“Academic Tangents” : The Integration of Calculus Through Poetic Structure and Context

dc.contributor.advisorMills, Bruce, 1958-
dc.contributor.authorRottenberk, Elizabeth
dc.descriptionxvi, 34 p.
dc.description.abstractAre you Math-brained or English-brained? I have been asked this question and heard asked of others my entire life, and I still do not have an answer. I never understood why people would ask that question, why not either physics or math? Why not English and art? What makes math and English so different to constantly be labeled polar opposites? This is due to the notion that “The science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and quantitative domains are stereotypically viewed as male dominant, and language-based or humanities domains as female dominant” (Betz). Not only have STEM and humanities become gendered, but a stigma was created that separated the pursuit of both areas of knowledge. For my Senior Individualized Project, I am breaking down the barrier that asserts Math and English to be separate by integrating calculus concepts in poetry. In each section of this poetry collection, I start with the mathematical definition of the main concept (e.g., Functions, Derivatives, etc.) along with my own rewording of it through free verse. Following these definitions, each section offers poems that directly utilize the idea. Each of these poems are formatted the same: 1) poem title, 2) brief explanation of how the poem executes the math, including the equation and graph of the equation, and then 3) the poem.
dc.relation.ispartofKalamazoo College English Senior Individualized Projects Collection
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSenior Individualized Projects. English.
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dc.title“Academic Tangents” : The Integration of Calculus Through Poetic Structure and Context