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## Mathematics: Language of Valentine's Day

One year ago, I mentioned how a local mathematics teacher celebrated Valentine's Day: he gave his students the assignment: Write a Valentine message containing a mathematics word with a double meaning. Several of his students' clever responses were included.

At that same time, I issued this challenge: Try this assigment with your students...and send me your most creative results so I can do a repeat of this next year....and one teacher (Cory B. from Hawaii) took on this challenge. Samples of some of his 8th-grade algebra students' creations are:

• Our love is like , it goes on forever.
• The mode of our love is 2 for me and you.
• The probability of you being my valentine is 1.
• The slope of this relationship is positive.
• Without you my life would be inverse. Be my valentine.
• Even though you are a square you make my heart reflect. Be my valentine.
• Valentine, without you I simply could not function.
• You are not mean, you are my infinity. Be my valentine.
• My love for you is no error. Of this I’m absolutely positive.
• You are the volume of my heart.
• You are more than a fraction of my life.
• When I met you, you struck me to the radius of my heart.
• It’s not the surface area of my heart that counts but the volume of love I have for you. Be my valentine.
• I’m a negative, you’re a negative. Let’s multiply our love together and be positive.
• Valentine, it's not the circumference of my heart, it's the area of my love that counts. Be my valentine.
• You are the solution to the equation of my heart. Be my valentine.
• Of all the data in the world, you are the best fit-line.
• For this equation there’s only one solution…you. Be my valentine.
• Our love is like a variable…unpredictable.
• If you’ll be the denominator, I’ll be the numerator.
• My love for you is > than any other

Again, try this assigment with your students...and send me your most creative results so I can do a repeat of this next year.

Source: Ilima Intermediate 8th Grade Algebra—Team 8-2