Algebra II
Saxon Algebra II: 1st Edition
By: Saxon Publishers
ISBN-13: 978-1602773035
Year 2015-2016

Joaquin A. Rangel
Phone: (832)746-8201
The best way to contact me is through email. The student may also call me anytime between 5pm-9pm Mon.-Thurs., Friday 2pm-5pm, Saturday 1pm-3pm, and Sunday 8-10pm. If I miss your call please leave a voicemail or I will assume you figured it out yourself.

About me: “The Way You Do Anything Is The Way You do Everything” -Lauraism
I am an Alumni of the Chinquapin Class of ‘07. I came to Chinquapin in the 7th grade. I got a degree in Electrical Power Engineering Technology from the University of Houston. My favorite sport is Soccer but I’m a big fan of all sports. I also like to read random articles about science, technology, and health.

Course Description:
Algebra II is a continuation of the building concepts from Algebra I and Geometry it is an essential and required course for the enhancement of your math skills. This course emphasizes building the foundation and further understanding of the relationship between algebraic and geometry concepts using critical thinking and reasoning. Students will learn different topics which include but not limited:
(1) relationship between functions, equations, and graph/tables
(2) polynomials and rational functions
(3) exponential and logarithmic functions
(4) square root and quadratic functions
(5) conic sections
(6) underlying mathematical process and understanding those relationships.

Students will have to work individually and in groups to develop both independent and teamwork problem solving skills. This will be a positive learning environment where everyone helps each other understand the material and creates a comfortable atmosphere for asking questions.

Supplies: Pencil, paper, and scientific calculator


In the classroom we will have great respect for each other (treat others as you would like to be treated), you will come ready to learn (notes out and homework on top of your desk), encourage your peers in a positive manner, and we will have a friendly and helpful environment.

Raise your hand to say or do something
Do not talk while I am instructing the class
No eating or drinking in class, (except a bottle of water)
No cell phone use during class (not even as a calculator or “research”)

School Policies: Follow Student Handbook policies at all times.

Cheating: Cheating: If it looks like cheating it will be considered cheating. You may work in groups but you can’t just copy work and someone can’t just give you answers. You can discuss to develop solutions.

1) Verbal/Gesture Warning
2) Private conversation during lunch
3) Infraction
4) Note Home
5) Call home
6) Dean/SLC if you get 4-5 infractions depending on severity

Absences: When a student is absent he/she is responsible for the work missed, please follow the syllabus for assignments due.

Late Homework: 10 points off each day it is late.

Quarter Grades:
Exercises: (20%) In class activities/exercises and group work must be completed in class. Homework assigned must be completed before class and will be included in this grade. Problems will primarily be from the textbook but not limited.

Participation: (10%) Come to class prepared and ready to learn. Includes out of class preparation for the class (Next Lesson Reading, videos, practice problems). Following class rules. Contributing to in class discussion for problems presented. Note taking.

Quizzes: (20%) Quizzes will be presented at the beginning of class and will be once a week. These will include 2-5 questions from a lesson already covered and the student will have 10 minutes to complete the quiz from when the tardy bell rings. Quizzes may be announced the day before or be considered a pop quiz.

Test: (50%) Tests will be given about once every two weeks. There will be a short review the day before the test which will include some group workshops to help the student understand and share knowledge of the material. This time will also be used to ask any questions the student may have.

Extra Credit: (Up to 5 points on Test) The student may receive extra credit on test if he/she returns his/her graded test signed and with corrections the following week.

Semester Grade: The semester grade will consist of each quarter weighted at (40%) each with the students’ final exam worth (20%).
Extra Credit: (up to 5 points on Final Exam) Return all your quizzes for the semester in order with corrections.

Text: Prentice Hall Mathematics, Algebra 2

Online Resources: ( This website is full of valuable resources. An online Homework Video Tutorial is available for almost every lesson. If you have questions or need additional help, then watch the tutorials. There are also online quizzes for each chapter, which will serve as helpful study tools for the tests.
Moodle will have Quiz Solutions, HW Solutions, and an Embedded Google Calendar with your HW assignments.

Course Materials Covered (2013-2014):

1. Tools of Algebra

  • Properties of Real Numbers
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Solving Equations
  • Solving Inequalities
  • Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities
  • Probability

2. Functions, Equations, and Graphs

  • Relations and Functions
  • Linear Equations
  • Direct Variation
  • Using Linear Models
  • Absolute Value Functions and Graphs
  • Families of Functions
  • Two-Variable Inequalities

3. Linear Systems

  • Graphing Systems of Equations
  • Solving Systems Algebraically
  • Systems of Inequalities
  • Systems with Three Variables

4. Matrices

  • Organizing Data Into Matrices
  • Adding and Subtracting Matrices
  • Matrix Multiplication
  • 2x2 Matrices, Determinants, and Inverses
  • 3x3 Matrices and Determinants
  • Inverse Matrices and Systems
  • Augmented Matrices and Cramer’s Rule

5. Quadratic Equations and Functions

  • Modeling Data with Quadratic Functions
  • Properties of Parabolas
  • Transforming Parabolas and Vertex Form
  • Factoring Quadratic Expressions
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Completing the Square
  • The Quadratic Formula

6. Polynomials and Polynomial Functions

  • Polynomial Functions
  • Polynomials and Linear Factors
  • Dividing Polynomials
  • Solving Polynomial Equations
  • Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Pascal's Triangle

7. Radical Functions and Rational Exponents

  • Roots and Radical Expressions
  • Multiplying and Dividing Radical Expressions
  • Binomial Radical Expressions
  • Rational Exponents
  • Solving Square Root and Other Radical Equations
  • Function Operations
  • Inverse Relations and Functions
  • Graphing Square Root and Other Radical Functions

8. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

  • Exploring Exponential Models
  • Properties of Exponential Functions
  • Logarithmic Functions as Inverses
  • Properties of Logarithms
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
  • Natural Logarithms

9. Rational Functions

  • Inverse Variation
  • Rational Functions and Their Graphs
  • Rational Expressions
  • Graphing Inverse Variation
  • Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
  • Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
  • Solving Rational Equations
  • Probability of Multiple Events
10. Quadratic Relations
  • Exploring Conic Sections
  • Parabolas
  • Circles
  • Ellipses
  • Hyperbola
  • Translating Conic Sections


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