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Interactive video lesson plan for: Mr. A's 2015 Math Rap - "Friends with the numbers"

Activity overview:

I'm a HS Math Teacher in NY and for the last 8 years I've been writing a performing a math rap at the end of the year for my students. This one is my latest, done to the track "The Monster" by Eminem and Rihanna. Scroll down for the lyrics and artwork attributions.

If you like this video please like, subscribe, and most importantly SHARE it on any social media you use. When appropriate please use #MrAMathRap, and be sure to check out all my other math raps at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL59BEC8684FADD8D2

[LYRICS]

I wanted to teach but not the bathroom duty
Oh, well, guess beggars can't be choosey
Wanted to receive attention for my theory
Wanted to be left along to teach the beauty-
of Mathematics that I see- wanting it both ways
this may be difficult- but that effort's rewarded
when the students- begin to connect things
cause all i want to do is help them be the best they can be
and teaching- let's me share all that I see
Gonna challenge what you think
Forget what you thought that you knew, it's obsolete
and without understanding of math it's incomplete
It's logic so I'll finish my proof/verse with Q.E.D.
That's Quad Erat Demonstrandum don't you see?
Droppin some Latin, I'm hopin this one goes Platinum
but I'm just a math teacher, and I'm...

I'm friends with the numbers inside of my head
Always solvin equations, when I'm in my bed
You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy, but math is amazing

Even though most of ya don't know it
I'm always trying to show it- how math's affecting
you, impacting- everything you do
walking around streaming your favorite song, well none of that happens without the Fourier transform
you see a signal can be broken down
into sines and cosines making it that much smaller

it forms the basis of data compression
and it's just one reason you should pay attention!
Cause my flow is differentiable
and I'm rapping continuous on this interval
go back to the beginning and take the sum of my lyrics
you'll find they're absolutely convergent on the subject mathematics
Geometry's leading you and me innorexibly
To the precipice, calculus
I'm just relaying what the greats of the past did
I'm just a messenger- and I'm friends with the...

I'm friends with the numbers inside of my head
Always solvin equations, when I'm in my bed
You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy, but math is amazing

Call me crazy but I had this vision
One day we'd- all understand, with mathematic precision
But until then I'll keep teaching- working on reaching
My message I'll be tweaking- for
The kids who tend to fight back
Saying they learned way back all the math they ever needed
they were done at division
but a world without math's a metaphorical prison
I gotta say, it kinda limits your vision
But for each kid in my class
Who has struggled in the past and starts to understand that's great!
It pays back-all the work you're putting in that
math class- turn effort into skills and you can take that
into the world, make a difference- chase your vision, make a big splash
maybe I need a math conference, face facts
I am nuts for math, and I'm okay with that
It's everywhere, so I'm friends with the...

I'm friends with the numbers inside of my head
Always solvin equations, when I'm in my bed
You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy, but math is amazing


Fourier Transform Animation from BetterExplained.com
Go here to learn more: http://tinyurl.com/ca86zxd


Many of the backgrounds in this video were made available free of charge by the owners, and this project would not be possible without their generosity. In order of appearance, here are the creators and links to the background loops.

Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

Jeffrey Beach (Beachfront Productions) - https://archive.org/details/SatelliteDishHdr

Ignite Motion - http://www.ignitemotion.com/video_background/gears_spin02/wG3VdxXPwdQ

JasonHise https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:8-cell-simple.gif

Ignite Motion - http://www.ignitemotion.com/video_background/fluidLightcore/xq2kVyaUuTk

Ignite Motion - http://www.ignitemotion.com/video_background/Count_Animation/pVdXHcYkTC8

Jock Cooper http://www.fractal-recursions.com/

All Mac Wallpaper - http://tinyurl.com/pdg355r

Wallpoper - http://tinyurl.com/p9z3vsc

PearTreePictures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3MobrFby8w

Footage Island https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OItNWIiliXk&list=PLATioaLVjbpamxVS5ir59BI2kKs6uyYjE&index=1

Footage Island https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkOt2nrlmGY

Footage Island https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrmYJRd29zc

BackgroundsLoops https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui4jXRlkpr0

Footage Island https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp_E4Axn2k0&list=PLATioaLVjbpamxVS5ir59BI2kKs6uyYjE&index=4

99 Dark Shadows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCPsszfQpCM

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