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 8thgrade 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 fitline.
 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 82
