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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Tsumench said...
Dec. 5, 2010 at 7:51 pm
I'm a junior in algebra 2 this year and I HATE it. I wanna go back to Geometry. =.=
yanaz replied...
Jan. 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm
I'm a freshman in Algebra 2 and I totally agree with you!
memeko said...
Nov. 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm
i need to memorize this by tuesday for our speech choir..
gengen replied...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 9:34 am
ohh ! me to .. ! speech choir this coming tuesday in student center :))
JOJOkester said...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 11:05 am
this reminds me so much of my algebra 1 class  only if you put in something about a funny talking phillipino teacher.  AWESOME POEM!!!
Ariel_Rosario said...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm
Very creative! I wrote a poem similar to this a few weeks ago but I never posted it lol
GirlInTheBeanie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm
clever =.= 
GirlInTheBeanie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 6:34 pm
[i'm in geometry.... might you make a poem about that too?]
123a456b replied...
Nov. 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm
uh, i hated geometry, and now it turns out the curriculum we used was old, isnt used anymore and is harder than the newer versions!
tomorrowdarling said...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm
i hated algebra with a firey passion
4444j4444s replied...
Nov. 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm

have you done algebra 2 yet?

more algebra, but harder (although honestly, not by much, but if you hated algebra 1, then you'll prob hate algebra 2 as well)

tomorrowdarling replied...
Nov. 21, 2010 at 9:57 am
yes. alg 2 and im doing advanced alg and trig now. it sucks. all of 1st semester is just a detailed review of alg 2.
A=BX+C said...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm
Wow, this is really neat. I actually liked Alg. 1, but this was pretty cool!
misswindsor said...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Wow this poem is funny!!! I love it and your sense of humor. We are are doing equations and other stuff in my algebra 1 class this year too. I'm going to show this to my math teacher. She is always looking for creative and fun ways to teach us our math. LOL nice job.


P.S. Please make a poem about English 1.

MercedesXO said...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 10:07 am
lol. this literally made me laugh. although there wasn't too much deeper thought and poetry involved..besides the rhyming it was very i SUCK at math. so the fact that you put this all together and knew all these things and had so much information and the correct terms is pretty amazing. the ending was cute as well. nice job:)
Ocean97 said...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 9:38 am
 I made it into Algebra I this year, and this poem follows exactly what we're doing!!! Love it!!!!!!! So now when I get confused on a problem I can just read this poem. :)
vstar616 said...
Nov. 13, 2010 at 7:32 am
I took algebra last year, YES it does seem very confusing ! i love this poem! 
kmarie14 said...
Oct. 22, 2010 at 7:52 pm
hahahahahaha :) i love this poem! :) totally conveys the class and I totally understood it :) ha ha i am in algebra one right now and not to brag but just got a 97and1/2 percent on my last test(: mwhaha anyways i love this peom! :) check out my work if u get time! THNX! :)
TheCreativeChristian said...
Oct. 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm
haha i am in algebra 1 right now and i totally agree!!!
MRose911 said...
Oct. 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm
haha this poem makes me think of my algebra 1 class! :) haha and im a math nerd so i really really liked this poem! :) haha i felt all smart cause i knew all the things you were talking about :) thanks for sharing! :) Please check out my work! Thanks! :D
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