• Algebra II  (updated 8-27-19)


    Course Description

        This course is a continuation of algebraic and geometric concepts developed in Algebra I and Geometry.  Students will review solving equations, inequalities, and graphing functions.  The students will continue their foundation of functions, use symbol and manipulation to simplify and solve, connect algebra and geometry, study conic sections, work different methods for solving system of equations, quadratic, square root, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions.  Students will continue to build on this foundation as they expand their understanding through other mathematical experiences.

        Algebra is the branch of mathematics in which symbols representing numbers are combined according to the rules of arithmetic.  Algebra is the study of patterns and functions.   Algebra teaches students to think logically in order to solve problems.  

        This course fits into an overall program of mathematics studies with a rigorous academic core by extending what students have learned in the introductory-level mathematics courses as well as introducing more advanced topics.  These advanced topics include understanding equations and inequalities, functions, systems of equations, exponents, polynomials, quadratics, factoring, exponentials, and data analysis. 


    Instruction Philosophy

    This course introduces students to key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for further study in mathematics (Trigonometry and Calculus) and increases student’s mathematical literacy, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.   The problem solving and critical thinking skills that students learn in Algebra II are valuable tools that can be taken and applied in other disciplines.


    The kind of learning activities in which students will engage include individual work, cooperative group exploration, and partner collaboration.  All of which are designed to help students understand and explain the key concepts presented in this course, incorporating mathematical reasoning, analysis, communication skills, and real world applications.  Students will learn and apply the principals of Algebra II while employing 21st Century Skills including creativity/innovation, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making.   Students will participate in class discussion with open-ended problem solving.     MATH is learned by DOING MATH!



    Teacher Area of Focus:   Word (Application) Problems.  Why?  You all communicate with words.   Words matter.   Word Problems teach critical thinking.   


    Course Topics: Foundations for Functions, Quadratic Functions, Polynomial Functions, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Rational and Radical Functions, Properties and Attributes of Functions, Sequences and Series, Intro to Trigonometric Functions, Probability, Data Analysis and Statistics


    Course Goals


    Major Assignments/Projects

    • Practice Problems assigned on a daily basic – collected as a packet at the end of the chapter
    • Quizzes will be given throughout each chapter
    • Chapter Reviews prior to a test
    • Chapter Test
    • Individual and/or Group Projects
    • A cumulative exam will be given at the end of each semester.


    Four Keys to Success

    1. Stay engaged in class
    2. Do your best on the practice problems
    3. Show your work
    4. Ask questions


    Course Assessment/Grading Plan:  Both formative and summative assessments will be used to evaluate student performance.  Formative assessments will consist of daily verbal feedback, exit tickets, practice problems, chapter reviews, and quiz evaluations.  Summative assessments chapter test, projects, and semester exams. 


    Breakdown of Grades:

    Assignments (Projects, Practice Problems – checked daily) -- 15%

    Assessments (Quizzes, Test, Final) – 85%


    Course Grades:







    93 – 100%

    90 – 92%

    Consistently demonstrates an advanced level of quality: thorough, extensive, and complete.  Shows mastery in evaluating, synthesizing, and applying mathematical principals.




    87 – 89 %

    83 – 86 %

    80 – 82 %

    Consistently demonstrates a proficient level of quality.  Characterized by analysis and application of mathematical principals.




    77 – 79 %

    73 – 77 %

    70 – 72 %

    Demonstrates a basic level of quality.  Shows a recognition and comprehension of mathematical principals.  All components of the work are complete.



    67 – 69%

    60 – 66%

    The work is below basic with limited understanding or comprehension of mathematical principals.  Some components of the work may be incomplete or poor quality.


    Less than 60%

    The work is below basic with little understanding or comprehension of mathematical principals.  Work is of poor quality or incomplete.


    Test Retake Policy:

    Students who make below a 70% on a test may retake a similar test one time. 


    Prior to retaking the test, the student must :

    1.  complete all assignments from that unit 
    2. Edit (correct) all mistakes from the first test using a provided edit sheet


    The retake must be complete prior to the next unit test.  The max score on a test retake is 70%.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the retake.  There are no retakes on final exams.


     Classroom Procedures

     Additional Instruction Hours (no appointment needed but always a good idea to make sure I don't have a meeting):


    Mon – Fri: 8:10 - 8:40 AM

    Mon- Thur: 3:10 - 3:40  PM (During BHS Baseball season I am unavailable after school.)


    Chapter Packets

    1. Include all the assignments and warm ups for the unit/chapter
    2. Put all the warm ups first followed by the assignments.
    3. All warm ups and assignments should be clearly labeled with the correct number
    4. Packets are due the first class after the unit test. Come to that class with the packet ready to be turned in. 
    5. I will provide a cover sheet for the packet. Student must fill out the cover sheet (self-evaluation).
    6. Chapter Packets are worth 100 points and go into the assignment category which is 15% of your grade.
    7. Packets may be turned in late. For every class late I will drop 5 points down to 50 points. 
    8. There is NO turn in of individual assignments or warm ups.
    9. I will keep the cover sheet.


    Assignments:   All assignments are posted to Google Classroom.   I do not post assignments to School Wires.  


    Textbooks:   Online at My HRW.    HRW online, in addition to the textbook, has tutorials and interactive practice problems.   Access by signing into your frogrock account and then clicking on    www.bisd303.org/holt


    Course materials – pencils, eraser, loose leaf paper, graphing paper, three ring binder, graphing calculator:  (TI-83 Plus or higher is required. If looking to purchase, a TI-84 Plus CE is highly recommended.) The library has calculators student can check out.


    Electronic Devices (Bainbridge High School Policy)

    Cellular phones, MP3 players, and/or other electronic devices are not to be used during class time.  Cell Phones will be stored in the cell phone holder during class.  Students using phones for unauthorized reasons will have their phones confiscated. 


    Seating:   We will utilize a seating chart selected randomly.  We will sit in groups of three.  We will change seats randomly every class.           


    I will update this syllabus as needed.