1070.11 – Limerick

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This expression is a limerick. Translate it into English, and it will scan perfectly. There are several possibilities for the last line, but be very fussy about the rhythm.

12+144+20+347+5(11)=92+0.\frac{12 + 144 + 20 + 3\sqrt{4}}{7}+5(11) = 9^2+0.


“A dozen, a gross, and a score,

Plus three times the square root of four,

Divided by seven,

Plus five times eleven,

Comes out to nine squared and no more.”

(Or, “is 9 squared and not a bit more.”)

This is a fun problem to do as a class activity. You'll need to prime the pump with "OK what's another word for 12?" That's not so hard; coming up with a gross is harder. Score comes from the Gettysburg address. 343\sqrt{4} has a nice rhythm if you say it right. And off you go.