Advanced Studies Algebra II
Main Line: 986-2000
Voice Mail: 986-1499 ext. 7945 Plan: 7th Hour
*Grades are available online with Parent Connect at http://pc.leesummit.k12.mo.us .
Grades will be updated on a weekly basis.
Supplies Needed Daily:
PENCILS!! All submitted work must be completed in pencil to receive full credit.
3-ring binder with loose leaf and graph paper OR spiral notebook, graph paper, and folder.
Scientific calculator (minimum)
Textbook: McDougal Littell Algebra 2 Textbook Website: www.classzone.com
TI-83+/TI-84 graphing calculator is STRONGLY recommended (TI-86 is acceptable)
PREREQUISITE: Teacher approval/Strongly recommend B or higher in Geometry
Advanced Studies Algebra II emphasizes facility with quadratic forms, powers, and roots, and the
functions based on these concepts. Students study logarithmic, polynomial, and other special
functions as tools for modeling real-world situations. In addition to the traditional advanced
algebra topics, Advanced Studies Algebra II begins the study of introductory statistics and
Major Course Goals:
The course is designed to assist the student in the following:
To develop logical reasoning skills
To learn how to read and study mathematics
To apply calculus concepts to “real-world” situations
To master skills necessary for problem solving
To work collaboratively in group situations
To use technology in discovery and problem solving
1. Be respectful of yourself, as well as all others. Try your best!
2. Be prepared for class each day. (homework, notebook, textbook, pencil, calculator, etc.)
3. Be on time. The tardy card policy outlined in the school planner/handbook will be strictly
4. Keep the room clean. If you bring food/drink in, make sure you take it out or throw it away!
5. Please ask questions if you do not understand! I am available before school starting at 7:10
and after school until 3:00 for additional help. A+ tutoring can be arranged through the A+
office located in Building B. After school tutoring is also available from 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
in the Tiger Tutoring Room.
6. When class time is given to work, you are to work on Advanced Studies Algebra II.
7. Follow the rules in the school handbook. Cell phones and IPODs should not be seen in the
classroom as they violate school policy. The dress code will also be enforced, so please make
sure that your clothing is appropriate.
I believe that all students can learn through meaningful mathematics while developing critical thinking
and problem solving skills. Classroom instruction will take various forms: direct instruction, cooperative
learning (group work), discovery learning, etc. Lecture and demonstration will be utilized to introduce
new concepts while individual and team practice will ensure understanding of concepts. Appropriate use
of technology will be used in addition to application of real world mathematics. In order for you to be
successful, it is important that you are actively involved by taking notes, paying attention, asking and
answering questions, doing homework, reading, studying, and practicing your skills.
We will study six major topics per semester. Each chapter will consist of homework, quizzes, and a
chapter test. At the end of each semester there will be a comprehensive semester final exam.
Supplementary topics will be included in each semester.
Homework (HW): 18% Tests, Quizzes, & Projects (TQP): 72% Semester Final (FINAL): 10%
Class Procedures/Major Assignments and Projects:
1. At the beginning of each day you will pick up your warm-up sheet on the front table. You will be
expected to be ready to do the warm-up activity when the bell rings. Questions on homework will
be answered and the homework will be graded. Sometimes we will grade in class and sometimes I
will collect your work. Homework will be worth 10 points. NO LATE WORK is accepted
2. It is strongly recommended that students take notes on a daily basis. Formative assessments will
also be used to help remediate learning, when necessary. There will typically be class time for
students to begin their homework assignment.
3. There will be at least one project per semester. One of these projects will include a
research/resource-based component. The project will show your proficiency in some of the topics
we have studied. A scoring guide will be given detailing what is expected.
4. Quizzes will be worth approximately 20 points each. Typically, you will have 1 – 2 quizzes per
chapter. These are included on your assignment sheets for each chapter. A test will be given at
the end of each chapter and are each worth 160 points. Be prepared for parts of any exam that will
NOT allow the use of a calculator. If you miss the day of a quiz or test, you will make it up the
NEXT TIME YOU RETURN to class. Tests cannot be retaken; however, if your homework
score is a 70% or higher at the end of the semester, your lowest test score will be dropped.
5. Students will also be given take-home tests. These will consist of actual problems from IB Exams
from previous years. Point values will vary. It is important to become acquainted with IB
problem types as you are preparing to take the IB exam in IB Math 2. These will be graded on the
accuracy of your answers and the appropriate presentation of your solutions. Keep in mind that
the IB program takes communication and process very seriously in its evaluation.
Make-Up Homework Due to Absences:
All assignments are listed on an assignment sheet at the beginning of each chapter. If you are
absent, it is your responsibility to get the notes and make-up work when you return. Notes should
be posted to my website at the end of the day, as well as any handouts. Handouts can also be
found in the appropriate slot in the cabinet upon your return. As stated in the student handbook,
you are allowed one day for every day you are absent to make-up work. If you miss just the day
of a test, you will be expected to make it up on the day you return. You are expected to inform the
instructor IN ADVANCE if you will be absent due to a school function (field-trip, athletic event,
competition, etc). You will receive the assignment in advance with the expectation that it be
completed upon your return.