The Great Big Book of Algebra

Friday, December 5, 2008
Chapter One: Integer Poetry

Cinquain - Adding Integers
Total is called the sum
Negative, positive, zero

Tanka - Subtracting Integers
Though we still subtract
But we don't really do it
Reducing is no sweat
To find out the difference
Be master of subraction

Haiku - Partitive Division
Doesn't work always
A Certain number of parts
It's quick and simple

Free Verse - Quotative Division
Quotative division is how many groups are in a number
If you know how to do this you won't need to go to school in the summer
Sometimes quotative does not work
If you don't know what it works for I guess you have to do it for homework
Divide the number into equal groups
But it's not as hard as getting out of sticky goop

Free Verse - The Rule for Multiplying Integers
Multiplying integers isn't that hard
If you know how to do this you are a star
The rule is really easy
But if you don't know the rule you won't get queasy

Chapter 2: Combining Like Terms and the Distributive Property

The Movie Script

Cubby:Hey Toby!
Toby: Hey Cubby!
Cubby: know you haven't been at school lately, but we learned this new unit in class today and it is called algebra.
Toby: What's it about?
Cubby: Well so far we learned how to combine like terms and the distributive property.
Toby: Cool!
Cubby: Here's a question. What is the simplified form of n+3-5n+12?
Toby: I think it's -6n+15
Cubby: Wait, let me think. Sorry Toby, you're wrong the correct answer is -4n+15 because you have to combine the like terms first then add whatever is left. First you combine the n and 5n which is -4n. Then you add 3 and 12 which equals 15 and your result will be-4n+15. I think what you did was you added the -5 with the n and you thought it was -6n. Then you got the second part right. Do you get it?
Toby: I get it now.
Cubby: Try this question. What is the simplified form of 2+4(3n+8)?
Toby: I think it's 12n+10.
Cubby: Sorry Toby you are wrong. The right answer is 12n+34 because first of all you multiply the 4 with 3n which equals 12n. Then you multiply 4 with 8 which is 32.Then now you have 12n+2+32. Now you add up 2 and 32 which is 24. The answer will be 12n+24. I think what you did was you multiplied the 4 with 3n which is 12. Then you added the 2 with the 8 which equals 10 and that is how you got 12n+10.
Toby: Oh I see. Math is so hard! I will never get it.
Cubby: Yeah you will, if you just keep practicing and practicing. Then you'll get it.
Toby: Well I have to go now. Bye!

The Movie

Chapter 3: One Step Equation Solving

This chapter is about how to solve one step algebraic equations. As you may know the goal of solving an equation is to get the variable by its self and to find the value of it. By doing that you must Isolate the variable, Cancel using the Opposite, Balance and Verify. Also known as ICOBV.
This first one is about addition.

This one is about subtraction.

This one is about multiplication.

Finally, division.

Chapter 4

This chapter is about using algetiles for solving one step equations. I did this chapter with my friends Giselle and Linda. We explained everything on this video below.


  1. linda 8-17 said...

    HI NIKKI! Holy tolito! I almost didn't want to comment because your poems are so pwnage! The only thing I'd have to say is, MAYBE make your title bigger to make it more attractive, but you don't need to. I just think it would look nicer. :) G'JOB NIKKI!

    - Ducky

    December 5, 2008 at 11:28 PM  

  2. KimC8-17 said...

    Hi Nikki! You poems are awesome! You had a few typing errors. I found the in you Tanka poem that you spelled "subtraction" wrong. you forgot the t. In your Haiku poem I think that the second line only has 6 syllables. "Cer-tain-num-ber-of-parts" because I don't think that the "s" is one syllable. Oh!and also your last free verse you spelled rule like this "Rul". But your poems are so cool! I wish I did the cinquain. Yours is well done!:)

    December 6, 2008 at 12:08 AM  

  3. Joysie 817 said...

    Hey, Nikki! I just like to congradulate you on a job well done! I really liked your poems. I liked how they rhymed and how colourful they are. I liked that almost all of your poems were different types. There was so much variety.

    I found some minor spelling/ grammar mistakes, but they didnt affect your wonderful poems at all.

    And once again, Great Job! ☺

    December 7, 2008 at 3:56 PM  

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