The Great Big Book of Algebra

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Adding Integers,
Plus, increase, greater than, add,
Adding is so fun!

Subtracting Integers-Free Verse Poetry
Subtracting integers is just mad...
In the world of integers,
We never subtract, we add!
Adding integers is so fun!
Lets get to it! And get the job done,

Subtracting Integers does not exist,
But there's a twist
If you do subtract, you must add instead,
Adding is very much easy like
watching tv or sleeping in bed!

Partitive Division- Tanka Poem
You give to everyone,
Called sharing division too,
Share your yummy cookies,
Give until you have none left,
Remember to share cookies!!

Quotative Division-Haiku
Groups of Integers,
Group them in equal parts now,
It is so easy.

Rule of Multiplying Integers-Free Verse Poem
In the world of integers
There is only 2 rules
When you multiply an even amount of negative integers the product is always positive
Isn't that just cool!

Other rule is when you multiply an odd number of negative integers
the product is always negative
With our rules multiplying integers is a breeze
Multiplying Integers is easy like 1,2,3!
Easy as eating cheese!

Combining like terms and the Distributive Property
Billy Bob Jones: Hey Mike! I need your help with my homework.
Mike Hawk Jones: Sure let me see.
Billy Bob Jones: My last question asks what is combining like terms.
Mike Hawk Jones: Oh that's easy. It's like going shopping, you group the apples with the apples and the oranges with the oranges. But this time you group the variables(letters) with the constants(numbers).
Billy Bob Jones: Oh! I get it, so if there's 2a+1a+2+1. I just combine them so it's 3a+3?
Mike Hawk Jones: Yep just like that. It's like simplifying your answer so it's more easier to solve.
Billy Bob Jones: Thanks Mike!
Mike Hawk Jones: No problem Billy! Glad to help.

Cosmo: I need help with homework! Is N+3-5N+12 is -6N+15??
Wonda: That's not right, lets go over this question.
Cosmo: Ok... How do we do this?
Wonda: First lets change the way we look at it. N-5N+3+12 is much better for your eyes. Now we have to simplify.
Cosmo: How do we simplify Wonda?
Wonda: We add the variables with the constants so there's only 1 variable and 1 constant left.
Cosmo: Ok N-5N is -4N and +3+12 is +15 so the answer is -4n+15 Wonda?
Wonda: Yep! Way to go Cosmo.
Cosmo: Thanks Wonda(:

Patrick: Hey Spongebob how's it going?
Spongebob Squarepants: I have homework from boarding school...
Patrick: What's your homework?
Spongebob: A question is 2+4(3N+8) I think it's dealing with combining like terms and the distributive property. I think the answer is 12N+10.
Patrick: No that's wrong! I think the answer is 12N+34 because we are dealing with the distributive property so we multiply the 4 with 3n+8 which is 12N+34. Then we add the 2 so we get 2+12N+32. Now we combine like terms so 2+32 is 34 and there is only 1 variable and 1 constant now. So our answer is 12N+34.
Spongebob: Oh! I'm sooooooo stupid, I should of known we had to do that. Thanks Patrick and how did you get so smart at this?
Patrick: Hahaha I guessed
Spongebob: Now that's my best friend right there!

Chapter 3!
1 Step Equations

When your doing additive. You just have to balance each side, so at the end you have n=? or in this case (2). Or in other words you have to isolate the variable by canceling using the opposite. When your done finding what the variable is, you need to do one last step, verify. Verify is very easy, you just substitute to check. You write down the question again and replace the N with your number. You will know if its balanced by verifying.
When your doing Subtractive, its just the same as Additive. First you isolate the variable by canceling using the opposite. Then you'll find what your variable is and then you just verify to check if its right. You rewrite the question and replace your N with your number. At then end, you should know if its balanced or not.
Multiplicative now. Its just the same but this time your multiplying. First you need to isolate by canceling using the opposite, don't forget to balance. After you need to verify(substitute to check). You rewrite the questions and replace N with your number.

Division now. Division is just the same as Multiplicative but instead of dividing to cancel, you need to multiply to cancel. First isolate the variable by canceling using the opposite. After Verify but rewriting your answer and replacing the N with your number. By verifying you can check if your answer is right!

Chapter 4!


  1. Joysie 817 said... This comment has been removed by the author.

    December 4, 2008 at 8:32 PM  

  2. Joysie 817 said...

    Hi, Liem. Great Job! I liked how you used your colours and how you rhymed your words. It really sounds great.

    Although, you did have some errors. Spelling, grammar and some capitalization mistakes.

    But, I still think that you did a excellent job! ☺

    December 4, 2008 at 8:34 PM  

  3. linda 8-17 said...

    WOW! I think this is my favourite post for poems ;)
    You generally rhymed throughout the entire post of poems, which I thought was amazing. I'm horrible at rhyming, and sir, I think you've got talent. :)
    In each poem, you were able to explain the idea of what the topic was, so I thought that was extremely helpful!
    Your choice of colour is so inviting, and it nicely follows a pattern. GOOD JOB!!!!!
    Honestly speaking, I don't have a favourite poem here. They all are. ;DD

    December 7, 2008 at 1:33 AM  

  4. linda 8-17 said...


    December 7, 2008 at 1:34 AM  

  5. Kevin 8-17 said...

    LIEM! haha, nice video, but it didn't show them having a conversation and asnwering those questions. I thought you had to put that in the video too haha. and wow, he gave billy bob a kiss at the end, ahahah.

    December 16, 2008 at 11:36 PM  

  6. camille817 said...


    Hey good job on your movie Liem! :) I liked how you made 2 different movies, You also explained everything very well! Keep up the good work! :D

    December 18, 2008 at 8:55 PM  

  7. Karen8-17 said...

    apsh! I see my writing on chapter 3 subtaction LOL!! Good Job guess you explained everything on your pictures, I can't watch any of the videos here except for mine for someone reason maybe it's my computer or internet! anyways Good JOB!!
    - your lil sister!

    January 19, 2009 at 5:55 PM  

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