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Algebra 2 Syllabus

Greenville Senior High School

2011-2012  

Course Description

Algebra 2 course competencies are presented in a traditional one-year setting that meets the South Carolina Algebra 2 standards. The course includes

        ·         the use of symbolic reasoning to represent mathematical situations, to express generalizations, and to study relationships among quantities

        ·         the use of functions to represent and model problem situations, as well as to analyze and interpret relationships

        ·         the setting up of equations in a wide range of situations and the use of a variety of methods to solve the equations

        ·         the use of problem solving, representation, reasoning and proof, language and communication, and connections both within and outside mathematics

 

Textbook

            Holt, Rinehart, and Winston

            Algebra 2

            Harcourt Education Co

            New York, NY

 

Prerequisite Skills

Students should already possess the ability

        ·         to solve simple equations involving the same variable.

        ·         to solve multivariable equations for any variable.

        ·         to add like terms

        ·         to plot coordinate points on a coordinate plane

        ·         to know how to calculate the area and circumference of a circle

        ·         to know how to calculate the area of two dimensional shapes: triangle, square, rectangle, parallelogram, trapezoid, rhombus.

        ·         to know how to calculate the total area and volume of spheres, rectangular solids, cylinders, and pyramids. 

        ·         to know measure distances using a meter stick or tape measure

 

Course Overview

Students should be able to

        ·         complete operations involving numbers, variables, matrices, rational expressions and functions

        ·         solve systems of equality and inequality

        ·         solve linear and nonlinear systems

        ·         solve quadratic functions by graphing, completing the square, and the quadratic       formula

        ·         solve real life problems using exponential functions and logarithmic functions

        ·         solve polynomial equations and find zeroes of polynomial functions

        ·         solve rational equations and inequalities

        ·         simplify rational expressions

        ·         graph conic sections

        ·         simplify arithmetic and geometric sequences and series

 

Grades

            Tests 60%

            Quiz 20%

            Homework 20%

 

Success in Algebra 2

            ·         The first key to success in Algebra 2 is to never fall behind.  Ask questions in class, after class, from a teacher or friend.

            ·         The second key to success in Algebra 2 is once the material is understood, review the material as often as needed in order for the student to retain the understanding.

 

Extra Help

It is the responsibility of the student to ask questions and to seek help as needed.  Extra help will be available when asked.

 

Progress Report Dates

            Progress reports will be given out on the following dates:

                ·         September 19

                ·         November 28

                ·         February 15

                ·         April 30

 

Report Card Dates

            Report Cards will be given out on the following dates:

                ·         October 31

                ·         January 19

                ·         March 27

                ·       June 4

 

Exams

         Each exam will count 20% of the semester grade.

 

Classroom Expectations

    Students are expected to

                ·         Be in their desk when the tardy bell rings

                ·         Remain in your desk during class unless permission is given otherwise.

                ·         Be courteous at all times

                ·         To come prepared each day with book, paper and pencil

    Failure to comply with the expectations will have the following results

                ·         First offense: warning

                ·         Second offense: detention

                ·         Third offense: parental contact

                ·         Fourth offense: referral

                ·         Fifth offense:  Principal conference with student and parent.

 

Grading Scale

 

Letter

GCSD Grading System

A

93-100

B

85-92

C

77-84

D

70-76

F

69 or below

 

 

Algebra 2 Standards

            Standard IA-1:  The student will understand and utilize the mathematical processes of problem solving, reasoning, and proof, communication, connections, and representation.

            Standard IA-2:  The student will demonstrate through the mathematical processes an understanding of functions, systems of equations, and systems of linear inequalities

            Standard IA-3:  The student will demonstrate through the mathematical processes an understanding of quadratic equations and the complex number system.

            Standard IA-4:  The student will demonstrate through the mathematical processes an understanding of algebraic expressions and nonlinear functions.

            Standard IA-5:  The student will demonstrate through the mathematical processes an understanding of conic sections.

            Standard IA-6:  The student will demonstrate through the mathematical processes an understanding of sequences and series.