonder what that calc teacher is thinking?!?!

Marie said...

THAT is awesome!! I mean I feel your pain about the absolutely RIDICULOUS assignment, but man you guys pulled a GEM out of a possible mud puddle! Did that make sense? You get what I mean, as a former ath geek I may be caroling that for years to come!!

bensrib said...

Integrals and derivatives. Oh yes. Very bad memories of college calculus, but I enjoyed the fun!