Algebra 2A/B Syllabus

260-982-2196 ext 206
Room: 206
Home:  260-982-2949 (prior to 8 PM)
This course is an extension of Algebra I and provides further development of the concept of a function. Topics include: (1) relations, functions, equations and inequalities; (2) conic sections; (3) polynomials; (4) algebraic fractions; (5) logarithmic and exponential functions; (6) sequences and series; and (7) counting principles and probability, and as time allows, (8) Trigonometric Functions and Relations.

Be reminded, Algebra 2 is NOT an introductory course and topics learned in Algebra 1 will not be rehashed but rather built upon. And, because all Indiana state universities and colleges require Algebra 2 for admission, this Algebra 2 course is taught at the college preparatory level and taught for proficiency on university admission tests.
Students will work to their potential and ultimately benefit from taking this class as borne out from recent SAT scores.  Those who score well in algebera 2 do well on college admissions tests.
State Standards:
Big Ideas:
Quarter 1:
1. Multiple equations can be used to simultaneously model and solve a situation with several variables.
2. Equations, tables, graphs, and words can all be utilized interchangeably to represent the same event. 
3. Equations can provide a model that can be used to analyze, draw conclusions and make predictions.
4. Equations and inequalities allow us to graphically or algebraically represent and solve problems.
Quarter 2:
1. Complex numbers provide a means of evaluating expressions that have no real solution.
2. Quadratic expressions allow us to model real world situations that do not follow a linear pattern.
3.  An understanding of the factors of a polynomial can be used to illustrate characteristics of graphs and solutions of equations.
4. The shape and features of a graph provide valuable information about its corresponding equation.
Quarter 3:
1. Algebraic fractions can be manipulated in a similar manner to simple numerical fractions.
2. Exponentials and logarithms are inverse operations that can be manipulated and rewritten.
3. The characteristics of exponential and logarithmic functions and their representations are useful in solving real-world problems.
4. Fractional equations are useful in solving problems involving direct and inverse variation.
 Quarter 4:
1. Basic mathematical operations can be performed on given functions resulting an infinite number of possible new functions.
2. Counting methods can be used to determine possible outcomes as well as the likelihood of an event occurring.
3. Circles, ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas can be found from cross sections of a double-napped cone, but have distinctly different characteristics and equations.
4. Numerical patterns can be quantified and used to make predictions.
Chapter 1 Equations and Inequalities
Chapter 2 – Linear Relations, Equations and Functions
Chapter 3 –Systems
Chapter 4--Quadratic Relations and functions
Chapter 5 – Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
Chapter 6 – Inverses and Radical Functions and Relations
Chapter 7 – Exponential and Logarithmic Functions and Relations
Chapter 8 – Rational Relations and Functions
Chapter 9--Conic Sections
Chapter 10 –Sequences and Series
Chapter 11 –Counting Methods, Probability, Data Analysis and Statistics
Chapter 12 –Trigonometric Functions

Materials (daily):

1.  Textbook–Algebra 2; Glencoe Mathematics


2.  Notebook – Students must have a 3-ring notebook and take notes daily.  Notebooks could be checked periodically.

3.  Pencil/Pen All items to be graded must be done in pencil.  Ink pens may be used for students' notebooks only.

4.  Scientific calculator – student owned scientific calculator. A 4-function calculator is NOT sufficient.

5.  Graphing calculators – provided in class, will be used to aid in exploring Algebra;  however graphers will not be used as a "crutch" for applications that students cannot perform on their own.

6.   iPads will be used by permission only. 

7.  A positive attitude "If there were one word that could be used to describe a successful person, that one word would be ATTITUDE."  Bart Starr

Assignments/Make-up Work:

Homework will be assigned on a daily basis and generally due the following day (at the beginning of class).  Though assignments are generally not graded, I retain the right to grade homework for completeness and effort, and at times for accuracy.  Homework checks/pop quizzes will be given regularly.  Problems from  recent previous assignments will be given to the student at the beginning of class the next day, to complete in class with use of notes/binder/homework within a reasonable amount of time.  Adequate time is allowed to complete the homework check provided the student has completed his or her assignment.


 I expect every problem in each homework assignment to be given an honest attempt by you. Each problem should have logical work shown even though you are convinced that your work or answers are wrong. Anything less than an honest attempt is considered incomplete.  A zero will be given for a homework assignment turned in with answers only, unless specified by your teacher.   

Students will assume the responsibility to find out what work and notes you missed while absent and that you complete those tasks promptly.  After your return to school, you will be allowed one day per day absent to complete all missing material. If you miss a homework check, then expect to turn in the appropriate assignment in its place.   If you are absent the class before a test/quiz, expect to take the test/quiz on the regularly schedule day (this means you must review on your own).  If you are absent the day of a test/quiz, expect to take the test/quiz on the 1st day you return.  IF YOU MISS CLASS DUE TO A FIELD TRIP OR PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCE, ALL HOMEWORK, QUIZZES, OR TESTS DUE ARE EXPECTED ON THE DAY YOU RETURN.   Field trip participants ARE NOT CONSIDERED ABSENT!!!


Finally, you will receive at most, only half-credit for any late paper.


Classroom Policies: 

1.  Be respectful at all times (towards me, other faculty, and your classmates).  I will respect you.

2.  Be on time and prepared (have sharpened pencil, paper, homework, and calculator ready to go when the bell rings!)

3.  Be responsible for all material discussed while you were absent on a field trip and upon return the next day, have completed all assignments due.  PLAN AHEAD FOR FIELD TRIPS!!!

4.  Be on task and use study/homework time to work exclusively on your math assignment.  When your math assignment is completed you may then use that extra time to work on another assignment.

