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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 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

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 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.

Course Resources

Textbook and Homework

Web Resources

  • Glencoe digital companion to Algebra 2 text (ebook & web resources--cost included in tuition) 

  • Geogebra 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 TI-84 series. 

 

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 (a built-in computer microphone will work if needed)

 

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