I offered my calculus students bonus points to write a limerick or haiku on their final exam. I got some great answers! And the students seem to enjoy it. My favorite limerick (on improper integrals):

An integral has bounds from zero to one

You finish the problem and think you are done

Then your mind double checks

The equation is one over x

And the improper integral has a different sum

My favorite haiku gives the formula for integration by parts:

Int of mu dv:

Equal to mu v minus

Int of v d mu

Here are some other good ones:

Doing Integrals…

Oh How I shall miss thee,

Calc! Goodbye, It’s been real?Calculus is hard

Derivative and limit

¡Yo no se hombre!MacLaurin Series

is an infinite series

Centered at zeroCalculus is great

I’m sure I’ll use this in life

Or maybe I won’tStudying ’til 5

And almost sleeping thru test

Was a real bad callFinding integrals

Is used to find area

Underneath the curveCalc is fun to do

If you like to integrate

x from a to bCalculus two, sigh

Why must you torment me so?

I thought we were friendsF of e to x

Derived is e to the x

Lone function like itI like calculus

The feeling is mutual

But not all the timeIntegrals are fun

u-sub can be tricky… yes!

Don’t forget plus CCalculus is hard

Eight A.M. is too early

Had a good time thoughThe ratio test:

If the limit equals one

Use another testDoes this series telescope?

For my sake, I truly hope

Comparisons are icky,

Integrals make me sickly,

Turns out the answer is nope. :-(

Here are a few from when I taught at UVA:

An integral is

A derivative reversed

Don’t forget constants!Thanks to L’Hopital

We can use derivatives

to find a limit!Find the area,

Between the two stated curves,

Using integrals.Natural log of Zero,

does not exist, but

Ln of 1 doesn’tCalculus is great

But only if taught by

Tim At U of V.A.