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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Ninten1992 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm
I could really relate to this. I also HATE Algebra. But when reading this I was inspired and had fun. You have talent.
candycanejunkie said...
May 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

 Dear Dreamer_of_Dreams:

Come off of your high cloud and see that, whether you like the poem or not... It is someone's unique perspective on something a majority of people have trouble with. I think it is rather interesting, not something I would likely read over and over again. However it is something I can truly relate to and I hate that good for nothing Algebra 1 too.

Happy Reading, C<3 

Dreamer_of_Dreams said...
May 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm
Did you expect me to read this?  I will not read this with a fox, or in a box. I will not read this here or there, I will not read this anywhere.
crawfordkid This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm
Wow, good job providing constructive criticism.
starlight26 replied...
Jun. 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm
lol i agree candy and crawford...
Lanier42 replied...
Jul. 4, 2010 at 8:16 am


i hate math more than anything but this poem, which was amazing, didn't stir up bad memories or anything like that. you sound like a stuck up brat and as far as i know, you are one. nice dr. suess interpretation, tho =P

mary_blue356 said...
May 21, 2010 at 1:18 am

Algebra I. Not the subject I'm really into.


BTW, great poem. Very unique.

annie johnson replied...
Jan. 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm
precalc is the bane of my life!! Love Alg. But gr8 poem
dreamer10023 said...
Apr. 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm
hhahahahahah! love this
ohdababby said...
Mar. 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm
can u write a pythgoras thereom poem using these words legs or leg, hypotnuse, 90%, right traingle, pythagoras thereom, irrational,or square root, and ajacent by using a catchy tune like the wheels on the bus or some little babby tune that would be a really good poem
Vivallaa replied...
Mar. 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm
I have a weird feeling that a teacher wrote this.
starlight26 replied...
Jun. 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm
Hahahaha. I know right?
Arjay said...
Mar. 10, 2010 at 4:53 am
this poem is so awwwwwwwwwwwesome.... i really like this poem, thank you very to the writer
Arjay replied...
Mar. 10, 2010 at 5:18 am
i really love algebra and that poem.... thank u very much to the awesome writer and poem
Gabriana said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm
Dang this is like goood !!!! This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm
I'm showing it to my math teacher. ;)
RainieLee said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm
I was an anti-algebra girl, but hey, once you put the subject into a poem I'm willing to learn ;). If you expanded, this would make an awesome textbook for all the pro-writing/anti-math teens out there.
mushroomhugger101 said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm
hahaha i loved it!!! i dislike alg with a passion and what was written almost...just almost... made it sound like fun :)
jessica said...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm
back in my freshman year i loved algebra. i had honors and was top student. algebra has always been one of my greatest strenghts and i hope that it keeps been that way. dealing with numbers,equation fraction, i love solving them specially when its challenging.
JUST_ARIELLE:( said...
Jan. 9, 2010 at 2:33 pm
i hated algebra. ugh. but nice poem
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