Algebra II

Course Description

This full-year course focuses on four critical areas of Algebra II: functions, polynomials, periodi phenomena, and collecting and analyzing data. Students will make connections between verbal, numeric, algebraic, and graphical representations of functions and apply this knowledge as they create equations and inequalities that can be used to model and solve mathematical and real-world problems. As students refine and expand their algebraic skills, they will draw analogies between the operations and field properties of real numbers and those of complex numbers and algebraic expressions. Practice standards and mathematical habits of mind are embedded throughout the course, as students solve novel problems, reason abstractly, and think critically.
This course is aligned with the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and other College and Career
Readiness standards.

Units of Study

  • Relationships between Quantities
  • Quadratics and Complex Numbers
  • Polynomials
  • Rational Functions
  • Radical Functions
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Trigonometric Functions
  • Mathematical Modeling

Course Features

  • To promote inquiry and a focus on big ideas, every lesson includes a guiding lesson question.
  • The course includes an abundance of rich graphics, charts, diagrams, animations, and
    simulations, which help students relate to and visualize the content. Dynamic interactive activities are embedded within lessons that allow students to manipulate parameters of a graph.
  • To address statistics standards, students will engage in a number of simulations that allow them to explore concepts visually with dynamic charts.
  • Performance tasks allow students to demonstrate understanding with meaningful, real-world applications.
  • Solve and Write assignments extend concepts and allow students to apply their learning in
    new ways with ample opportunity to justify their thinking.
  • Students in this course will have access to a number of tools such as a graphing calculator, a statistics calculator, a regression calculator, and an interactive standard normal table.
  • The graphing calculator is dynamic and allows for adjustable parameters. A hover
    feature also allows students to analyze and identify key properties of the graph(s).
  • The statistics calculator is also a dynamic tool that automatically updates as data is
    entered, calculates statistics, and graphs the data set.
  • The regression calculator performs multiple types of regression analyses,
    automatically updates, and has a built-in scaling feature.
  • The interactive standard normal table is used in many statistics lessons, providing
    a meaningful graphical representation of normalized data.

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