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Algebra 2 Honors Syllabus                                                

Suzanne Linderman                         
Room B-215
School Phone: 864-355-6569            
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I. Course Description and Prerequisites
Algebra II consists of an in-depth study of functions, patterns, relations, and concepts of number systems. The functions studied will include linear, quadratic, exponential, absolute value, radical, and rational. Quadratic Relations (conic sections) will also be addressed. Several topics which are introduced in Algebra I are expanded and explored more thoroughly in Algebra II. 

II. Instructional Philosophy
Education plays a vital role in the learning process.  Learning is an ability that everyone possesses, and is something we all do in some form every day.  My job, as a teacher in the education system, is to prepare students for the future, by offering them knowledge and understanding of the material that I teach.  Through encouragement, motivation, and patience everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

III. Textbook Requirement
All students are to check out a textbook for educational use.  Unless instructed by the teacher, students are not required to bring their Algebra II textbook to class every day.  However, they will be required to use it on a daily basis for homework.

Carter, J.A., Cuevas, G.J., Day, R., Malloy, C., Holliday, B., & Casey, R. (2012), Algebra 2. (1 ed.). Columbus, OH: McGraw Hill.  Retrieved from http;//

IV. Required Materials
Students should have the following materials on their desk everyday.
Pencil or pen
● Spiral notebook or binder with loose leaf paper     
● Calculator: TI-30XIIS (scientific) OR TI-83+ / TI-84+ (graphing)

V. Expectations and Rules for Student Behavior
·    Students are expected to assume responsibility for getting any materials and/or assignments missed due to an absence.  Make up tests and quizzes will only be administrated before or after school. 
·    Students are expected to come to class prepared. 
·    Students should see me immediately for extra help if needed. 
·    Follow the teacher’s instructions at all times.
·    Homework will be assigned almost every day, and will be graded upon attempt/completion, not upon correct  answers. All work must be shown to receive any credit.
·    Follow all the school rules listed in the Mauldin High School student handbook.

VI. Consequences
            1st Offense:                 Warning
            2nd Offense:                 Parent Contact
            3rd Offense:                 Teacher Detention
            4th Offense:                 Office Referral

VII. Assessment and Grading
Homework:     10%                 Quizzes:     30%                      Tests/Projects:     60%

VIII. Teacher and Parent Communication
Parents should feel free to contact me anytime by phone or email, if they have any questions or concerns. I also encourage parents to utilize the parent portal and my teacher website. 

IX. Course Goals/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 understanding of sequences & series.

X. Units of Study

Chapter 1: Equations and Inequalities

  1. Expressions and Formulas
  2. Properties of Real Numbers
  3. Solving Equations
  4. Solving Absolute Value Equations
  5. Solving Compound and Absolute Value Inequalities

Unit 2: Linear Relations and Functions

  1. Relations and Functions
  2. Linear Relations and Functions
  3. Rate of Change and Slope
  4. Writing Linear Equations
  5. Scatter Plots and Lines of Regression

Unit 3: Linear Relations and Functions

  1. Special Functions
  2. Parent Functions and Transformations

Unit 4: Systems of Equations and Inequalities

  1. Solving Systems of Equations
  2. Solving Systems of Inequalities by Graphing
  3. Optimization with Linear Programming
  4. Systems of Equations in Three Variables

Unit 5: Quadratic Functions and Relations

  1. Graphing Quadratic Functions
  2. Solving Quadratics by Factoring

Unit 6: Quadratic Functions and Relations

  1. Complex Numbers
  2. Completing the Square
  3. The Quadratic Formula and the Discriminant

Unit 7: Polynomials and Polynomial Functions

  1. Dividing Polynomials
  2. Polynomial Functions
  3. Analyzing Graphs of Polynomial Functions
  4. The Remainder and Factor Theorems

Unit 8: Polynomials and Polynomial Functions

  1. Rational Zero Theorem

Unit 9: Inverse Functions and Rational Functions

  1. Operations on Functions
  2. Inverse Functions and Relations
  3. Graphing Rational Functions

Unit 10: Radical Functions and Relations

  1. Nth Root
  2. Operations with Radical Expressions
  3. Rational Exponents
  4. Solving Radical Equations and Inequalities

Unit 11: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions and Relations

  1. Graphing Exponential Functions
  2. Solving Exponential Functions
  3. Logarithms and Logarithmic Fuctions

Unit 12: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions and Relations

  1. Solving Logarithmic Equations
  2. Properties of Logarithms
  3. Common Logarithms
  4. Base e and Natural Logarithms
  5. Using Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Unit 13: Rational Functions and Relations

  1. Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
  2. Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
  3. Solving Rational Equations and Inequalities

Unit 14: Conic Sections

  1. Parabolas
  2. Circles
  3. Ellipses
  4. Hyperbolas
  5. Identifying Conic Sections

Unit 15: Sequences and Series

  1. Sequences as Functions
  2. Arithmetic Sequences and Series
  3. Geometric Sequences and Series
  4. Infinite Geometric Series

***This syllabus is subject to change in order to meet the needs of the students.