# Problem Set

Released May 10, 2016

This song was performed as part of my songwriting class this semester. A big thanks to Ming for playing the electric guitar.

You would not believe how many performers I tried to help me perform this song. I asked around 5-10 different people, and by the end, I still had to learn an entirely new instrument for it, the drum set.

Lyrics:

Add x and five, square both sides

Integrate then multiply

pi over square root of three

Don't forget to add the C

Green and Stokes theorems are nice

Calculate the volume thrice

Parametrization L

Vector cross products are hell

You I've worked on for five hours; It's time that you are done

An all out battle of huge proportions and yet no side has won

I can feel my mind slipping into the void

And there's not much time before it gets destroyed

These answers are so wrong

But I must keep moving on

One plus one is two, and two plus two is four

but don't ask any more; I don't know

But if this set is late, then my grade won't be great

and if I do that bad I won't pass

And I thought I was good at math,

But apparently I'm not.

As the problem set does nothing more

Than make my brain rot.

I'm not designed to be a machine cranking out numbers

Flawless arithmetic perfection without any errors

But even one small tiny mistake

Is enough to put my grade at stake

And I want to get this right

But the answers aren't in sight

One plus one is two, and two plus two is four

but don't ask any more; I don't know

My answer's always wrong; my confidence is gone

and I've unlearned everything that I knew

And I once thought that math was fun

But now it's a nightmare

Every concept new is going to screw me

Now I just don't care.

One plus one is two, and two plus two is four and

four plus four is eight and eight plus eight is sixteen

Problem set oh why so hard

This time you have gone too far

Never before have you taken

So much time for completion

One plus one is two, and two plus two is four and

four plus four is eight and eight plus eight is sixteen

Linear combination

three by three row reduction

square triangle echelon

matrix multiplication

abstract vector space v

with basis dimension three

maybe you can start to see

why math might be killing me

Why else would math be a four letter word?