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   Remember all those rationals and irrationals, the ones we got confused?

I still get them wrong and I am not very amused.

Digits and decimals, too many D's

But wait until we start on those x, y, and z's.

Powers of 10 are expressed by exponents in many ways,

But, remember, there is only one and that is to have them raised.

Counting all those zeros makes me very crazy,

So use that scientific notation and don't be so lazy.

Collections of elements in sets are a breeze.

Elements follow a pattern just like 1, 2, and 3's.

A variable is a symbol like x which has 1 value, not 2.

If you put the right variable in an open sentence, the statement will be true.

Factoring numbers can be such a bore!

But, prime numbers are the best since the factors are only 1 and itself, and nothing more.

Basic axioms of algebra leave you in awe,

But not to understand them is one major flaw.

The most important axiom is the distributive one.

It's the one we used the most, but it wasn't that fun.

Reciprocals are the numbers that always do a flip upside down.

Inverses are very different and in their own special way they turn around.

Numbers and variables are jumbled disorderly,

Are called equations and are only solved algebraically

Solving inequalities can make you want to die,

But, there are only 3 choices: greater than, less than, or equal to, so there is no need to cry.

Polynomials can leave you in such a disarray,

But, just remember there are coefficients and constant terms and then you will be straightened out today.

Products of binomials can take you so long to do a few.

But, just skip the steps and use FOIL without a big to do.

Figuring out ordered pairs can leave you in such a mess.

But, if you remember the x-axis, y-axis, and origin, you'll do them with success.

Systems of linear equations can be solved in 4 different ways.

Substitution, addition method, determinants, and graphing with different rays.

The slope always equals rise over run.

If you remember this you'll always get those problems done.

Quotients of 2 polynomials are called Rational Algebraic Expression.

If you don't reduce them fully they will leave you in a great big depression.

Square roots and cubic roots leave me very puzzled, But the index and radicand leave me troubled.

Square-free integers can't be broken down anymore.

They are like 2, 3, and 5, but never integers like 16 or 4.

There are many other rules, guidelines and steps to Algebra 1

But, we still have Geometry, Algebra 2 and Analysis to continue the fun!!!




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otherpoet said...
Mar. 11, 2012 at 10:49 pm:
This poem is so amazing :) it was funny, sarcastic and witty. I'm planning on showing it to my math teacher. This is great, keep writing!
 
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asofnow This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm:

Algebra 1 was pretty easy, now I'm on Precalc.. and I really dislike it..

Who here understands mathamatical induction.. if you do.. help me!

 
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Michaela M. said...
Jan. 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm:
math is my enemy! i think thats why im so good a language arts this poem helps a lot...now i just have to rember it all...thanks this all ready helps half the things you said we were donig in class and i dident even get. would i b ok if i showed this to my math teacher all credit will be yours.
 
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Studio_Riet said...
Jan. 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm:
Ugh. I did NOT like Algebra 1. This poem explains a lot of it. It's funny, though, and makes light of the math situation :)
 
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chloe_garrett said...
Jan. 27, 2012 at 8:37 am:
LOL this is hilarious. Great poem. I love your work. Do you think you could check out some of mine?
 
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Wildflower30 said...
Jan. 27, 2012 at 2:03 am:
I love Math, but the calm way you expressed the whole thing was amazing. I love the 3rd and 4th lines. Satiric. :)
 
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Ella1 said...
Jan. 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm:
Haha I love this great work!
 
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Priyanka_A said...
Jan. 5, 2012 at 10:11 am:
this is hilarious! i took alg 1 last year, and you pretty much covered it all. You have great talent and maybe you could check out some of my work?
 
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eadzzzzzzzzzzzzz said...
Dec. 4, 2011 at 1:27 am:
thanks it help me a lot 
 
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JuneTaz said...
Nov. 23, 2011 at 9:19 am:
Good rhyming words and detail! It literally reminded me of my algrebra classroom, learning lessons all over again. I think it would flow better if you took out a few unnecessary words, and tried to have the rhyming lines about the same length. Luv the last line!
 
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emoali18 said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm:
This was so awesome! I love the rhyming and I am totally jealous of your poetic skills! Poetry has never been my thing, but I always wish it was! Great job!
 
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LifesIllusion said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm:
This poem is halarious and awesome! it totally made me laugh out loud. great work!
 
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NinjaKittyKawaii said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm:

This poem is awesome!

Though, i loved Algebra 1. Now, im in Geometry. I hate it. I don't think it's hard or anything, its just really boring.

 
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james14 said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 9:19 am:
I love this poem!!! I have trouble with math even though I'm in Pre-Algebra, so I know how you feel!!!
 
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Dancing4Jesus said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm:
Interesting, I love math though :p especially algebra 1 and as the years progress it definitely doesnt get any better ... I'm new on here and definitely needs more views check out my work, constructive criticism is what I need to help me become a better writer! Thanks guys and gals!
 
raindance72 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 10:35 am :

i'm in doubly advanced math but i hate it now because i'm doing geometry :(

i miss algebra 1.

 
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mightierthanthesword said...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 11:39 am:
Love your poem! There should be a law that this has to be posted in every single math classroom in the western hemisphere! Can't wait to read more of your writing!
 
ThePeaceDaisy replied...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm :
Why just th western hemisphere?
 
ThePeaceDaisy replied...
Oct. 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm :
I mean 'the.'
 
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carlya14 said...
Oct. 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm:
Im in algebra 1 now and u said it all! Haha love it!
 
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