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January 17, 2009 10:01 AM   Subscribe

Division: Work it out! - these girls be spittin the math.
posted by madamjujujive (40 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
What does conjunction junction have to do with math?
posted by mannequito at 10:07 AM on January 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


I approve of the Larry Bird jersey.

the math rap that gave me an aneurysm, not so much.
posted by clearly at 10:09 AM on January 17, 2009


What does conjunction junction have to do with math?
It rhymes with function. I believe "spackle" is in there for somewhat similar reasons.
posted by Wolfdog at 10:10 AM on January 17, 2009


The difference between introverted and extroverted mathematicians: An introvert mathematician looks at her shoes while talking to you. An extrovert mathematician raps about it. Yo.
posted by netbros at 10:11 AM on January 17, 2009 [3 favorites]


Yo comments are whack!
posted by stavrogin at 10:11 AM on January 17, 2009 [6 favorites]


Conjunction [dis]junction?
posted by topynate at 10:13 AM on January 17, 2009


Notorious B.E.D.M.A.S
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:21 AM on January 17, 2009


conjunction junction...

Ah, School House Rock by the lovely Miss Varla Jean Merman.
posted by ericb at 10:21 AM on January 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


Now that's edutainment! And awesome!
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 10:24 AM on January 17, 2009


I never knew there were so many high school kids parodying rap songs to be about math.

Watch me crank that sigma boi and Substitute dat ho
posted by piratebowling at 10:29 AM on January 17, 2009


What does conjunction junction have to do with math?

Don't try to make sense of hip-hop.

They're actually trying teach by employing a "genre" that celebrates stupidity.
posted by Zambrano at 10:31 AM on January 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


See also: Pretty girl who takes math seriously
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 10:36 AM on January 17, 2009


They're actually trying teach by employing a "genre" that celebrates stupidity.

This from the guy who has made multiple comments about LOLcats being racist?

Also, not all hip-hop celebrates stupidity and thugishness, not by a long shot, this guy being the classic example.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 10:37 AM on January 17, 2009 [6 favorites]


Are these really high school students? I think they're college students. And I hope they wrote and conceived and produced this whole thing and aren't being used just 'cuz it's funnier. Girls and hip hop and math. What a joke. That being said, it's done pretty well, although I don't think they were joking about the holy ghost.
posted by theefixedstars at 10:47 AM on January 17, 2009


I don't mind the rappin'. Its just that I hate the "I'm hardcore" attitude that the rappers
portray. Like theyz bad-asses or sumptin'.
posted by doctorschlock at 10:50 AM on January 17, 2009


Oh, they're at least playigng high school students, I know that.
posted by theefixedstars at 10:50 AM on January 17, 2009


I can't get over the Bird jersey. Do teenagers even know who Larry Bird was? Or did they borrow it from someone's dad because they needed another jersey?
posted by Mayor Curley at 10:54 AM on January 17, 2009


Really, this is pretty terrible. I got about 45 seconds into it and there wasn't a single mathematics in-joke. I had to close it and then write a comment about how bad it was.
posted by jeffamaphone at 10:59 AM on January 17, 2009


Counterpoint
posted by aubilenon at 11:00 AM on January 17, 2009


There is a lot of this kind of thing on YouTube, and most of it just relies on the supposed incongruity of having some math or science terms in a rap song to provide all the "humor", which is kind of a pity. On the other hand, it's some kids having fun and goofing off creatively and pushing up your spectacles to deliver a scathing criticism of its artistic merits on various counts seems to be sort of unnecessary.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:13 AM on January 17, 2009


On a more serious note, here's a 90 minute series on the consequences of exponential growth:

Part 1/8
Part 2/8
Part 3/8
Part 4/8
Part 5/8
Part 6/8
Part 7/8
Part 8/8

Executive summary: 70% growth per year means doubling in one year (approximately ln(2)). Divide your growth rate into 70 to find the time to double. So 10% growth means doubling in 7 years. Etc. What's really interesting is that in that doubling time, an amount equal to all preceding usage is used up.
posted by Araucaria at 11:18 AM on January 17, 2009


