Alg2 = Algebra II

This is a required course, designed for students who are planning to attend college or pursue a technical post-secondary career.

The course emphasizes facility with symbolic expressions and forms, alongside graphical and tabular representations. It moves beyond the linear and quadratic forms learned in Algebra 1, to several other families of functions that extend those fundamental concepts. It also builds upon concepts of scaling and transformation from Geometry. Students will study polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and discrete families; and will build functions by combination and composition, investigating both their abstract properties and the use of functions as tools for modeling real-world situations. The course concludes with several topics from probability and statistics, with an emphasis on conditional probability and random processes.

Students taking this course are required to have a graphing calculator; and must also have access to a computer outside school, either at home or the library.

LHS AdvAlg2 Google Classroom
Click here (or to the left on the chalkboard icon) to navigate to the LHS Google Classroom for Algebra 2. This website and our Google Classroom are the primary spots for LHS Alg2 online interaction.

The last day to retest or submit Q3 make-up work is one week before the end of the quarter: Friday, March 9.

Activities, exercises & other assignments

The following assignments should be turned in during class on each indicated day:

1/8 Ice Day no school !
1/9 The Rules of Exponents {no assignment} 84
1/10 Integer Exponents the exponent rules challenge 85
1/11 Developing an Exponential Function paper-folding explorations 86
1/12 Base Ten & Scientific Notation paper-folding wrap-up problems 87
1/16 Rational Exponents - 2^(1/3) scientific notation problems 88
1/17 Irrational Exponents - 2^√2 rational <-> radical problems 89
1/18 e - aka Euler's Number work on fri-quiz notes; 2 problems 90
1/19 Practice Review & Small Quiz prepare for quiz: review homework
construct one page of notes
1/22 Bacteria & Exponential Growth   92
1/23 The “WhatPower” Function   93
1/24 Logarithms -
How Many Digits Do You Need?
1/25 Building Logarithm Tables   95
1/26 The VIP of Logarithms   96
1/29 Other Properties of Logarithms   97
1/30 Changing the Base   98
1/31 Solving Logarithmic Equations   99
2/1 Why Were Logs Developed?   100
2/2 Review & Test Prep   101
2/5 First Big Test of Q3 / 2018   102
2/6 Rational & Irrational Numbers   103
2/7 Graphing Log Functions   104
2/8 Graphs of Expo & Log Functions   105
2/9 Expo-Log: An Inverse Relationship   106
2/12 Transforming Expo-Log Graphs   107
2/13 Graph of the Natural Log Function   108
2/14 Choosing a Model   109
2/15 Bean Counting   110
2/16 Solving Exponential Equations   111
2/20 Practice, Review & Small Quiz   112
2/21 Geometric Sequences
Exponential Growth & Decay
2/22 Percent Rate of Change   114
2/23 Modeling with Exponential Fns   115
2/26 Newton's Law of Cooling   116
2/27 The Math of Structured Savings   117
2/28 Buying a Car   118
3/1 Credit Cards   119
3/2 Buying a House   120
3/5 The Million Dollar Problem   121
3/6 Second Big Test of Q3 / 2018   122
3/7 SAT® Test Day   123
3/8     124
3/12     126
3/13     127
3/14     128
3/15     129
3/16     130

Late work will be penalized up to 5% for each scheduled day that it is overdue. The formula used is:

\[adjusted\;score = {0.95^{days\;late}} \times original\;score\]

Extra-credit opportunities may be announced in class from time-to-time. In many cases you will also find these posted here, or noted in the slides from that day's class. Look at each one and consider whether you want to give it a try.

Make-up work for a day’s absence is due the day following your return to class. If you complete it and turn it in on the first day you return to class, you will receive a 5% scoring bonus. Like other work, it will be penalized up to 5% for each scheduled day that it is overdue thereafter, using the formula above.

Oh, and here is a previous version of this page from the first quarter and another from the second quarter for your reference.