In Spring 2018 for the EML3041 Computational Methods course, I assigned students to write a nursery rhyme on numerical methods using the “one, two, buckle my shoe” prompt. Here is a sample, and more will be shared in the next few weeks.

The students were given the choice of going anonymous, use only initials or their full name as the byline. Some opted not to be published while others added the audio version as well.

**One, Two**

by Ricardo Z

One, two,

Approximations I do

Three, four,

Opens math doors

Five, six,

Into the matrix

Seven, eight,

Gaussian eliminate

Nine, ten,

LU decomposition

Eleven, twelve,

Into methods, I delve

Thirteen, fourteen,

The trunnions lean

Fifteen, sixteen,

With engineers, I convene

Seventeen, eighteen,

Errors unforeseen

Nineteen, twenty,

Derivations aplenty

PS. The reference to trunnions is the real-life problem we use in the class for the problem-centered (not problem-based) approach for the whole course. The problem deals with the assembly of the fulcrum of bascule bridges.

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