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Algebra II


Instructor: Malika Bell, M.S. 

​Prerequisite:  Algebra I or Integrated Math I or Equivalent (Geometry is not required).  

This course fulfills the requirements for a-g high school Algebra 2. If you opt for a non a-g track, you can make this selection during the registration process. Our syllabus aligns with the approved a-g requirements for Ocean Grove School.

Classes are conducted either in person or live via Zoom. Regardless of the mode of attendance, we aim to create a welcoming and safe environment for learning mathematics, where making mistakes is part of the process, and collaborative efforts are encouraged to comprehend the material.
Algebra 2 serves as both a review and extension of the concepts covered in Algebra 1. The curriculum encompasses a range of topics, including equations and inequalities, coordinates and graphs, general functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions of angles and real numbers, analytic trigonometry, systems of equations and inequalities, as well as sequences and series.

Recognizing that mathematics has its own language, we emphasize the importance of acquiring specialized vocabulary and language patterns. This linguistic foundation is crucial for students to comprehend and appreciate the subject. Throughout the course, students will be prompted to accurately employ the concepts, skills, symbols, and vocabulary identified in the California Common Core Standards.

Homework assignments ranging from 30 to 60 minutes will be designated for each class meeting. All homework must be submitted at the subsequent class meeting unless specific instructions state otherwise. Chapter exams and quizzes will be distributed for completion at home. A-G students should note that the final exam will be proctored.

Typically, the initial third of each class is devoted to addressing questions and revisiting material covered in the preceding session. The remaining portion of the class is dedicated to introducing new information. A significant focus will be on honing note-taking skills and summarizing critical concepts from each section. These practices are integral to enhancing comprehension and retention.


The textbook pages are available for free online here. When you get to the Big Ideas Math Easy Access page, click on the blue Algebra 2 book image.
You can purchase a hardcopy of the student textbook with this information

(hardcopy of the textbook is NOT required for the course)
BIG IDEAS MATH Algebra 2: Common Core Student Edition
2015 1st Edition
Student Edition: ISBN-13: 978-1608408405  ISBN-10: 160840840X

Materials for Class:

Please come to each class with the following:
1. Completed homework from the class before
2. TWO graph paper notebooks (one for homework and one for notes)
3. A pencil with plenty of eraser. 

Fall Semester

​​Chapter 1: Linear Functions
Chapter 2: Quadratic Functions
Chapter 3: Quadratic Equations and Complex Numbers
Chapter 4: Polynomial Functions
Chapter 5: Rational Exponents and Radical Functions

Spring Semester
Chapter 6: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Chapter 7: Rational Functions
Chapter 8: Sequences and Series
Chapter 9: Trigonometric Ratios and Functions
Chapter 10: Probability
Chapter 11: Data Analysis and Statistics