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Jake Scott  
Instructional math rap includes the original songs "Triangle Experts," "Special Right Triangles," "Graphing Trig Functions," "Quadratic Formula," and "The Best Pythagorean Rap Ever." Lyrics include "The cosine is sine with a phase shift of pi/If you think I'm wrong you just give it a try/Type in cosine ninety and sine oneeighty/You get zero for both unless your TI is shady/Now check your mode, make sure you're in degrees/Now try tan ninety and see what it reads ..." and "If you can solve the tri then you can solve the poly/You'll be knocking out problems like your last name was Ali/See, the triangle is the mother of all polygons/If you can solve it then your game is tight like Lebron's/If you rip up your triangle and line up your vertices/they form a straight line because they're supplementary ..." and "The second tool in this bag is eponymously named/after the Greek mathematician from whom it came/For any right triangle, the hypotenuse squared/equals the sum of the legs squared. Now you're prepared/to find the third side of any right triangle you see/Use the Pythagorean Theorem and your abc's/Please, we solve triangles on our way to diplomas/Podemos hablar de triagulos en dos idiomas ..." Scott, recognized as the 2011 NAACP–MCPS Outstanding Teacher of the Year, teaches at Montgomery Blair High School (Maryland). See also his YouTube channel and selfpublished 2π Talks Math with the Queen of Honeytown.  


Levels:  High School (912) 
Languages:  English, Spanish 
Resource Types:  Audio, Video, Fun for Kids 
Math Topics:  Equations, Euclidean Plane Geometry, Trigonometry 
Math Ed Topics:  Nontraditional, Audiovisual/Multimedia 
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