P is for Pleiades (and Parabola)

For today’s installment of the A-to-Z challenge, I offer a bit of my mathematical background. The poetic form is pleiades with origins in the constellation Taurus. As I read about its history, I couldn’t help but connect to the ancient Greek influence in both astronomy and mathematics. The video at the bottom is included as an illustration of the poem’s first line (for those who may be curious!) I’m also including a link to the wikipedia page that defines parabola (again, for those who may not be familiar with the term and can’t help but be curious… lol). 

By KSmrq [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

By KSmrq [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons



Punkin’ chunkin’ contest’s

Pathway traced through the sky

Perfectly illustrates

Planar curves of a cone

Plenty of quadratic

Problems for algebra;

Pain for many students.



One thought on “P is for Pleiades (and Parabola)

  1. Hahahaha! I tried a Pleiades (and failed a Pleiades) for my way-late P entry. Saw you’d done one here (successfully) and had to run, read and see how it should be done…love love love the first 2 lines especially…such fun to read aloud!

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