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Algebra II students will build on the knowledge and skills for mathematics in Kindergarten-Grade 8 and Algebra I. Students will broaden their knowledge of quadratic functions, exponential functions, and systems of equations. Students will study logarithmic, square root, cubic, cube root, absolute value, rational functions, and their related equations. Students will connect functions to their inverses and associated equations and solutions in both mathematical and real-world situations. In addition, students will extend their knowledge of data analysis and numeric and algebraic methods.

The topics covered include:
1. Analyzing Functions
2. Absolute Value Functions, Equations and Inequalities
3. Systems of Equations and Inequalities
4. Polynomial Functions and Equations
5. Polynomials and Factoring
6. Quadratic functions and Equations
7. Square Root Functions and Equations
8. Rational Functions and Equations
9. Exponential Functions and Equations
10. Logarithm Functions and Equations

To understand the information it is necessary to continuously practice your skills. Mathematics is not a course one can learn by simply observing the teacher. Each student must willingly invest the time and effort needed to understand the material and do assigned exercises for skill development. Some hints for success in a Math class include: attending class daily, asking questions in class, and thoroughly completing all homework problems with detailed solutions as soon as possible after each class session.

Students are expected to bring a pencil, eraser, notebook, and loose leaf paper with them to class each day. The use of a graphing calculator is required, and a classroom set is provided to students while in school. All work must be completed in pencil – I will not grade papers that are done in ink or marker. Students will not be allowed to leave class to retrieve items they should have brought to class – class time is important.

Notetaking:. Notes should be taken daily. You will need a binder or spiral notebook to maintain your notes.

Daily grades: Quizzes, Assignments - 60%
Major grades: Tests, projects – 40%
Semester exam: 15%

Homework will be checked daily and graded. Full credit is given if the student attempts every problem and shows all work. No credit will be given for just the answer!

Student Responsibilites:
• Come to class with a smile and a good attitude
• Be on time and prepared for class. This means that students are to be at their desk working on their warm-up when the class starts
• Students will not be allowed to leave the room for any reason. Go to the restroom before coming to class.
• Participate in class activities until dismissed by the teacher. Arrange to make up missed work the first day back from an absence. Borrow and copy any notes that were missed.
• During teacher directed instruction: Pay Attention. In other words, do not talk, sleep, horse around, get up from your desk or do homework from another class while I am teaching the lesson.
• During independent work time – Work Responsibly. In other words, follow directions the first time, use inside voice as you help each other and walk to designated areas-no running or out of seat without legitimate reason.
• Cell Phones – I will take it up and you can get it from the office. I encourage parents not to text your student during class periods. If you must contact them, please wait until lunch period. My classes require students to be able to focus and that does not happen when they see a light on their phone saying they have a message. If it is an emergency, please call the front office. 936-336-6483