The following poems were found in my advanced calculus notes, my professor’s words in lecture, and my state of mind as I prepared for a big midterm.
Partial derivatives of higher order, section two point one five.
Higher derivatives of composite functions, section two point one six.
I understand what it is to continue to derive once, twice, maybe three times.
But looking out at the way the sun is shining on the river and the trees of this integral city in the middle of this cliché of a season –
I also understand Crayola’s plight and frustration and fight
for more unattainable descriptors.
And yet even more, I understand why (64, 96, 120-and-a-built-in-sharpener tries later)
they keep trying to derive a word from those unapologetic rays,
Once, twice, maybe three times.
What It Means To Transform
If T is given by a matrix, then it is linear.
If T is linear, then T is given by a matrix.
Together – if and only if.
to solve, verb
The solution y=f(x) works
within some interval around x,
Not only does mathematics describe the universe,
but it is quite possible that mathematics is the universe.
There is nothing wrong with being an engineer;
Most of their bridges don’t fall down.
v, u, x, y
There was once a mapping of the form
x=f(u,v) and y=g(u,v)
And such, an inverse mapping too,
defining vee and you
in terms of ex and why.
The Jacobian matrix of the inverse mapping is
simply the inverse of the Jacobian of the mapping.
And doesn’t that seem simple, really?
Just an inverse from vee to you
to ex and – why
An Isolated Direction
a directional derivative in an isolated
whatever you can see direction;
is just a partial derivative
outline of a section not on the syllabus
making approximation tables ew
so many tables
is there even a real answer to this?
Wait – no –
you don’t have to know this
nope not at all
goodbye carry on next section