The Great Big Book of Algebra

Friday, December 5, 2008
Chapter One :

Adding Integers - Haiku

Combining Digits,
A number line is the key,
Sum is the answer.

Subtracting Integers - Free Verse

Take away from that,
That is what you call subtract.
Instead, change the line,
add the opposite is fine.
and maybe even better,
do the rest and you are done.

Partitive Division - Tanka

Use equal parts here,
Imagine dealing out cards.
Give some to each group.
Make sure it's equal,
That is the answer.

Quotative Division - Free Verse

Peek-A-Boo, I see you.
Find me in, a number bin.
How much of me, can you see.
Circle me how many times,
Don't worry it's not a crime.
The number of me,
Is your answer you see.

Ron's Rule - Free Verse

Ron's rule isn't hard,
Just use when multiplying.
Negative numbers,
Odd is Negative,
And just vice versa.

Thanks for reading and here's a little extra since I put this off to the last minute.
Hope you enjoy.

Chapter 2 :

Combining Like Terms and the Distributive Property.

Pog: Hey
Adalrico: Hello. How may I help you?
Pog: I'm kind of low on money as you can see from my clothes, so I was wondering if you could make me a bank account.
Adalrico: Surely I could do something. Although, in order to obtain an account, you must go through a series of questions. It's a new policy that the manager has created.
Pog: Yeah whatever, as long as I get my account. I haven't eaten in days you know.
Adalrico: Well the first question isn't that hard, and if you graduated in school, you should answer this easily.
Pog: Alright then.
Adalrico: The first question is "n+ 3 -5n +12"
Pog: Algebra huh? That rhymed, im a poet and I didn't know it.
Adalrico: Please, just answer the queastion.
Pog: Well, I remember something about this in school. Maybe if I bring the N and -5n together, so then if i have negative 5 n's, and I add the other n, that would equal to negative 6 n's (-6n). Is that right so far?
Adalrico: Just continue and I'll tell you once you get your complete answer.
Pog: Fine then. So now, I'm left with -6n +3 +12. This part is easy, I just add the 3 and 12 to get 15. So my complete answer is now, -6n +15. Is that right?
Adalrico: I'm sorry sir, but that is incorrect.
Pog: What!? Show me then if your so smart.
Adalrico: Well, the last part you did was right, the part where you got positive 15. The part where you got wrong was when you were adding the variable.
Pog: Very what?
Adalrico: The variable, the unknown number. The n.
Pog: Oh okay, so how do I do it then?
Adalrico: Well sir, as you can see, there is no negative sign in front of the n. Although, there is a negative sign in front of the 5n. So, it's a simple addition question. Add 1 positive n to 5 negative n's. What would that equal?
Pog: Uh, it would equal a number.
Adalrico: Wow, it's very simple. That equation would equal to negative 4 n's (-4n).
Pog: So the right answer would be -4n +15?
Adalrico: Precisely.
Pog: I knew it! Well, kind of.
Adalrico: Well Pog, you could still get your bank account, but you would have to answer at least one question right. Would you like another question?
Pog: Bring it on then, I'm prepared for anything you give me.
Adalrico: Very well then. Your next question is 2 +4(3n +8).
Pog: Umm, hold on, let me try and remember what to do if there is brackets. I got it! When a bracket is touching a number, you multiply the two. So 4 multiplied by 3n. I think that would equal to 12n! Now that the brackets are gone, I'm left with 2+12n+8. Since I can't add the 2 to the 12n, I add it to the positive 8. So then, that would equal positive 10!
Adalrico: Once again, you are wrong.
Pog: Are you for real?
Adalrico: Sadly, yes. You messed up when you saw the brackets. It's true that you multiply when a number is touching a bracket, but in this case, we will use the Distributive Property.
Pog: Okay then, but how does it work?
Adalrico: When a number touches a bracket, the number outside of the bracket multiplies the numbers inside the brackets. So since the number touching the bracket is +4, and one of the numbers inside of the brackets is 3n, we multiply those two.
Pog: So it would be positive 4 multiplied by 3n right?
Adalrico: Exactly, now your getting the hang of it. Do you know the answer to that?
Pog: Well, if I have 4 groups of 3n's, then I would end up with 12n's! Right?
Adalrico: Yes, now since there is one more number inside of the brackets, you multiply the four with that number inside.
Pog: So, since a positive 8 is still in the brackets, you multiply that with the positive 4. Am I correct?
Adalrico: Of course. That would equal what Pog?
Pog: Uhmm, 4 groups of positive 8 would equal, 32!
Adalrico: Correct once again. Now tell me the all the integers you have so far.
Pog: 2 +12n +32. Just like the first question, I add the same type of numbers. Since the 12n doesn't fit in with anything else, I add the other two integers.
Adalrico: So then the integers you're adding are 2 + 32.
Pog: Finally, an easy question. 2+32 would simply equal 34.
Adalrico: Do you know what to do next?
Pog: Of course, you put the two integers together and create an expression.
Adalrico: And that expression would be?
Pog: It would be positive 12n +34.
Adalrico: At last, you come up with the right answer. Even if you made mistakes, but we'll forget about that. Have you learned from your mistakes?
Pog: Yeah, now may I have my bank account, I'm getting pretty hungry.
Adalrico: Haha, sure. There, your all ready to go.

Anyways, I made two videos because my script couldn't fit on one movie.
Thanks for watching, and please comment!

Chapter Three :
is not yet done, but I'll finish this ASAP.

Chapter Four :

Here's the video that Adrian, Clarence and I made. Sorry for not describing it enough.


  1. alyannaL said...

    OH MY DEAN ! :) Good job, I really liked the video you and your friends made. It's really nice, anyways keep up the good job :) .

    December 6, 2008 at 3:57 PM  

  2. Anonymous said...

    DEAN ! wow, Adrian told me about your video, I didn't get the chance to watch it yesterday, but I did today ! That was really good. Your poems are well written too. Keep up the good work ! :)

    December 6, 2008 at 5:57 PM  

  3. Adrian 8-41 said...

    HEY i helpped LOL

    December 6, 2008 at 7:49 PM  

  4. gian 8-16 said...

    HEY DEAN ! Good Job on the video and on the poems . Well keep up the good work (:

    December 7, 2008 at 4:01 PM  

  5. sutchaisana 8-41 said...

    I commented on adrian's so I might as well comment on yours. Your so good at making a 'Filipina accent'. Great job with everything.

    December 9, 2008 at 12:17 AM  

  6. Clarence 9-06 said...

    HAHA , Nice job dean with the video you made lyrics and got MUSIC :D haha this is a nice video and it helps us learn about all types of integer like adding, subtracting and all that stuff, Good job !!

    December 10, 2008 at 10:16 PM  

  7. kuung 841 said...

    Good job on your first, second and fourth chapters! But where is chapter 3?! EVERYONE'S CHAPTER THREE'S ARE MISSING. rofl. Great job though, I can see how you put a lot of time and effort into it!

    February 11, 2009 at 8:41 PM  

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