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# 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

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diamoner said...
Nov. 10, 2015 at 2:07 pm
The poem delighted me even though it talks about the struggles in the class it also informs you about algebra 1. The way you had the your idea from hardest to easiest was a good way to organize it. “Basic axioms of algebra leave you in awe” was easy to relate with because the problems were easy,```````````````` \] and it was like a break.

futurista12 said...
Sept. 5, 2015 at 9:51 pm
And Trigonometry :)

DietCoke said...
Jun. 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm
"But, we still have Geometry (check), Algebra 2 (check)," and Math Analysis as well as Calculus A/B/C to continue the fun!!! And don'f forget AP Stats

HafsaAhmed said...
Jan. 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm
i loveee mathsss

qanitah_elf said...
Jan. 6, 2015 at 7:38 pm
I really like this poem! It really makes you think, and I can relate to this poem so well since I've taken Algebra. I really love the rhyme scheme as well :) Awesome job!!!!

Enigmapleet said...
Nov. 23, 2014 at 3:54 am
COOL like MATHS........

itserratic said...
Oct. 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm
I have no other word for this but this was AAAAMAAAAZIIIIIINNNNGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MissEmilyDickinson said...
Sept. 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm
Wow. This is amazing. It's just absolutely, wonderful. I love it. It really makes a person think and whirl in its head. I love it, a lot. It just made me think, a lot. You really have a talent and greatness in you; and I hope you know that. Thank you for sharing this. ^_^ You are a talented and wonderful and amazing writer and person. Congrats on having this published. ^_^ You deserve it. Thanks again.

GhostBeam said...
Apr. 17, 2014 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.

TheOceansBlackBird said...
Mar. 26, 2014 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.

francheskas said...
Feb. 10, 2014 at 12:15 am
haha This really made me laugh

StarGazer9 said...
Dec. 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Ah! Just reading this makes my brain want to explode! Haha, great job! ;)

sunnyandsugar 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

Saqif said...
Oct. 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm
I really liked your poem, I liked how it rhymes at end of each line.

Rubythegem 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.

Isibeal19 said...
Jul. 27, 2013 at 10:36 am
This is so cool! I'm in Algebra 1 next year...help!!

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.

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.!

SaphiraBrightscales said...
Feb. 25, 2013 at 7:18 am
Congratulations on getting it into the magazine!

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