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 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 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 SelfAssessment Test.
Course Details

Honors Algebra 2 classes will be held on Monday and Friday from 12:001:00 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 ag 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: 9780547102177.

Look inside: sample pages

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

TI84 series or

The graphing calculator you have used for high school math is probably fine.
Web Resources:

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

Desmos.com – a free online graphing calculator program
Technical resources:
We use ZOOM for live meetings. U.S. and international students need:

An internet connection

A computer with a webcam

Recommended: a headset with a microphone (but your builtin computer audio and microphone will work if necessary)

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