What does conjunction junction have to do with math?
Boolean logic.
posted by Flunkie at 11:20 AM on January 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


Does anybody have an mp3 of MC Paul Barman doing MC Fibonacci Sequences vs. The Interrupting Rapper? 'Cause that would be dope! Seems like that dude's been spittin' the math-rap since all these kids were in diapers.
posted by jonp72 at 11:22 AM on January 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yo comments are whack!
posted by stavrogin at 10:11 AM on January 17


Grammar rap is way better than math rap.
SO IT IS WRITTEN.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:33 AM on January 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


This is a silly exercise; everyone knows that girls can't do math!* Now here are some nice prep school boys doing their hit, "Math Math Baby."

*This is a joke. If there was a problem, yo, I'll solve it. Check out my work while my teacher resolves it.
posted by not_on_display at 11:46 AM on January 17, 2009


I suspect many of the videos we see on Youtube come from classrooms where the teachers are looking at research into digital video in education. A professor I used to work with when I was a grad student works extensively with DV in city schools (not a self link, but I know the people behind that project). While you may not like the video, what goes into production of these videos is pretty cool, and educationally valuable. Students can reach really deep understandings of concepts and connections and really situate knowledge for later use.
posted by oflinkey at 12:01 PM on January 17, 2009 [3 favorites]


This is why rap is dead.

which is fine.
posted by longsleeves at 12:04 PM on January 17, 2009


What you know about math?

NERDCORE 4 LIFE!
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:10 PM on January 17, 2009


Droppin and situatin knowledge for later use yall
posted by naju at 12:24 PM on January 17, 2009


Wow these are weak. The first woman wasn't horrid though.
posted by cashman at 12:55 PM on January 17, 2009


I'd composite
posted by found missing at 1:04 PM on January 17, 2009


Damnit, you just reset the co2ter counter.
posted by cashman at 1:08 PM on January 17, 2009


I haven't seen/heard anything that irritating in quite a while.
posted by Clave at 5:21 PM on January 17, 2009


...there wasn't a single mathematics in-joke...

I didn't hear any either (although some of the bio stuff at the end could have had one) but at least they used the terms correctly. It wasn't just thrown in there.

I believe "spackle" is in there for somewhat similar reasons.

Some people aren't listening very closely. The line was something like "fillin' you in like I was packin' spackle". That's a great image with two internal rhymes and perfect meter.
posted by DU at 6:19 PM on January 17, 2009


gah
posted by surlycat at 11:31 PM on January 17, 2009


Did I really just read more than 0 comments using this YouTube Math Rap video to bash hip-hop?
posted by jckll at 11:37 PM on January 17, 2009


Don't try to make sense of hip-hop.

They're actually trying teach by employing a "genre" that celebrates stupidity.


You're adorable.
posted by regicide is good for you at 12:26 AM on January 18, 2009


Really, this is pretty terrible. I got about 45 seconds into it and there wasn't a single mathematics in-joke.

I agree. The original video sucked balls. I stopped watching after about that point as well.

This is primarily because academic rap only works when you actually know what the fuck you're talking about.

You gotta keep it real, and spit what you know. And I really don't think these chicks can pass Algebra II, let alone educate me about it or amuse me with it.
posted by Netzapper at 2:46 AM on January 18, 2009 [2 favorites]


Some people aren't listening very closely.
Don't tell me I'm not listening closely. I said it's there (1) because it rhymes, (2) not because it's intrinsically related to math. Which part of that are you refuting, exactly?
posted by Wolfdog at 6:15 AM on January 18, 2009


Students can reach really deep understandings of concepts and connections and really situate knowledge for later use.

It's called building background knowledge and I, as a math teacher, welcome any sparse-with-the-math-vocabulary creation that makes it cool to be a nerd.
posted by blessedlyndie at 1:34 AM on January 19, 2009


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