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“Algebraic symbols are used when you do not know what you are talking about.”

“In modern mathematics, algebra has become so important that numbers will soon only have symbolic meaning.”

“Algebra is generous; she often gives more than is asked of her.” – D’Alembert

“One person’s constant is another person’s variable.” – Susan Gerhart

“I was *x* years old in the year *x*^{2}.” – Augustus De Morgan (when asked about his age)

“Men are liars. We’ll lie about lying if we have to. I’m an algebra liar. I figure two good lies make a positive.”. – Tim Allen

“We may always depend on it that algebra which cannot be translated into good English and sound common sense, is bad algebra.” – William Kingdon Clifford

“I don’t know why I should have to learn Algebra… I’m never likely to go there.” – Billy Connolly

“As long as algebra is taught in school, there will be prayer in school.” – Cokie Roberts

“It is hard to convince a high-school student that he will encounter a lot of problems more difficult than those of algebra and geometry.” – Edward W. Howe

“The most powerful single idea in mathematics is the notion of a variable.” -– K. Dewdney

“Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! Luminous triangle! Whoever has not known you is without sense!” – Comte de Lautreamont

“There is something I don’t understand about algebra: It has been around for thousands of years, yet no one has ever found out what the value of x or y really is.”

“I’m still not very good at algebra…I just can’t figure out Y.”

“I don’t know much about algebra but what I do know is you plus me equals forever.”

“What is algebra exactly; is it those three-cornered things?” ~ James Matthew Barrie

“In any classroom, all children are not on the same level, … When I was a high school teacher, I stood in front of the class and taught algebra. But I learned before I left that I had to walk down the aisles and look at each person’s paper and see what each person is doing. That’s my philosophy. You teach individuals, you don’t teach algebra.” ~ Donna King

Algebra taught me

How to replace the X’s

How to be replaced

How to be equal

How to prove myself

and most specially,

It taught me how to find the right one.

“Algebra is the metaphysics of arithmetic” – John Ray

“I thought Algebra was hard to get, but then I met you”

“Worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum” – Baz Lurhman

“I’m so good at algebra, I could replace your X, and you wouldn’t even need to know Y.”

**Learning Algebra**

© By Keri A. Hanson

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.

Simplifying numbers, where does it end?

Positive, negative, then drawing a graph!

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

**Ode to Algebra**

by Kathy Jetton Zachary

Numbers and letters

All tumbling in my head.

Letters and numbers

My pencil is running out of lead.

If x equals y,

Then what is z?

6x + y once was 24

But 8 made it 3.

More than, less than,

Or equal to.

Can’t they decide

What they want to do?

Lines, lines, and more lines

Going every which way,

Horizontal, vertical and intersecting

They’re going to collide one day.

When numbers are friends,

Are they “like terms”?

And when they are fighting,

Are they “unlike terms”?

There’s whole numbers and real numbers.

Ever heard of a fake one?

Some are positive, some are negative.

Can’t they get along with everyone.

What does it matter

1, 2, 3 or x, y, z.

In the end,

It’s all the same to me.

There’s products, quotients,

And exponents, too.

Whatever happened to

1 + 1 = 2 ?

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