### Linear Algebra Haiku Project

Spring 2005 Smith College

The Linear Analysis Haiku Project (LAHP) is an initiative to gather
haikus about or relating to linear algebra.
A haiku consists of three lines. The first and third lines must have 5
syllables each; the second line must have seven. We have dropped the
requirement that a season of the year be mentioned.
A selection will be published on this web page.
The spring 2005 Smith College
MTH211 class has provided some examples:

A projection known,

but not a vector. I must

find my dimension.

The standard basis

So useful to define space!

It makes me go EEEE!

Need help with matrix

Reduced row echelon form

Thank god for matlab.

Ax=b?

Must find a solution just

use the big theorem!

Oh identity,

How I need you to find my

mysterious inverse!

Any pair of friends

if a combination true

depend on other.

My favorite matrix

Is 1 0 0 1

the identity

Null space, vector space

Finding the determinant

Brings me such great joy.

Section 3.8

and concrete applications

homework takes awhile

Codes and check digits

Detecting digit switches

I am Sherlock Holmes.

Calculus is nice

Linear algebra is

even better, man.

Magical numbers

all bound into a matrix

transpose and inverse

Upper and lower

Combined forming a matrix

thats invertible.

its reducing rows

to solve equations with lots

of applications.

Null space makes zero

from an m by n matrix

by multiplying

Vectors tell me please

for if you are dependent

you dont span R^3.

Detecting odd errors?

Well riddle me this Matlab

Find me all errors!

Obedient I

Inverse transpose does not change

Wonderful matrix.

Four friendly vectors

Linear independent

Basis for R^4

Look! Zeroes and one,

Identity matrices.

Let us go make friends.

Headache from numbers

Too many matrix problems

Time for a tea break.

if Theorem is true

Prove it generally, if false

use an example.

The rules that apply

To matrices can be so

Abstract but brilliant

Prove many theorems

Generally and examples

is it true or false?

Answer a question

O elusive matrices

Why cant I solve you?

7 by 7?

How messy this matrix is!

Let us use Matlab.

Matrix, vector and

Determinants oh my! Fun-

filled mornings with Nick.

Matrices galore

The big theorem on my mind,

Are you my inverse?

An n by n square

transpose balanced by inverse

Orthogonal? Check!

It is late at night.

I dream of large matrices.

Math takes me over.

Binary numbers

In identity matrix

The ideal matrix.

Null space and subspace

Matrices are everywhere

I dream about it!

Nicholas Horton

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