Friday, November 11, 2005

I GOT COOKIES!! (because I told a little green monkey how to subtract polynomials)

One day I was walking down the street, minding my own business, when all-of-a-sudden this tiny green monkey jumped out from behind a dumpster. At first I thought the monkey was really sick, but then he began to speak. He said "Earthling, my name is Juju, I come from the planet of monkey math." Right away I figured that either this was an alien I was seeing, or I was sleeping. So I pinched myslef and sure enough, I was awake talking to a space monkey. So I said to him "Greetings monkey, my name is Jason. What do you need from me?" Then he told me a long story of how his home planet was obsessed with mathematics, but there was only one thing they didn't know, they didn't know how to "SUBTRACT POLYNOMIALS" and I was the only living creature in the universe that knew how to. I didn't really feel like telling him, because im really lazy, but then he siad "If you tell me, I'll give you some cookies!" That ofcourse sucked me in and I told him.

"If you want to subtract polynomials, you ADD THE OPPOSITE, which means use the additive inverse." he then said "Just like subtracting integers?" I told him "Yes, it is very similar, except polynomials are bigger that integers. An integer is only one number, however, a polynomial can be much bigger because there are CONSTANTS, VARIABLES, and NUMERICAL COEFFICENTS." He began to understand right away, but did not fully get it until I gave him an example. This is the example I gave him.


step 1)place the polynomials line over line on top of eachother
step 2)change the subtract sign to an addition sign
step3)change the signs of the numbers in the second polynomial
step 4) do the addition and get your answer.

Once I told him that he gave me a bag of double stuffed oreo cookies, the best cookies in the world. And he climbed into a little spaceship and took off. I will always remember the day I told a little monkey about how to subtract polynomials.


At 12:32 PM, Blogger Arvin A. said...

didnt the aliens startle ms armstrong?? hmmm....
i smell a conspiracy!!

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Miss Nicholson said...

Hey Jason!

The aliens sure were lucky to find you! A wonderful explanation- couldn't have done better myself. :)

At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Ms. Armstrong said...

Witty, creative, and accurate...I love those qualities.

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Mr. Kuropatwa said...

I've really enjoyed reading this story. Aliens, monkeys and math -- all the elements of a classic. ;-)

I hope you guys have more stories to tell!

At 7:45 AM, Blogger Larinda C. said...

..Jason.. can I have a cookie too?

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Desiree H said...

wow!!! not only does jason know how to do math but he makes it fun!!!! (sarcasm =/)

-Desi the great

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Dallas.c said...

Larinda You look weird on the web cam. almost like I am in real life -:)


At 7:50 PM, Anonymous mrs. silva said...

all of a sudden Math is making sense to me.

I too want to read more stories.


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