Algebra 2
The Fine Print
Course Goals

To offer a multifaceted approach to algebra: students will learn to express concepts, results and problems graphically, numerically, analytically and verbally

To use technology to help experiment, solve problems, interpret results, and support conclusions

To learn to efficiently use a graphing calculator

To learn problemsolving techniques that will maximize computational efficiency while minimizing computational errors
The course will cover the following topics:

Matrices, determinants and linear systems

Adding, subtracting and multiplying polynomials

Solving polynomial equations by factoring

Radical expressions and equations

Solving and applying quadratic equations

Exponential and logarithmic equations

Solving nonlinear systems of equations

Sequences and series

Data analysis, probability, and statistics
Prerequisites

Students must have successfully completed the equivalent of Algebra 1.

Students should be:

Familiar with the real number system, order of operations, and properties of real numbers

Familiar with the writing and evaluating of algebraic expressions

Able to solve linear equations, and equations and inequalities in two variables

Familiar with exponents, monomials and polynomials, rational expressions and equations

Able to factor and solve systems of linear equations and inequalities

Able to solve and graph linear and quadratic equations

Course Details

Please see the FAQ for class days/times/breaks.

Please see the FAQ for CA homeschool charters that designate this class as ag approved.
Instructor Demo

ZOOM Demo: Lindsey Thompson demonstrates her instructional approach and previews some of the technology resources that she and students will be using in the class.
Course Resources
Textbook and Homework

Glencoe Algebra 2, 2018 edition, McGraw Hill

New hardback textbook loaned free through Blue Tent OnLoan.
Web Resources

Glencoe digital companion to Algebra 2 text (ebook & web resourcescost included in tuition)

Geogebra – a free application for students to visualize 2D and 3D geometric shapes and their properties

IXL  an online practice and diagnostic app (cost is included in tuition)

Desmos.com – a free online graphing program
Calculator

A graphing calculator will be needed.
 If students plan to purchase a graphing calculator, we recommend the TI84 series.
Technical Resources
We use ZOOM for live meetings. U.S. and international students need:

A reliable internet connection

A computer with a webcam

Recommended: a headset with a microphone (a builtin computer microphone will work if needed)