Algebra One This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   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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LifesIllusion said...
Nov. 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm
This poem is halarious and awesome! it totally made me laugh out loud. great work!
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.

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!!!
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.

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.'
carlya14 said...
Oct. 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm
Im in algebra 1 now and u said it all! Haha love it!
Pumpkinscout said...
Oct. 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm
This is a clever and witty poem. Speaks true for all Algebra-haters!
Carcar11 said...
Oct. 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm
I couldnt even get into algebra1 im fourteen stuck doing algebra1a that shhtuff is hard
inside_wonders19 replied...
Oct. 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm
wait till you get into algebra 2... i got straight d's
Carcar11 replied...
Oct. 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm
i would be in normal algbra but i have panic attacks often times triggerd by not understanding something so my math teacher last year thought it would be better for my health if i was in an easier math class.... he was wrong the teacher makes me want to go postal
SkyDeer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 9, 2011 at 11:07 am
Great poem! I hated algebra one.!
NYClove13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 9, 2011 at 8:15 am
Love this...hate math.
Eternally17 said...
Oct. 9, 2011 at 3:07 am
Haha, this was awesome :D You aptly described the frustration that algebra brings about! Great work :D
Book_addict said...
Aug. 26, 2011 at 11:42 pm
I like this.  Great poem about math!
SeerKnowsBest said...
Aug. 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm
lol i'm in algebra one right now this is so great i'm gonna forward it to my friend you rock. ps, i love math. sorry you don't...but maybe it's a love hate relationship, since you wrote a poem about it
spency said...
Aug. 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Bgeek24 said...
Jun. 21, 2011 at 11:05 am
I am now finished with Algebra I, and I really hated it, yet for some reason I was really good at it. But you are an amazing writer never stop making poetry. It is amazing how you put all of this into one poem. You summarized the whole class and added your own opinion. Fantastic job.
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