Description:

This course is a continuation of elementary algebra.  Topics covered include linear equations and inequalities, matrices, quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational equations and functions. 

Goals: 

This class will challenge you to work with functions more complex than lines and to solve for as many as three variables simultaneously.  Throughout the class you will become more comfortable with manipulating variables, creating functions and graphing.  Mutual respect and hard work will bring us success and much learning. 


Requirements:  

I expect my Algebra students to:

* think critically and to ask questions when you have them.  

* encourage your classmates and to make yourself available to help them learn. 

* complete homework assignments on time and seek help when needed. 

* have your computer with you in class as well as an organized notebook or binder. 

You are responsible for learning the material that was missed if you are absent from class.

Evaluation:

We will know you have learned the material if you are able to show your knowledge on the quizzes and final exam.  If you truly understand the material, you should not need to ask me questions during these assessments.  As on the SBACs and the SATs, I will not be giving hints or help during math assessments and semester exams.  If you are not yet proficient, you will continue to work on the skills with adult or peer support and may take another assessment to show your improved skills.

Resources:

When Assessments are proficient you will scan them and submit them to LiFT as evidence of your learning.

Course Topics:

1) Equations & Inequalities

2) Linear Equations & Functions

3) Systems of Linear Equations & Inequalities

4) Matrices & Determinants

5) Quadratic Functions

6) Polynomials & Polynomial Functions

7) Powers, Roots, & Radicals

8) Exponential & Logarithmic Functions

9) Sequences and Series

10) Probability