# Algebra One

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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## Join the Discussion

springdance said...
Oct. 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm
Ha, ha, ha! I remember algebra one! I would have rather written this poem than do the work. Luv it!

luvtaylor16 said...
Oct. 22, 2010 at 10:18 am
Huh, thats funny, i am in algebra 1 right now, at this very moment. Right when i am typing this comment, kids around me are taking a test. lol!

Oct. 10, 2010 at 8:56 pm
Can you write me a poem about solving equationg with variables on both side of the equal sign?! JK i loved it that made me smile

HippieNamedAnna said...
Sept. 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm
haha wow. niice. we are just finishing up with scientific notation in Alegebra 1

rhymertapperdreamer said...
Sept. 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm
I hate Algebra, but I love your writing!!

NerdStuff3 replied...
Sept. 30, 2010 at 8:34 pm
I hate math in general + i just started Algebra 1

Gryffinclaw8997 said...
Sept. 30, 2010 at 7:28 am
It's funny, I'm reading this in Algebra I now... teacher's not here and we finished the work early! ;) Great poem! I'll have to send this to my friends.

BooBooBunny said...
Sept. 8, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Trust me, Alegra 2 is even worse. (especially if you're a freshmen in a class that's half juniors..Not fun.) But LOVED the poem. My it reminds me of all the dorky think my Algebra 1 teacher used to get us to remember equations.

Please check out my work if you have the time.

SilverSnowflakes said...
Sept. 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm
I like algebra :)

DiamondsIntheGrass said...
Aug. 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm
wow. you covered an entire year of algebra classes in one poem.  cool. but i have to say that i don't like this poem for the simple fact that i'm not a huge math fan. thats all. but neat idea.

annahxox said...
Aug. 17, 2010 at 7:51 pm

hahaha i feel the exact same way

i hate math & im absolutley terrible at it.

diane[yhang] said...
Aug. 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm
really LOVE it!!! nice one!!

Mary D. said...
Jul. 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm
This is exactly what my Algebra One class was like! This is perfect!

inspir3d said...
Jul. 26, 2010 at 11:45 am

A poem about math...i love it!! it's a clever rebellion :)

well written and catchy. did you write this for school? if not, nice job on remembering all those terms haha!! i think you would like my poem Characters. It should be approved in a few days.

Thanks! :)

Danica said...
Jul. 26, 2010 at 11:40 am
This is hilarious and really well written!  It flows very nicely.  If you have the chance, I'd love your opinion on some of my work! :)

optimisticpessimist said...
Jul. 26, 2010 at 11:04 am
I love this; hate algebra. I liked geometry better lol. Could you guys please check out my stuff? I appreciate it much.

xxDreamingWriterxx said...
Jul. 26, 2010 at 10:12 am
I took Alg I last year and reading through this I remembered everything you talked about.  It just makes me so excited to take Geometry this year! (That was sarcasm haha) Your poem was very good and I don't think I could remember all the rules that you wrote about.  Good Job! Keep Writing!

QueenOfHearts said...
Jun. 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm
really i Love algebra :)

Writer14 said...
Jun. 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm
This poem is really good! I've never seen a poem about math before! It was cool! Algebra one is horrible...

palak said...
Jun. 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm
I could relate to this.Even i HATE algebra...but tell me how much time it took you to get it aprooved...mine seems to be taking an eternity

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