One day while I was walking,
As happy as could be,
I noticed a little cat,
That happened to follow me.
I asked him what his name was,
And you know what? He could talk!
He said "My name is Kitty,
And I'll teach you how to walk!"
I told him that I knew how,
And although he looked quite sad,
He then cheered up and told me,
"Then I'll teach you how to add!"
I told him that I knew how once more,
But still,he offered to help,
He then wrote on a piece of paper,
And then I gave a little yelp!
He had added two negative integers,
Right before my eyes,
I could not believe it so I asked,
"Can I give it a try?"
He handed me the paper and pen,
And I gave it my best shot,
But sadly I could not add them,
Probably because I forgot!
Kitty was quite surprised at this,
However he showed me how,
To add integers quite easily,
And I can add them now!
"Subraction is Myth"
Subtracting is false
Adding opposites is true
Be true and go far
Now what on earth is that?
Is it some form of writing,
Or a blue and purple hat?
I for one do not know,
What this could really mean,
Although I might've guessed,
That it might be for the keen.
Of course it is a long two words,
And the first is quite confusing!
This word I believe is just for those,
Who find such words amusing.
However it is not,
It is a form of math you'll see.
So now you know what "you know" means,
And I hope you'll let me be!
"A Man from a Town...in a Gown?"
There once was a man from a town,
Who did division while wearing a gown,
He was a bit crazy,
Some thought he was lazy,
Still, this did not make him frown.
"The Rules of Math"
Rules, rules, rules,
That's all I ever hear!
It's like I am surrounded,
By a herd of angry deer!
However in the math world,
The rules are really nice!
They bring me much enjoyment,
Kind of like a fuzzy dice.
The rules for multiplying,
Are really helpful too!
They make it easy to do a question,
And no more saying "Boo hoo!"
Oh yes these rules are something,
That I really like to obey,
These are in fact the only rules,
I listen to everyday!
British Guy: Yes I am.
Other Guy: Well...my name's not Governor. It's Bob.
British Guy: Alright Bob... Do you know how to simplify n+3 -5n+12 by adding like terms?
Bob: Hey man I ain't in school no more! I can do that! It's -6n+15! How do you like dem apples!
British Guy: Well...personally I must say that dem apples are rotten! The answer is -4n+15! I thought you knew how to combine like terms!
Bob: Hey man! Don't be that way! I tried my best.
British Guy: Well your best isn't good enough! I must teach you how to combine like terms!
British Guy: To start you must reorder the integers and variables. To do this you must first circle the terms that you need to combine. In this expression you would circle 3n and -5n! Do you understand?
Bob: Yeah! I get it now!
British Guy: Good. The next step would be to reorder the integers and variables so that they are next to a like term. In this expression you would put n and -5n together and put 12 and 3 together. Are you with me so far?
Bob: I guess so...
British Guy: Alright...The final step in simplifying the expression is actually combining the terms. If you do this properly then you will get -4n+15. But, in your answer you probably thought that n equals negative one.
Bob: So, it doesn't equal negative one?
British Guy: No, it just equals one.
British Guy: Well...I don't know about kissing but...I guess so.
Bob: Yeah!!! I'm right! So...yeah... the answer is 12n+10!
British Guy: No, sorry Bob. That is incorrect. The answer is 12n+34
Bob: What!? How did you get that!?
British Guy: Well, you have to multiply what's in the brackets by what's...kissing...the brackets. In this expression you would multiply both 3n and 8 by 4 because that's what's touching the brackets.
Bob: Oh! So you have to multiply both numbers by 4! I didn't know that!
British Guy: Well now you do!
Bob: Thanks man! Hey, I never did get your name. What is it?
British Guy: My name? Well...I can't tell you that!!!
Bob: Why? Please tell me! I told you mine!
British Guy: Alright...my name is...Petunia Louise... Don't laugh...
Bob: Hey man! Don't sweat it! That's an awesome name! In fact, it's also my mom's name!
Petunia Louise: ...Oh my...
Now that you know how to do one step algebraic addition questions you'll find that subtraction questions are very similar. The question is...
Now we're in the big league. Many people get scared when someone says multiplication but I assure you that ICOBV will still come through for us.
Now we're at division, the last question. Division is just the opposite of multiplication and as such you'll find many similarities to the two.