Radians | Teen Ink


May 3, 2018
By dy/dx GOLD, Edina, Minnesota
dy/dx GOLD, Edina, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"So what’s calculus? In a sentence: If it moves at a varying speed, if it has a curvy shape, if it has a maximum that you’d like to find, or if it involves adding up an infinite number of terms, then you’re probably looking at calculus." - Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph. D.

Although an angle in radians
seems a trivial quantity
compared to its degree equivalent,
it exceeds degrees in its elegance.

A tolerant, uncomplaining denominator
gracefully balances a weightless platform
on its invisible head,
while two abstract concrete pillars
point to the critical points
of a single cycle of a periodic function.

The author's comments:

I wrote this poem for my math teacher. He and I both prefer radians to degrees because of their neatness and concision.

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