Singing about Math

I vividly remember singing the quadratic formula in high school. I bet you learned a song to go with the formula also.  Hum a few bars of it.  I promise I won’t listen.  Now, when is the last time you had to think about the quadratic formula?  Do you still remember it?  I learned the quadratic formula to the tune of “Rose Rose.”  In fact, I think I learned the quadratic formula to several different tunes, though this is the one I remember best.  I included a lovely version of the original song in the video below.  Sadly, I could not find a version of the quadratic formula sung to this tune.

I think learning the song made a huge difference to my memorization.  If I could have learned a song for my multiplication tables, then I bet I would have enjoyed math a lot more in elementary school.  If you enjoy singing or mathematics then there is a fun website for you.  Sing about Science and Math is a lovely, searchable, clickable collection of songs.  You might be surprised at some of the fantastic pieces of mathematical artistry there are out there.  Though not everything the site leads you too is golden, I recommend searching for “finite simple group” and watching what comes up.   Enjoy!

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3 Responses to Singing about Math

  1. Marcus Cox says:

    When are you going to write a new post I keep coming back and it is the same thing.

  2. Samantha says:

    Hi Marcus, Thank you for your interest in my site! I try to update the blog regularly, but sometimes graduate school gets in the way and I miss my deadlines. There’s a new post coming up soon!

  3. Marcus Cox says:

    I totally understand, I just like the way you write your point of view. Always take care of what you need to take care of first. Hope everything is going well – TTYL

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