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Honors 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.

  • Students will learn to use technology to help experiment, solve problems, interpret results and support conclusions. We will use graphing calculators, Desmos (an online graphing program) and many other resources available through your online textbook towards this end.

  • Students will learn problem-solving 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


  • Students must have successfully completed the equivalent of Algebra 1.

  • Students must 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

  • Are you ready? Take a Self-Assessment Test.


Course Details

  • Honors Algebra 2 classes will be held on Monday and Friday from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern.

  • All classes will be recorded, so students have the option to participate live or watch the recorded videos. 

  • Please see the FAQ for class dates/breaks.

  • This class is a-g approved in CA if taken through Sky Mountain, Inspire, Ocean Grove, or South Sutter.

Instructor Demo​

  • See a Zoom Demo where 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:

  • Intermediate Algebra, 5th edition, by Ron Larson; eBook and homework through WebAssign;  ($35 purchase coordinated through instructor), ISBN: 978-0547102177.

  • Look inside: sample pages

  • A free print edition of the textbook is provided through Blue Tent OnLoan.



  • TI-84 series or

  • The graphing calculator you have used for high school math is probably fine. 


Web Resources:


Technical resources:

We use ZOOM for live meetings. U.S. and international students need:

  • An internet connection

  • A computer with a web-cam

  • Recommended: a headset with a microphone (but your built-in computer audio and microphone will work if necessary)

  • Students will be emailed a link prior to each live class to join the ZOOM session.


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