Algebra II (Offered in 2017-18)
This high school tutorial will build upon topics covered in Algebra I, and will include a study of linear, quadratic, and polynomial equations and functions; rational expressions; irrational and complex numbers; analytic geometry; exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, trigonometry, matrices and determinants, and statistics and probability.
This class is expected to proceed at a good pace, and therefore it is recommended that students taking this course have mastered the concepts of Algebra I to a good degree and have at least encountered the fundamentals of geometry prior to enrolling. It will be important that students understand their need to stay on top of homework assignments in order for them to achieve success in this class.
Course Texts and Materials
Students should have the student edition only of the Foerster’s Algebra and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications, Classics edition (Hardcover), by Prentice Hall.
Publication Date: May 15, 2005 | ISBN-10: 0131657100 | ISBN-13: 978-0131657106
Additional materials needed are as follows:
- A 5-subject spiral-bound notebook, for all notes and homework exercises, preferably with a pocket inside each cover (or a separate 2-pocket portfolio) for keeping the course syllabus handy.
- Loose leaf lined notebook paper for quizzes/tests that will be handed in.
- ¼” Cartesian Graph paper - can be printed for free from: http://donnayoung.org/f13/math-f/graph-paper/30x40.pdf
- Two 2-pocket portfolios: one for storing graded tests and any handouts; the other for storing clean, loose leaf notebook paper on one side and graphing homework with extra sheets of graph paper on the other.
- Scientific calculator (graphing calculator not required). Please be sure student knows how to use his/her calculator before coming to class.
- Pencils with good erasers: all work for homework and tests must be done in pencil!
- Red pen for correcting homework in class.
- [Optional] Blue or black pen for taking notes.
Assessment and Questionnaire
An assessment test of basic math skills and a parent questionnaire are required before students may enter this course.