Math Workshop

Lyrics by Michael Andrejkovics
Sung to the tune of “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

“Hey Mr. A, can we do proof writing?”

I’m gonna write some proofs
Generating new truths from my noggin
I — I — I’m hunting, looking for a proof box
Math is freaking awesome

Walk into the class like what up? You look a bit stuck—
Ahh, I’m just pumped up on some stuff I learned at a workshop
Rappin again — just trying to reach ya
Kids be like, “Damn, that’s a cool math teacher”
Working in Geometry, theorems be surrounding me
Love to solve for x with a proportional — when it’s mean
Find locus of the points — got the fundamental five
Kinda stuck — equidistant from this line and a point
Turns out — that it’s parabolic!
I be marking and plotting it, maybe later start constructin’ it
Turns out it’s expressed as a function of x when solving it
My boy Liam Neeson does
Geometry in Taken 2
Be careful, intersecting circles gonna lead him straight to you
I’mma work in Euclid’s style, I’mma work in Euclid’s style
No for real — everything from postulates I will derive
Congruent triangles and lots of circle theorems
The meaning of constructions and Pythgorean theorem
Started with a chalkboard — now I’m on a Smartboard
Still got some manipulatives — I made out of cardboard
Big rappers may be rollin’ in a Benzo
But Jay Z aint got nothin on my math game — hell no
I can take some old tricks, make ’em cool, teach those
Geometry kids’ll be like, “Aw, he got the proofs yo”


What you know about creating truth from a concept
What you knowin’ about proof by contradiction
well check it, it’s like this, I’m making certain assumptions
Then I’m carefully deducting till I get something from nothin’
Thank your Greek friends for creating logical discussion (thank you)
Cause everyday in class we stuntin’
I’m in the classroom you can find me with the kids
Always see me working hard to try and make ’em think
Perimeter, area, similar figures
We’ll take intrinsic properties of objects and we’ll make some conclusions for ya!
We’re ready anytime to draw some conclusions for ya!
We use a proof box once we prove those conclusions for ya!
They be like, “Hey — Mr. A that’s pretty cool but seriously
When are we ever going to use this?”
Mathematic knowledge is more than simple addition
Problem solving, with precision making arguments I’m telling you this
Without math you’ll get swindled and tricked
Without math get fooled by statistics
Yeah. math is pretty tough —
But I’m putting you all on notice — if you tell me you can’t do it I’mma call your bluff
Neo found out when he went to see the Oracle
Understand the world without math? Man, you hella won’t
Man, you hella won’t

“Mr. A, it’s proofing time.”

I’m gonna write some proofs
Generating new truths from my noggin
I — I — I’m hunting, looking for a proof box
Math is freaking awesome