The Great Big Book Of Algebra

Sunday, December 7, 2008
Chapter 1: Integer Poetry

Adding: Haiku

Adding integers
using various numbers
to get the answer

Subtracting: Diamante

less, minus
losing, decreasing, minimizing
deduct, diminish - increase, boost
gaining, joining, inflating
sum, amount

Partitive Division: Cinquain

divide, serve
parting, grouping, giving
sorting it all out

Quotative Division: Haiku

Distant integers
How many can go into
The total number

Ron's Rule: Free Verse

Ron's Rule is effortless
So just remember this
A negative number of signs
is a negative answer, nothing is amissAlthough this is true, there is an opposite
A positive number of signs
is a positive answer, something that causes bliss

Chapter 2 : Combining like terms and the Distributive Property


Cadence: Hi Blaise

Blaise: Hi Cadence

Cadence: What are you up to?

Blaise: Oh nothing, just some math homework. It's pretty difficult...Harbeck is brutal!

Cadence: Really? Let's take a look. The first question is n+3-5n+12

Blaise: I got..-6n+15 for that one

Blaise: Is it right?

Cadence: Yes!

Blaise: Really?

Cadence: Of course not! Let me explain.

Cadence: In a algebraic expression, you have to group the variables and numbers. The easiest way to do that is to put them in order, variab

les first. After doing this the expression should be -5n + n + 3 + 12. Got me so far?

Blaise: I think so. But what happens af

ter that?

Cadence: Once that is done and over with, you can add the variables. -5n + n is -4n , right?

Blaise: Sure, why not?

Cadence: Now lets add the numbers, an

d finish simplifying the question.

Blaise: This is simplifying?!

Cadence: Yes, what else would it be?

Blaise: I thought it was solving the problem.

Cadence: Nope. Since there is no equals sign in this question, we are merely simplifying it.

Blaise: Gotcha.

Cadence: ... Right. Carrying on. Adding the two leftover numbers, 3 and 12, we get 15. To finish answering this question, we add

both the answer from the variables and the numbers. This comes out to -4n + 15.

Blaise: Oh, I see. I now know where I went wrong.. I added the variables differently than you did. -5n + n isn't -6n, it's -4n.

Cadence: Okay, onto the next question, which is 2+4(3n+8)

Blaise: Ha, well the answer to that was obvious.

Cadence: Well then, what was it?

Blaise: 12n+10

Cadence: No, Blaise. Your wrong. Again.

Blaise: Fine then. Explain how to figure out this question.

Cadence: Okay. The first thing that you notice that is different in this question is the brackets, and the number right beside t

hem. Since this number is touching the bracket, it becomes a multiplier. This means that you multiply both the numbers inside the brackets by it. But before starting on this, lets write down the 2 +. Now lets multiply. Since the question is 2+4(3n+8) we multiply 4 by 3n, which is 12n, and 4 by 8, which is 32.

Blaise: So the result so far is 2 + 12n + 32?

Cadence: Correct. As said in the last question explanation, we have to group numbers and variables. Since there is only 1 variable in this question it will not need to be grouped, so we can just group 32 and 2. Adding these together we get 34.

Blaise: The answer is 12n + 34!

Cadence: Good job Blaise, but since you still think your a ninja, I'm a bit creeped out.

Blaise: *random dancing*

Chapter 3 : One Step Equation Solving


  1. peachy 8-41 said...

    Ah, Jordan. Nice word 'inflating.' I haven't heard of that one! Great job with the poems, and great job with the words you chose for them! You chose some words I haven't heard/seen anyone say/put for/on their poems! So I'm guessing you googled it? Or, :P Good job with that. :)

    December 9, 2008 at 8:55 PM  

  2. Clarence 9-06 said...

    good job Jordan like the use of colour haha .

    December 10, 2008 at 10:18 PM  

  3. Anonymous said...

    Haha thanks for the comments! I appreciate it :)

    December 11, 2008 at 9:01 PM  

  4. MelaneeCuneapen 9-06 said...


    December 17, 2008 at 6:27 PM  

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