Algebra II Syllabus

TEXT: Larson Algebra II; Holt McDougal

Major Concepts/Content:

Algebra II is intended to solidify the  foundation for all higher math classes. This course will briefly review the concepts of Algebra 1 and then to develop and expand these concepts into a full body of algebraic tools.  There will be an

in-depth study of quadratic equations,, matrices, polynomial and rational  functions, and conic sections. ,

Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities include teaching students to plan, organize, and complete various activities using as many real-world models as possible . This course involves inductive reasoning, extended projects, classroom presentations by students, open-ended investigations, and written justification by students of the solution to the problems. Cooperative learning techniques and appropriate technology should be utilized throughout the course. Students will  have access to graphing calculators as needed.

Major Evaluative Techniques: Many evaluative processes will be used to assess student’s written and oral work.  These include but are not limited to multiple-choice, short-answer, discussion, or open-ended questions; homework; projects; and class presentations. Students will also be required to successfully complete written tests, which present problems with a range of difficulty based upon expectations for the course.  Testing formats will include restricted time tests, and take-home tests.  Assessment methods can be supplemented by student-produced analysis of problem situations, solutions to problems, and reports on investigation.  Students will be provided the opportunity to do chapter projects that capture the concepts and skills presented throughout the chapter unit that emphasizes real world situations.

SAT Review:  Students will be presented with SAT review problems to help prepare them for college placement.

Essential Expectations: Upon successful completion of Geometry, the student should be deal with problems relating to the following :

  • Functions

  • Linear and quadratic equations

  • Polynomial and rational functions

  • Exponents

  • Logarithms

  • Matricies

  • Radicals

  • Imaginary and Complex Numbers

  • Conic sections

  • Triigonometric rations and functions

Grading Policy: 90-100: A;  80-89: B; 70-79: C;  60-69: D;  59 or below: F. The lowest grade given for a failing "attempted" assignment is 50.

Weight: Generally homework will only count only about 5 to 10 percent of your grade, classwork about 10 to 20 percent, and tests will make up the following about 75 percent.

Being Successful : There will be at least one quiz given each week in addition to approximately two tests per quarter. If students do poorly on a quiz, they can request a second attempt to obtain a passing grade. The primary goal is to do whatever can be done to enable the student to achieve success.

Homework Policy: Late homework will only be accepted with a valid and substantial excuse from home.

Tardy Policy:  This is a very rigorous course in mathematics, and students are required to be in class, on time and prepared to learn.  Students will be marked tardy if they arrive to class without their textbook, notebook, or pencil.

Basic Rules:  Very simply, be attentive and be courteous. Feel free to hold me to the same standard.  Me as a high school teacher and you as a math student,  know what is acceptable and not acceptable in a classroom.  Let’s have a good year.

Tutoring / Extra Help: All students are encouraged to schedule time for extra help during their seminar period.

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