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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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GhostBeamThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Apr. 17 at 1:21 pm:
I liked it.     It made me acually want to do math.     I'm gonna use this on my next Test.         Good Work.         Keep Writing.
 
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TheOceansBlackBirdThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 26 at 12:15 am:
The rhythm was a little off at times but I actually found this poems mathpart really helpful! Everything you said sort of made my brain want to explode but i actually kind of liked it...nice.
 
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francheskasThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Feb. 10 at 12:15 am:
haha This really made me laugh
 
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StarGazer9 said...
Dec. 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm:
Ah! Just reading this makes my brain want to explode! Haha, great job! ;)
 
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sunnyandsugarThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm:
I really enjoyed this mainly because I HATE math and this made me laugh:)  Also I love the rhyming. Keep up the writing!!X
 
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SaqifThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Oct. 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm:
I really liked your poem, I liked how it rhymes at end of each line.
 
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RubythegemThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 9, 2013 at 8:01 am:
This is a good poem...I know how u feel. Alg 1 is some hard stuff. :) Please check out my first ever poem submitted on teenink! It's called 20-20.
 
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Isibeal19This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 27, 2013 at 10:36 am:
This is so cool! I'm in Algebra 1 next year...help!!
 
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JeremiahSamuelTemple said...
May 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm:
Besides being Great, You must surely wait until calculus's fun It is so much better than detestable algebra one.
 
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YonnaLovess said...
Apr. 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm:
Wow... I Pass  Alegebra 1 Now But It Would Have Help Me To Remember The Steps.. Love It.! Congrats.!
 
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SaphiraBrightscalesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Feb. 25, 2013 at 7:18 am:
Congratulations on getting it into the magazine!
 
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EtherealLibretto said...
Feb. 4, 2013 at 10:13 am:
Haha what a great poem! I'm currently in Algebra One and I hate it. I'm not a math person but I love the poem!
 
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Saphira07This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 13, 2013 at 5:08 am:
Sarcastic and Fun at the same time plus you talked about maths so well, its a good way to memorize all those little things too... Also love the ryhme.. :D
 
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vazenitran98 said...
Dec. 22, 2012 at 10:33 am:
This was quite fun to read. It made perfect sense and I loved each verse :)
 
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Nessa13This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Nov. 30, 2012 at 10:34 am:
I liked it, but it gave me a headache!!! haha to much math! But, it was REALLY good! <3
 
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ZeesrockThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Sept. 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm:
hahahah. This is so intelligent of you to put all that math in a great poem!
 
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Aduke9 said...
Jun. 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm:
Haha! This was funny.
 
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xWritingGeek13x said...
May 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm:
Oh my gosh, this so describes Alg. 1!
 
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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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asofnowThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. 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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