5.  Be honest with your work on all assignments, projects, tests and quizzes whether graded or not.  If you are found to have cheated, you will receive a zero for that grade, your CPG will be docked 5 points, and you will be referred for disciplinary action and a Friday night school.

6.  Absolutely NO CELL PHONES, food, drinks (other than water), or backpacks/trapper keeper/bag in the classroom.

7.  All Manchester Jr/Sr High School rules apply.

Possible Consequences *:

1.  Verbal warning

2.   A meeting with Ms. Stone

3.   Parents called

4.   Loss of CPG points (see CPG contract)

5.   Written referral

 *Any serious infraction will be referred to the office immediately for possible ISS or FNS.



Your individual midterm and semester grades depend on several different

    1. Tests   (a major portion)           
    2.  Announced Quizzes
    3.  Frequent Pop Homework checks   
    4.  Homework—I reserve the right to grade any assignment.
    5.  CPG (a score out of 25 points)—recorded at end of semester
    6.  Extra-credit,   recorded at the end of the


1. If you miss an ANNOUNCED quiz, your grade will be recorded as 0 out of 0.  It does not count for or against your grade.   

2. If you miss a POP homework check, then I will grade the homework assignment  pertaining to the checked material.  


4. For all others absences, you have one day for every day you missed to complete the outstanding assignments, tests or homework check.  After such time, if the work is still missing, the grade will be recorded as a zero!

Grading Scale:    (in percents)  

You will be expected to keep track of your own point totals.  An assignment sheet is provided for that purpose.

A+  98-100             A  92-97                 A-  90-91
B+  88-89               B  82-87                  B-  80-81   
C+  78-79               C  72-77                  C-  70-71
D+  68-69               D  62-67                  D-  60-61
   BELOW 60

Any "rounding" will be done on an individual basis.  Attitude, effort, class participation, etc. will be considered in any rounding situation. .5% and above is not necessarily cause for me to automatically round up!
 Semester Average =    80%  from your total percent in a semester (including any extra credit and CPG)  prior to the final exam

                                 +    20 % from the final exam percent.

If a midterm grade is given, it will be based on your total points earned divided by the total points possible. Extra credit and CPG are added in when determining the semester grade.

Extra Credit:

There will be minimal opportunities for extra credit.  The best way to get extra credit is extra effort.  Show me that you are working to your potential.  Be an active participator in class.  It won’t go unnoticed. 


Electronic device Policy

IPADs, IPODs, laptops, or other electronic devices should remain unseen and unheard unless I give you permission to use them.  In that case they should be used only for the assigned task.  If a student is seen using an electronic device when not permitted or if the device is heard disrupting class, it will be confiscated* and taken to the office.  The student will receive a Friday Night School.  If any devices are seen or heard before, during, or after a homework check, quiz, or test, the student will be assumed to be cheating.  That student will be given a 0 on the given assignment.



My job is to help you reach your potential.  Your success in this class is vitally important to me. I am often available for extra assistance before each school day (7:45 AM, after each school day until 3:30 PM or later by appointment,  and at home, via phone.  Students are encouraged to call me at home (982-2949, prior to 8 pm) for extra help with their homework.  Further assistance is available from peer tutors in the study hall ,  via the internet at the website listed on the front of your textbook. After school tutoring is available to all free of charge from 3:30-4:30 PM M-TH.There is also FREE homework assistance through Rose Hulman Institute at 1-877-ASK-ROSE (toll free) every Sunday – Thursday evenings, 7-10 PM, excluding any Rose Hulman breaks. 


Homework Policy                                                                                                             
Homework Helpline:  877-ASK-ROSE

1.  Homework will be given on a nearly daily basis.  I intend to allow study time at the end of each period so that you may begin the assignment under my supervision.  You will use that time for that purpose only.   BUT, expect to spend 5-30 minutes, on average, outside of class to complete each assignment.

2.  You will complete in PENCIL ONLY all assignments, quizzes, and tests.  You will receive a  zero for graded material done in pen after the first week in a course.  Ask to borrow a pencil before the bell rings as needed.

3.  I expect every problem in each homework assignment to be given an honest attempt by you.  Each problem should have logical work shown even though you are convinced that your work or answers are wrong. Anything less than an honest attempt is considered incomplete. A zero and a homework check will be given for an assignment turned in with answers only unless specified by your teacher.
4.  You will follow the format as given in class for your homework.  Always copy the original problem, with the exception of “story” problems.

5.  Expect pop quizzes over your assignments.  I will periodically have you transfer your homework solutions or notes over to another paper for a pop quiz. Other pop quizzes will be given orally or be handed out. You WILL be allowed to use your notebooks (notes and homework papers) on all Pop Quizzes (only).

6.  Homework for the week is listed on my webpage.

7.  You will assume the responsibility to find out what work and notes you missed while absent and that you complete those tasks promptly.  After your return to school, you will be allowed one day per day absent to complete all missing tests, quizzes, and homework.  After that timeline, all incomplete assignments will be recorded as a zero.  Have your parent call the office (982-2196) to collect your assignments even if only for one day.  It is best to stay current with all assignments even while ill as your condition allows.

8.   You are responsible for all material discussed while you are gone on a field trip and upon return, you will have completed all assignments due for the day that you missed and for the day that you return. Remember you are considered PRESENT while attending a field trip.


I want this class to challenge you, to satisfy your intellectual curiosity, and to fulfill your academic needs. You WILL have to work hard, but I can guarantee you that I will be working even harder to see you meet your goals. Let’s make this a great school year by working together toward the common goals of academic success and maturity.