# 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!!!

This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s .

## Join the Discussion

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!

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!

Saphira07 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

vazenitran98 said...
Dec. 22, 2012 at 10:33 am
This was quite fun to read. It made perfect sense and I loved each verse :)

Nessa13 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

Zeesrock said...
Sept. 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm
hahahah. This is so intelligent of you to put all that math in a great poem!

Jun. 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm
Haha! This was funny.

xWritingGeek13x said...
May 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Oh my gosh, this so describes Alg. 1!

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!

asofnow 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!

Michaela M. said...
Jan. 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm
math is my enemy! i think thats why im so good a language arts this poem helps a lot...now i just have to rember it all...thanks this all ready helps half the things you said we were donig in class and i dident even get. would i b ok if i showed this to my math teacher all credit will be yours.

Studio_Riet said...
Jan. 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Ugh. I did NOT like Algebra 1. This poem explains a lot of it. It's funny, though, and makes light of the math situation :)

chloe_garrett said...
Jan. 27, 2012 at 8:37 am
LOL this is hilarious. Great poem. I love your work. Do you think you could check out some of mine?

Wildflower30 said...
Jan. 27, 2012 at 2:03 am
I love Math, but the calm way you expressed the whole thing was amazing. I love the 3rd and 4th lines. Satiric. :)

Ella1 said...
Jan. 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm
Haha I love this great work!

Priyanka_A said...
Jan. 5, 2012 at 10:11 am
this is hilarious! i took alg 1 last year, and you pretty much covered it all. You have great talent and maybe you could check out some of my work?