The Great Big Book of Algebra

Monday, December 1, 2008
Chapter One: Integer Poetry

Cinquan: Adding Integers

Adding integers,
big, great,
adding, combining, gaining,
Two numbers coming together,

Free Verse: Subtracting Integers
In the world of integers,
subtraction does not exist.
In the world of integers,
subtraction is not missed.
When there is a subtracting sign,
I change it all the time.
Addition now,
I'm almost done.
Adding is more fun!

Haiku: Partitive Division
How many equal parts?
Asks Partitive Division.

What is your answer?

Free Verse: Quotitive Division
How many of a number is in a group?
Do you count all, or count in twos?
Of course you count,
one by one!
Do this and the game shall be won!
Fear not,
this is not repetitive.
It does not work for negative, negative.

Free Verse: The "Rule of Multiplying" integers.
Every odd amount of negatives,
is a negative product.
Every even amount of negatives,
is a positive product.
Know this,
and be free.

Chapter Two: Combining like terms and the Distributive Property

MASON: BOBBY! BOBBY! Guess what!

BOBBY: What now Mason?!

MASON: I learned how to do algebra in school today!


MASON: What do you mean "so"! Now, I'm not only super fly, but smart too!

BOBBY: Really now?!


BOBBY: Want to help me with my homework then?

MASON: Sure. Let's check it out.

BOBBY: What is n+3-5n+12? I think it's -6n+15.

MASON: Hm . . . how did you come to that conclusion?

BOBBY: First of all I write down the question. The second thing I did was re-group so it looked
like this -5n+n+3+12. Third, I put them together which came to -6+15.

MASON: You did all the right steps, but your error is in -5n+n. The n by itself is a positive. Think of it as -5+(+1)=-4. The correct answer to n+3-5n+12 is -4n+15.

BOBBY: Oh! I get it now!

MASON: Got any other questions? I want to train my skills.

BOBBY: Ha ha, whatever you say. Well, there is another question that I don't get.

MASON: Which one?

BOBBY: 2 + 4(3n+8), I think the answer is 12n + 10, but I'm not sure.

MASON: Wow. You are so wrong dude.

BOBBY: Well then, you teach me "oh great one"!

MASON: With pleasure! It's like this young one. First you multiply the 4 with 3n whi-

BOBBY: BUT, what about the 2 in front of the 4?


BOBBY: . . .

MASON: As I was saying, 4x3=12n. Then you take the 4 and multiply it with 32. Right now you should have 12n + 32. You taking notes?

BOBBY: Yes sir!

MASON: Good. Now you take the 2 in front of the 4 and add it to 32. You should now have 34 and the answer is 12n+34.

BOBBY: But I don't understand, where did I go wrong?

MASON: I think you got mixed up when you did 4x3n then you did 2+8.

BOBBY: Oh . . . well . . . thanks for helping me.

MASON: No problem.

BOBBY: I guess you really are are pretty smart.

MASON: Thank you!

BOBBY: *looks at camera* and remember folks, drive safely!



Chapter Three: One step equation solving

ADDITION: First of all, you need to Isolate the variable (n) by Canceling with the Opposite. The opposite of +2 is -2. You must Balance, which means whatever you do to the left side, you must do to the right side. Last, but not least, don't forget to Verify!

SUBTRACTION: is very much like Addition. Isolate the variable (n) by Canceling with the Opposite. The opposite of -3 is +3. You must Balance and Verify.

MULTIPLICATION: Isolate the variable (n) by Canceling with the Opposite. The opposite of multiplication is division. So you will have to divide 3n by 3.
Balance and Verify.

DIVISION: Isolate the variable (n) by Canceling with the Opposite. The opposite of division is multiplication. So you will have to multiply (n) divided by 2 with 2.
Balance and Verify.

Chapter Four:


  1. linda 8-17 said...

    I have abosolutely nothing negative to say. Perfect post!

    December 7, 2008 at 1:44 AM  

  2. nikki 8-17 said...

    Great job Gizzle! I love your poems! I love your movie about two bears and algebra. I liked the part when Bobby said "remember folks, drive safely!" I didn't see any mistakes on your post. Well, anyways keep up the good work!!

    December 18, 2008 at 9:34 AM  

  3. camille817 said...

    GIZZLE! ;p

    Hey I LOVED your movie! I love the part when Mason says "DON'T INTERRUPT THE MASTER!" That was really funny! :P and like Nikki said it was funny when Bobby said to
    " drive safely" good times! I also liked how MASON: "Wow. You are so wrong dude." it gives the movie a Giselle flavor! :) okay that all for right now ! keep up the good work! :D

    December 18, 2008 at 5:06 PM  

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