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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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msztweetybabii said...
Feb. 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Excuse me, but I saw this poem before..You did not write it..Please don't take credit for other people's work..Please be original.

Not trying to be rude, just saying.

Aug. 27, 2011 at 12:19 am
For a moment I got depressed, then I saw that no! This is an original poem!  *yaaaaaaaaaaay*

AlyBug said...
Feb. 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm
lol hey im taking algebra one for the second time... lol if it was more like this poem i mite actually pass goodd job btw :):)

HannahBanana23 said...
Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm
Wow I have never like math and well this gives me a different perspective but other than that I still dont get it.

emoducks said...
Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:09 am
haha nice. :) XD

Justine Reyes said...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 5:01 am
Woah!I think this poem inspires many students to do well in math!It well never be boring!Solving problems,equations , was pretty cool!Algebra 1 was amazing.WE ♥ MATH!

miley cyrus said...
Jan. 19, 2011 at 9:12 am
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

kizyk. ramozo replied...
Jan. 31, 2011 at 6:36 am
hehehe like it.. i really love it..

gman123 said...
Jan. 19, 2011 at 9:06 am
this poem really desribes how challenging algebra one is

thatjosephguy said...
Jan. 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I got scared at first when I saw the title of this poem, being a freshman in high school, but as I read it, I laughed.

It's been a while since somebody has made me laugh.  Be proud of your work.

thatjosephguy replied...
Jan. 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I just sent this to my friend Tyler.

you should make this lyrics to a song.

parody mebbe...

Elizabeth_Day said...
Jan. 13, 2011 at 12:11 am
oh, goodness.  I couldn't STAND geometry.  Far too many constructions for my liking.

Gigantron said...
Dec. 27, 2010 at 7:44 pm
Ha, this was great! Please do one on Algebraic Graph Theory when you get the chance. :)

Wolfheart said...
Dec. 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm
DIE ALGEBRA!!!! D8

Seelix said...
Dec. 27, 2010 at 10:35 am
Excellentness=) Algebra is the bane of student existence... at least we won't have to do it in the real world =P

thatjosephguy replied...
Jan. 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm
oh my gosh.  true dat!

Tsumench said...
Dec. 5, 2010 at 7:51 pm
I'm a junior in algebra 2 this year and I HATE it. I wanna go back to Geometry. =.=

yanaz replied...
Jan. 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm
I'm a freshman in Algebra 2 and I totally agree with you!

memeko said...
Nov. 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm
i need to memorize this by tuesday for our speech choir..

gengen replied...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 9:34 am
ohh ! me to .. ! speech choir this coming tuesday in student center :))

JOJOkester said...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 11:05 am
this reminds me so much of my algebra 1 class  only if you put in something about a funny talking phillipino teacher.  AWESOME POEM!!!

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