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Algebra 2 Trig/Precalculus Syllabus for 2020-2021

  1. Course Description

The curriculum is aligned with the new Common Core Standard.

This course fulfills the high school graduation requirement of the half-year of Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and a year of Pre-calculus, as well as meeting UC admission requirements.This course will cover the following critical focus areas: 1) complex number systems, 2) vector and matrix quantities, 3) structures in expressions, 4) reasoning with equations and inequalities, 5) interpreting functions, 6), building functions, 7) trig functions, expressions, and equations, 8) introducing limits, 9) polar coordinate systems and equations and 10) conics: ellipses and hyperbolas.

Topics include:

Polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, sequences and series, data analysis and statistics, analytic trigonometry, polar coordinates, vectors, matrices, and limits.



Big Ideas Math. Algebra 2 by Ron Larson and Laurie Boswell. 2010.

Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus by James Stewart, Lothar Redlin, and Saleem Watson.


Required materials:

The materials required for this course are a binder with three dividers, graph paper, a ruler, pencils, colored pencils, and erasers. Scientific calculators will be needed for a few units and not allowed for all the others. Graphing calculators are strongly recommended.

Necessary computer equipment: Computer with a digital camera, microphone, and reliable access to the internet. During the COVID-19 quarantine, the class will be conducted online using Google Classroom, Zoom online sessions, and SchoolLoop.

(If a student needs assistance in obtaining these materials or equipment, please contact me or the student's counselor or administration and they will be provided.)

Outcome Alignment

Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate their success by completing assignments on time, coming to class prepared, and utilizing all available resources including tutorial time, classmates, and appointments with the instructor. Students will need to spend a significant amount of time on independent studies.

Civic Responsibility: Students will behave appropriately for a serious course in mathematics. Students will work with other classmates and will respect the property of both their fellow students and the school.

  • Students will develop an increasing skill level of listening, speaking, reading, and writing to demonstrate their understanding of mathematical ideas.

Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate growth in problem solving using a variety of methods.


Homework Requirement and Policies

Homework will be assigned Monday and collected next Tuesday before class. Homework must be submitted as an PDF image of the handwritten work to Google Classroom. The page must have the name of the student, the date, and the page in the textbook and problems numbers on the top of the page. Late work will only be accepted for excused absences. The late work rule will be strongly enforced. The score for the homework will be recorded on Google Classroom and transferred to SchoolLoop in a timely manner.

Students are expected to:

  • Do homework in a timely manner.
  • Present their work in a neat, clear, organized way on the graph paper. Just giving the answer is not acceptable. For full credit, you need to show all relevant drawings, formulas, algebraic operations, etc. that demonstrate that you know how to solve the problem fully.
  • If the homework is given on Clever, students still need to submit the image of their work to the Google Classroom. The score will be given only if I see the score on Clever and the provided scratch work.

     Class work

 Students are expected to:

  • Come prepared to each class; have the math binder and required supplies ready.
  • Log into Zoom in timely manner and stay online until the end of instruction. Do not leave the session without permission.
  • Participate in class by paying attention, taking good notes, asking and answering questions, volunteering to provide answers, and contributing to discussions.
  • Virtual interactions must use positive and school-appropriate language, actions, and imaging. Your Zoom profile photo must show your face. I need to see students’ faces. Your video must be turned on during instruction, but please remain muted unless stated otherwise.
  • For attendance collection purposes, the projected name must match the name on the student’s registration.
  • Work cooperatively in groups during Zoom break out sessions.


For each chapter, there will typically be a test at the end. All chapter tests will be free-response tests. There may also be occasional quizzes in between the chapter tests. Students will take the image of the test and submit it to Google Classroom. Cheating will result in zero credit on the given work, a referral to an administrator, and parent contact. Cheating policies can be found on the AHS website under “Policies”. Students can dispute the grade for an assignment or a test within one day of the grade being published.

Assignments/Tests/Classwork Submission Requirement:

If a homework, a classwork or a test has multiple pages the student must take the image of all pages and submit it to Google Classroom in a single PDF document, (please check to make sure that the image is readable and clear). For taking pictures a scanner, or a phone app such as Tiny Scanner or Notes can be used.

Make-Up Work

Students will be allowed to make up missed work only if they had an excused absence. Students will have exactly one week to turn in their missed assignment. If you are absent more than five school days and need more than a week, please make arrangements with me upon return. It is the students’ responsibility to get the missed assignments and to make arrangements to make up any missed test.

 If you are absent on test dates, you will take the make-up test the day you return unless prearranged differently for a special reason.

Available Help:

You can make an appointment with your teacher for additional help during Flex time or the office hours according to schedule.  Student can also request a personal Zoom session if required. Additional tutoring sessions will be announced later.

Communication with the teacher:

I would prefer communication via LoopMail or my school e-mail, which is listed above. Parents can also set up an appointment with me by sending an e-mail and suggesting the most convenient day for that; as soon as we agree on the date and the time, we will organize the Zoom session.  If you have an IEP or 504 plan about extended time for accommodation, a conversation with me will help me better understand how much more time you need.  Prior arrangements for extended time are welcome. Otherwise, “as needed” is based on my observation about how fast you work in class.


  1. Class Rules

Aside from all the standard school rules,

  • Be logged in, and ready to work in timely manner.
  • Show respect to your instructor and to other students.
  • Do not leave or change the Zoom session without permission.
  • Remain logged in until after you are dismissed upon the finishing class.
  • Stay focused on the classwork, avoid all side activities during class (such as playing video games, watching Tick Tock, eating, personal grooming, doing homework for other classes, and so on.)
  • At the end of the week you need to submit the image of the classroom notes, warm-ups and activities in order to receive the Participation/Classwork score for the week.
  • Keep all your notes, warm-ups, worksheet, quizzes, and tests until you get the semester grades finalized.

Course grades are cumulative through the end of each semester, and progress reports are issued quarterly. Student performance will be assessed in the categories listed below and weighted scores will determine the letter grade. The Semester Final scores are recorded into the regular tests category.

Weighted Categories:


Semester 1

Semester 2

Homework assignments






Participation/Class work/Notes




No rounding.  Keep in mind the School Loop and Google Classroom are communication tools.  It is work in progress.  It usually does not include the most recent work.  The posting is not final until the semester grade.       


Strategies for Success:

  • Study every day. Stay focused.
  • Work on assignments every day. Do not procrastinate.
  • Review often.
  • Be active in class.
  • Take advantage of tutoring and your teacher’s assistance.
  • Read written sections of the chapter from the textbook.

Parents / Guardians:  Your participation in encouraging your child and helping him or her at home is very important and greatly appreciated.  If a question arises, please feel free to call me at school, send a note with your child, e-mail me, or make an appointment to meet with me. 



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