## Saturday, December 18, 2010

### preCalculus Carols, Ho, Ho, Ho!!!

As promissed, here's my preCalculus Carols SongBook!  BTW, by preCalculus I mean any class before Calculus.  I do you this songbook with my preCalculus class, but I also use it is other classes.  I'm sure you could find one or two songs in here you could use in Algebra, Geometry or Trig.

What I did was, I added the "Oh Calculus, Oh Calculus" from my last blog post to my Calculus Carols SongBook.  The "Program" song is now part of my preCalculus Carol SongBook.  What follows are the remaining 11 preCalculus Carols in no particular order.  I will include a 12th song here which is not a carol.  It's a rap song recently written for me by my preCalculus students you may find amusing....

(1) Binomials!  Binomials! (tune = "Jingle Bells")
Are the terms alike,
Or are they different?
Oh my!

Binomials!  Binomials!
To multiply we toil!
Distribute the monomials,
Or multiply by FOIL!

(2) Exponents! (tune = "Jingle Bells")
Exponents!  Exponents!
Powerful things!
Raise you up,
And root you down
Are what logarithms bring!

Natural is e,
Common is 10,
E to the zero is one,
Ten to the zero’s one again!
To divide simply subtract,
Or you’re on the wrong track!

Oh, Exponents!  Exponents!
Powerful things!
Raise you up,
And root you down
Are what logarithms bring!

(3) Mathematics, My Favorite Subject! (tune = "Rudolf")
Mathematics, my favorite subject, is a very challenging class!
And if you ever take it, you will learn to love it fast!

In it we learn equations: Linear, Quadratic and more….
We always do our homework, it’ll never become a bore!

For some future college day, your professor just might say,
“Students, with your minds so bright, solve this problem right tonight!”

Then you’ll use this background, that other students have missed,
With math you’ll solve the problem, and be named to the Dean’s List!

(4) Oh Number PI! (tune = "Oh Christmas Tree")
Oh, number PI,
Oh, number PI,
Oh, number PI,
Oh, number PI,
No pattern are you sending?
You’re three point one four one five nine,
And even more if we had time!
Oh, number PI,
Oh, number PI,
For circle lengths unbending.

Oh, number PI,
Oh, number PI,
You are a number very sweet!
Oh, number PI,
Oh, number PI,
Your uses are so very neat?
There’s 2 PI r and PI r squared,
A semi-circle and you’re there!
Oh, number PI,
Oh, number PI,
We know that PI’s a tasty treat!

(5) On The First Day of  Math Class (tune = " On The First Day of  XMas")
On the first day of math class,
My teacher said to me,
“The assignment is on page three!”

On the second day of math class,
My teacher said to me,
“Get xtra help!  The assignment is on page three!”

On the third day of math class,
My teacher said to me,
“Are there any questions?  Get xtra help!  The assignment is on page three!”

On the fourth day of math class,
My teacher said to me,
“We’ll have a test on Friday.  Are there any questions?  Get xtra help!  The assignment is on page three!”

On the fifth day of math class,
My teacher said to me,
“Please study hard!  We’ll have a test on Friday.  Are there any questions?  Get xtra help!  The assignment is on page three!”

(6) Rudolph the Statistician. (tune = "Rudolph")
Rudolph the statistician, had a cool 83,
And if you ever saw him, he would be simulating!

All the other reindeers used to laugh and call him NERD!
They never let poor Rudolph play in any of their math games...

Then, one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say,
“Rudolph, could you do a SRS and tell me what toys I should make?”

Then, how the reindeers loved him, generalizing his sample data!
Rudolf, the statistician, is the reason you get toys!

(7) Rudolph the Statistician 2 (tune = "Rudolph")
Rudolph the statistician
Sampled data everywhere!
Mean heights and heart conditions
Calculated with great care!

All the population
Living from coast to coast
Sought out his data samples
He would always give the most!

Then one foggy Xmas Eve
Santa came to say,
What gifts I should bring tonight.”

Quickly, he polled the children,
And Rudolph shouted with glee,
Give Nintendos and Barbies!

(8) On The 12th Day of  Math Class (tune = " On The 12th Day of  XMas")
On the 12th day of Math Class, my teacher gave to me:
12 mean averages,
11 equations regressing,
10 graphs plotting,
9 surveys polling,
8 experiments failing,
7 random numbers,
6 crazy teachers,
5 preCalculus problems!
4 charts and data,
3 wrong assumptions,
2 assignments whinning
And a brand new TI-83!

(9) Oh Algebra! (tune = "Oh Christmas Tree")
Oh Algebra!  Oh Algebra!
Oh Algebra!  Oh Algebra!
They show us how to operate,
Our feeble minds they stimulate…
Oh Algebra!  Oh Algebra!

(10) Jingle Algebra! (tune = "Jingle Bells")
Dashing through my text,
It’s really not complex!
But, if my mind runs slow,
It gives me lots of woe,
Oh, Oh, Oh!

I study Algebra.
My brain runs, I say, “Go!”
So much I do not know,
And so very far to go.
Yo!

Properties, Quantities,
Factors into play!
Points to plot,
I think a lot,
Success should come my way!

Equations have a say!
Slopes and Lines,
I’ll make the time,
Math Power’s here to stay!
Yea!

(11) Conic Section Carol (tune = "God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen")
God rest ye merry ellipses
And hyperbolae too!
Parabolas and Circles,
All curves of degree two!
Degenerate and involute,
The mathematician’s toy,
Oh sections of conics and joy,
Conics and joy, etc.

Of symmetry and foci
And fun directrices!
Both smooth and sharply pointed curves
Can have some vertices.
To prove this Polar Mode
Is such a clever ploy!
Oh sections of conics and joy,
Conics and joy, etc.

(Rap) PreCalc Exclusive! (not a holiday tune = just rap it, dude)
Mike and Nik, chillen in PreCalc,
Got mad work, solvin’ them problems out.
Put me to the test, I solve the best,
Don’t even front, we’re better than the rest!

Graphing that line, on my Ziggy 83,
Let’s take that test, you won’t do better then me.
Move your work, not the keyboard,
Mr. García might just slap you with a cord!

Get off your phone, this class is no joke,
Mr. García’s on FaceBook with a poke.
Homework, pre-test, a piece of pie,

No Regents, but we still go hard,
Tryin’ get a 100 on my report card.
PreCalculus, is the best class,
All the other subjects can kiss my @\$\$!

Mr. García is the man,
Rather be here than playing in the band.
PreCalc 2011, we can pass right through,
Calc 2012, we’re ready for you!

Generally Speaking,