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Algebra II

​Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:45am - 10:45am 

Instructor: Malika Bell



Price: $500 per semester

​This will be an A-G course and fulfills the "c" requirement (for Ocean Grove students only.)


Students in Algebra II will start with a quick review of Algebra I concepts such as equations and inequalities, graphing lines and working with functions with two variables.  We will examine these topics, along with quadratic functions and factoring, in grater depth.  This course provides an intense study of polynomials, including complex numbers and fractional exponents and finding zeros.  Our course will provide a structured introduction to logarithmic functions and other concepts of higher-level math topics.  Students will learn to graph rational equations and conic sections such as parabolas, ellipses, hyperbolas and more.  They will be able to translate and classify these conic sections based on bother their graphs and their equations.  Students who complete Algebra II and Geometry successfully are ready for PreCalculus, Statistics or Trigonometry next.


Mathematics has its own language, and the acquisition of specialized vocabulary and language patterns is crucial to a student’s understanding and appreciation of the subject. Students will be encouraged to correctly use the concepts, skills, symbols, and vocabulary identified in the California Common Core Standards.

Problem solving has been integrated throughout the six content strands. The development of problem-solving skills is a major goal of our mathematics program at every grade level. Instruction in the process of problem solving is integrated early and continuously into each student’s mathematics education here at SCLC.  Our goal is to help our students to develop a wide range of skills and strategies for solving a variety of problem types.


Oursyllabus is aligned with approved a-g requirements for Ocean Grove School. 


Prerequisite:  Algebra I (Geometry is not required).  


Book and Materials:

Algebra 2: Applications, Equations, Graphs.  Larson, Ron; Boswell, Laurie; Kanold, Timothy D.  Publication, 2001. 
ISBN: 0395937787

We have a limited number of books to lend out.
Materials:  Please come to every class meeting with the following items
1) two quad-ruled (graph paper) spiral notebooks.  You can get them at Staples or Office Max right now for a reasonable price.  Here is a link to what I am talking about.
2) a scientific OR graphing calculator.  I suggest this scientific calculator and this graphing one.  The graphing calculators are pretty expensive and is NOT NECESSARY but could be helpful.  You could also look for a used one on ebay or the like.
3) your text book (see above)