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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Bgeek24 said...
Jun. 21, 2011 at 11:05 am
I am now finished with Algebra I, and I really hated it, yet for some reason I was really good at it. But you are an amazing writer never stop making poetry. It is amazing how you put all of this into one poem. You summarized the whole class and added your own opinion. Fantastic job.
Dizzy_Bird said...
May 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm


WOW. This is amaaazing! You rock at poetry! :)

Katie1234 said...
May 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm
I thoroughly enjoyed this. I really enjoy math, so it was fun for me to read. However, I am also a big poetry fan, and it is nice to see something less conventional.
Alon_Freevoice said...
May 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm
you want to be a teaacher??

this is like a summarize lecture in algebra with some complaints...
poppy_lin said...
May 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I love this! Haha, I can relate to this so much; Alegebra makes me wanna punch children. (btw. i am NOT a child molester.) Good job!


DeusExMachina said...
May 30, 2011 at 11:15 am
Sorry, but was this like a school project or something? Like good job with rhyming, but I was sort of bored discussing math when I'm trying to read poetry...
ilovewriting95 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 11:08 pm
hahaha... same. Math and poetry don't mix ( in my opinion anyway.)
Andrew1 replied...
Sept. 17, 2011 at 9:44 am
 Yea I agree but they did a great job of expaining the class. Poetry is great because it can be about anything whether we find it intresting is beside the point.  
ilovewriting95 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm
You are so right and I totally agree with you.
RainingStars said...
Apr. 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm
Oh Algebra I, I will never escape from you. Being in Algebra II doesn't help much. I loved this poem, it was so fun to read and to torment my sister wtih. Very clever
ema2423 said...
Apr. 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Ick, I hate algebra! I love this poem though, keep writing :]
LiveInTheMoment said...
Apr. 16, 2011 at 11:52 am
I'm actually in middle school, so I was scratching my head in confusion for 99% of this poem, but hey, it sounded good!!! 8) Continue doing this stuff, you're really good at it.
LiveInTheMoment said...
Apr. 16, 2011 at 11:49 am
I can't believe you made all of those crazy terms rhyme! I think you should sell this to a math textbook company to help kids memorize algebraic terms. 8) Great job, this was really creative. If you have time, please check out, comment on, and rate my poem, The Girl Inside. Thanks!!! 8)
ImagineBelieveHope said...
Mar. 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm
I love algebra, honestly. I'm in an Honors Geometry class this year and I absolutely HATE GEOMETRY. I am so much better at algebra....but anyway this poem was really nice :) GOOD WORK!
aliciaaliciaaaaa replied...
Apr. 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm
haha ikr, i used to think i hated algebra after taking it in 8th grade. but now in honors geo...ugh cant wait to go back to algebra II
alymarie3 said...
Mar. 12, 2011 at 11:38 pm
omg i hate algrebra haha
joelhinay replied...
Oct. 4, 2011 at 3:57 am

don't you worry, I will help you with that


ellie315 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm
I'm impressed that it rhymes but....what the heck?
nightwolfsnow said...
Mar. 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm
Ahaha! Shoot! I WISH I could go back to Algebra I! I'm in AP Calc. x.x
Book_addict replied...
Aug. 27, 2011 at 12:04 am
Finished Algebra 2 just last year, and (hooray homeschooling!) I don't have any math this year, but... Sympathy for you.  Sympathy.
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