## 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 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

• 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 Self-Assessment Test.

Course Details

• Please see the FAQ for class dates/breaks.

• Please see the FAQ for charters that designate this class as a-g 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.

## Textbook and Homework

• Algebra 2, McGraw Hill

• A free print edition of the text is loaned through

Calculator

• A graphing calculator

• ​Look HERE to determine if your current calculator will work.
• If students plan to purchase a graphing calculator, we recommend the TI-84 series.

Web Resources

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

• Desmos.com – a free online graphing program

## Technical Resources

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

• A reliable 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)

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