We Will Graph You! (“quadratic version”)

words © 1998, 2000 Lawrence Mark Lesser;
(can be sung to the tune “We Will Rock You” © Queen)

You wanna draw a parabola
From the general form algebra.
Don’t despair,   complete the square:
The x of the vertex comes out there, and
(We will, we will graph you!)2x

The vertex now is figured out,
But does the graph smile or frown?
The number next   to the square of x
Gave the sign to make the sketch, now
(We will, we will graph you!)2x

Find and plot any x-intercepts,
The constant “c” is the y-intercept;
A vertical line   through the vertex
Gives symmetry for your sketch, and
(We have, we have graphed you!)2x

We Will Graph You! (“linear version”)

1998 adaptation by Lawrence M. Lesser (of a version © 1998 John A. Carter) that Lesser published in May 2000 Mathematics Teacher
(can be sung to the tune “We Will Rock You” © Queen)

Buddy you’re tryin’ to draw the line
For the m and the b we’re assigned:
Ain’t hard you see,
Put your pencil on the b,
One more point will guarantee that....
(We will, we will graph you!)2x

So now you know the y-intercept;
Here’s how we find the rest of it:
Up with rise,
Across for run,
Plot another point, and when they’re strung, sing...
(We have, we have graphed you!)2x

We Are the Mathletes (lyric copyright 2005 by Lawrence M. Lesser;

can be sung to the tune of “We are the Champions”  © Queen)

The math that I knew,   I memorized

To get me through   what teachers devised!

And mistakes,  we’ve all made a few…

But I learned the reasons behind the math that I do.

And I went on and on and on and on….

We are the mathletes, my friend,

And we’ll keep deriving ‘til the end.

We are the mathletes, we are the mathletes,

No time to sell fries, ‘cause we are the mathletes

Of the world!