Algebra 2

Honors Section Available: Yes

Brief Course Description:

Algebra 2 is intended to be a continuation of beginning Algebra. Algebra 2 is composed of three sections—an algebra section, a geometry section, and a trigonometry section.

Course Goals and/or Major Student Outcomes:

This course develops students’ skills in:

  1. Translating word problems into equations.
  2. Performing accurate calculations.
  3. Preparing students to take the next level of math, which is pre-calculus.

Course Objectives:

In the algebra portion of this course, students will master advanced topics in algebra such as functions and graphs, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices and determinants, polynomials, rational expressions, irrational and complex numbers, quadratic functions, and conic sections. In the trigonometry portion of this course, students will gain a basic understanding of trigonometric functions and graphs, trigono­metric identities and equations, proofs, vector operations, and the polar coordinate plane. Throughout the course, students will learn problem solving strategies and will increase their problem-solving and deductive reasoning skills.

Key Assignments:

Student assessment will be made regularly through quizzes and tests provided by the publisher. Student achievement will be assessed by means of a comprehensive exam at the end of the first semester and at the end of the school year.

Prerequisites:

Honors—A grade of B+ or higher (87% or higher) in both Algebra 1 and Geometry and teacher recommendation.

Regular—A grade of C or higher (73.01% or higher) in both Algebra 1 and Geometry. For students transfering to Acaciawood who have used a different text, a grade of C or higher (73.01% or higher) in both Algebra 1 and Geometry and a placement test.

How the honors course is different from the standard course:

Students who elect to take Algebra 2 as an honors course will be required on a daily basis to solve problems of a greater complexity and level of difficulty than students in the regular Algebra 2 course ("C"-level problems in the text). The tests for the honors track will be more rigorous than the regular Algebra 2 tests and will require more in-depth problem solving skills.

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