Algebra begins with an unknown.

To solve the problem, work must be shown.

Parentheses are added to make problems look harder,

but you can still do it, because you are much smarter!

The next day you learn coefficients and terms.

You get confused, and say you’ll have to adjourn.

When you get back, you have a new mission:

properties of numbers, using addition!

Exponents and factors are the new step,

but all of a sudden you came down with strep!

The day you return, you feel like trying

properties of something called multiplying!

Dispersing of candy is done very proud;

little do they know, one was missed in the crowd.

The distributive property was explained very well.

By the blank looks on faces, you could certainly tell!

Equations of numbers were taught left and right,

finding the unknown, which was clean out of sight!

Adding the opposite, or something diverse–

every second that passed, the problem got worse!

Much anguish we just could not avoid,

because the amount of homework really got us annoyed!

Solving more equations, ended the frivolity.

No matter what, there was inequality!

Combining like terms, and variables on each side,

searching absolute values, we looked far and wide.

Positive, negative, then drawing a graph!

By the end of the year, I’ll have had enough math!

~Keri A. Hanson, Learning Algebra

I’ve been dedicating a full day to each of my classes (on the days I’m not working). I don’t look forward to the day I have to do my Algebra. Dosage calculations is a breeze, English literature is enjoyable, psychology is interesting; and anatomy and physiology is fascinating.

Algebra, well…let’s just say I’ll be glad when it’s over. Brent was wicked excited about my taking algebra (he actually enjoys math and is very good at it). He likes to help me when I’m stuck, which is nice. As for me, I don’t like putting such an obscene amount of time and effort into something so uninteresting and frustrating. I thought math was supposed to be rational and straight-forward. So what’s with imaginary and irrational numbers? Next semester I’m taking statistics. Now there’s a math class for which I am actually excited!