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He Leaves Instructions on the Whiteboard: Systems of Linear Inequalities

Name the problem what it is.


When you approach the work,

it is normal to feel frustrated,

see only the signs

for less or greater than,

above or below,

all the lines that cannot be crossed.

You may see only the points that work for one,

but not the other.


My beloved students,

even though it seems a slim fragment,

there exists an infinite number of solutions:

the double-shaded region extends forever.

Pick a point and try it.

Prove it true.


Work in groups on this assignment.


Britt Kaufmann lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina where she works at a public high school as a math tutor, despite starting her career as an English teacher. Her poems have been published in Scientific American, Kakalak, Now & Then, and Pinesong among others. Her first full length collection of poetry Midlife Calculus (Press53) will be published in the fall of 2024.


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