Algebra II
M.A.S.T. @ Homestead
Algebra II
Instructor: Dr. L. Carter
Course: Algebra II
The purpose of the study of Algebra II is to continue the study of algebra and to provide the foundation for applying algebraic skills to other mathematical and scientific fields. Topics of study include: structure and properties of the complex number system, arithmetic and geometric sequences and series relations, functions and graphs extended to polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions, varied solution strategies for linear equations, inequalities, and systems of equations and inequalities, varied solutions strategies, including the quadratic formula, for quadratic equations, conic sections and their applications, data analysis, including permutations, and combinations. The use of graphing calculators and computer drawing programs is encouraged. Problem simulations are explored in multiple representations ~ algebraically, analytically, graphically, and numerically. Mathematical skills are applied to real world problems to make meaningful connections to life experiences. Consistent with a constructivist approach, each student must take an active responsibility for his or her own learning. The book’s focus on critical problemsolving skills will help cultivate a classroom of selfmotivated, independent thinkers.
Dear Parent & Student,
It is my pleasure to instruct your child at M.A.S.T. @ Homestead. As your child’s math teacher, I want to emphasize the importance of your participation in his/her academic activities. To ensure their success, I have outlined certain behavioral and academic rules that must be followed.
The behavioral requirements are as follows:
 Be seated.
 Raise your hand and wait to be called upon.
 No profanity in the classroom.
The academic requirements are as follows:
 Notebook:
A notebook is required. There should be 5 separate sections for the syllabus, classwork/notes, vocabulary, handouts and homework assignments. Every sheet should be headed with your name, date, period, and page number (when applicable). Students will keep an Assignment Log. Every 10 assignments, the Homework Package (Assignment Log and 10 assignments) will be graded.
 Homework:
Homework is a major part of the overall grade. It is assigned daily and checked the following day in class. It may be checked for a grade or for completion (effort grade). In order to receive full credit for a homework assignment, the student must:
 Copy the problems completely as they appear in the text.
 Show all work next to or beneath the problem.
 Complete the entire assignment.
 Have the homework on the top of your desk, ready to be checked on the due date.
 Provide neat, organized work written in pencil only.
 Classwork:
Classwork is assigned after each daily lesson. Sometimes classwork will be finished in class and checked if time allows. Otherwise, it should be finished at home and will be graded as homework the following day.
If you are present (in class) when assignments are given or explained and you make the decision not to do the assignments, there is no make up. There will be no alternate assignment(s) given for this loss.
 Quizzes:
Quizzes are given weekly and are not always announced in advance.
 Unit Tests:
Tests are given at the end of each unit (chapter) and are always announced well in advance.
 Absenteeism:
It is the student’s responsibility to get all missed assignments when absent. The teacher will not pursue you. Daily homework assignments are posted on the web.
 Fieldtrips:
Students going on a fieldtrip or attending inhouse activities are responsible for getting assignments prior to the activity. They are expected to have the work completed upon their return to class or, at the latest, within the week the assignment was given.
 Average:
Homework  Homework Package (Assignment Log and 10 assignments) worth 2 grades
Quizzes  worth 2 grades
Test  worth 3 grades
Projects worth 3 – 5 grades
Gizmos  worth 1 grade
These grades are added and then divided by the number of grades in order to obtain a student’s nineweek grade.
Students will be graded according to the work they produce. If the student does not produce then he will receive a zero. A zero will destroy the GPA.
Standard District Grading Scale
A 90%  100% Outstanding
B 80%  89% Good
C 70%  79% Satisfactory
D 60%  69% Minimal
F 0%  59% Unsatisfactory
Because each lesson is built on the skills learned in the previous lesson, consistent class attendance is essential to your success.
Please take a few minutes to review these requirements prior to signing this form.
A sense of accomplishment is a good feeling to have! I look forward to ensuring that this occurs.
YEARATAGLANCE
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