Mrs. Schwahl's Algebra 2 Class

Mustang Memo

What we have covered...

1st 9 Weeks (Aug. 20, 2012 - Oct. 25, 2012)

Standard: Polynomials-Perform operations on polynomials. Find factors of polynomials, learning special techniques for factoring quadratics. Understand the relationships among the solutions of polynomial equations, the zeros of a polynomial function, the x-intercepts of a graph, and the factors of a polynomial.

Benchmark MA.912.A.4.10: Use polynomial equations to solve real-world problems.


We are wrapping up a successful 1st 9 weeks. We have covered the following topics relating to Polynomials and Polynomial Functions:


  • Exponents and Monomials
  • Operations with Polynomials
  • Dividing Polynomials
  • Polynomial Functions
  • Polynomial Equations
  • Roots and Zeros


Student mastery of the topics noted above was assessed through a variety of methods including oral discussion, practical application of concepts and procedures, written tests, and the quarterly benchmark assessments.

What we will cover...

2nd 9 Weeks (Oct. 29, 2012 - Jan. 17, 2013)

Standard: Logarithmic and Exponential Functions-Understand the concepts of logarithmic and exponential functions. Graph exponential functions, and solve problems of growth and decay. Understand the inverse relationship between exponents and logarithms, and use it to prove laws of logarithms and to solve equations. Convert logarithms between bases, and simplify logarithmic expressions.

Benchmark MA.912.A.8.1: Define exponential and logarithmic functions and determine their relationship.


During the 2nd 9 weeks we will cover a variety of topics relating to Exponential and Logarithmic Functions including:


  • Exponential Functions
  • Logarithms and Logarithmic Functions
  • Properties of Logarithms
  • Natural Base e and Natural Logarithms
  • Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations and Inequalities
  • Modeling with Exponential and Logarithmic Functions


Student mastery of the topics noted above will be assessed through a variety of methods including oral discussion, practical application of concepts and procedures, written tests, and the quarterly benchmark assessments.

Upcoming Field Trip...

Kennedy Space Center

Friday, March 15th 2013 at 9am-4pm

6225 VectorSpace Boulevard

Titusville, FL

In the 3rd 9 weeks, we will discuss topics related to Rational Expressions and Equations in which students will use what has been learned about factoring polynomials. This field trip will allow students to solve real-world problems involving rational equations (mixture, distance, work, interest, and ration), meeting Benchmark MA.912.A.5.7.



Students will participate in a Shields Up! project where they will investigate kinetic energy by designing an impact resistant micrometeoroid and space debris shield, meeting Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, FCAT requirements, and National Science Standards. It will also promote cooperative learning, problem solving, and guided research.


At the Kennedy Space Center, students will explore the Apollo/Saturn V Center, tour NASA areas, and interact with shows and exhibits. During the field trip, students can meet astronauts, watch larger-than-life IMAX® films, strap into the Shuttle Launch Experience, and explore historic rockets.


Mark your calendar...

1st 9 Weeks Report Card

Report cards for the 1st 9 weeks will be mailed Nov. 2, 2012.


Math Night

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at 7 PM in School Cafeteria.


Thanksgiving Break (one week)

Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 - Friday, Nov. 23, 2012

Students and staff will return to school on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.


2nd 9 Weeks Progress Report

Progress reports for the 2nd 9 weeks will be mailed Nov. 30, 2012.


Winter Band Concert

December 13, 2013 at 7 PM in the School Auditorium.


Winter Break (two weeks)

Dec. 24, 2012 - Jan. 4, 2013

Students and staff will return to school on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.


Kennedy Space Center Field Trip

Friday, March 15, 2013