Pre-AP Algebra II

Advanced Algebra Concepts





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TEXT: Algebra 2. Authors: Burger, Chard, Hall, Kennedy, Leinwand, Renfro, Seymour, and Waits.
Publisher: Holt, Reinhart and Winston. ISBN: 0-03-041664-7

This text may be accessed via the website: and resources: with keyword MB7 TOC. Students with access to a computer with Internet have the book available in electronic form.

CREDIT: ½ each semester / 1 full year

PREREQUISITES: One year of high school algebra and an appropriate STAAR assessment test score.

Course Details

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This is a course in advanced algebra which further develops rational expressions.
Also covered are roots, exponents, radicals, quadratic inequalities, relations, functions and graphs, and systems of non-linear equations (block schedule). Algebra II is the prerequisite for college math and further high school math such as Pre-Calculus. Algebra II is required by the state of Texas for high school graduation.

COURSE OBJECTIVES (Student Learning Outcomes):

  1. Attributes of functions, absolute value graphs and transformations.
  2. Operations with numerical and polynomial expressions, including division of polynomials.
  3. Exponential and logarithmic graphing and solving of equations.
  4. Function inverses and composition of functions.
  5. Solve quadratic equations and equations inequalities with real and complex solutions using various methods, and demonstrate this ability by solving word problems.
  6. Attributes of rational functions, graphing rational functions, solving rational functions..
  7. Writing and graphing equations using regression (calculator skills).
  8. Simplifying radical expressions, solving equations involving powers and roots.
  9. Attributes of square root and cube root equations including graphing and solving.
  10. Solve problems which involve inverse variation.
  11. Writing and solving absolute value equations and inequalities.
  12. Writing and solving systems of equations and inequalities.


Chapter 1: Foundations of Functions

Chapter 2: Linear Functions

Chapter 3: Linear Systems

Chapter 4: Matrices using Gaussian Elimination

Chapter 5: Quadratic Functions (equations and inequalities)

Chapter 6: Polynomial Functions

Chapter 7: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Chapter 8: Rational and Radical Functions

Parents/Guardians and Students may subscribe to class messaging by texting the following class code to the number provided. This allows the instructor to send REMINDER messages to students about upcoming events (e.g., tests) and for parents/guardians to stay abreast of important dates and events.

Phone number: 972-347-4533

A-1 Algebra II: text the message @a1-algII

A-4 Algebra II: text the message @a4-algII

B-1 Algebra II: text the message @b1-algII

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You will receive a message to confirm by replying with your full name. This will add you to the list of students/parents/guardians in the class. If you have already joined another class, you will not need to confirm.

Class Schedule and Expectations

This class meets on block scheduling either MW or TTH from 9:00 am to 10:30 am (A-1/B-1) or from 3:00 pm to 4:20 pm (A-4/B-4). For special help students are encouraged to come to tutoring: 8:30 am to 9:00 am (M-F), lunch tutorial time (M-F), or 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm (M-Th). Instructor planning period is A-3 and B-3 daily (1:30 pm to 2:50 pm).


Students are expected to attend regularly all classes in which they are enrolled and to consult with the instructor when an absence occurs. ALL WORK is to be completed within 2 days after the return to school, if an absence occurs.


Each unit culminates in a unit test with a comprehensive departmental 9 weeks examination and a cumulative final exam at semester end. Tests are summative grades and each count 75% of the performance grade. The Final Exam will count 20% of the performance grade. The Final Exam score may replace the lowest test score for prior unit tests if mastery has been achieved (this is at the discretion of the instructor). Homework is a requirement of the course. All weekly homework is due on Friday’s unless otherwise specified by the instructor. Homework counts 2.5% of the performance grade. Formative quizzes are administered daily over the previous class lesson and homework. Quizzes count 22.5% of the performance grade.

Make-up tests will be given the day a student returns to class. Re-testing is mandatory for any grade below 70 on a summative test. Students who score between 70 and 84 may elect to re-test to increase their grade. Re-testing schedule will be within seven days of the original test.

Calculators are required in this course. Only the TI-83 or TI-84 are used. These calculators may be checked out for the semester for use with Mr. Diaz-Cruz at the ECHS office. No TI-89 or TI-92or TI-NSPIRE calculators are allowed.

Incomplete grades are given when an unforeseen emergency prevents a student from completing the work in a course.


Scholastic dishonesty is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. We, the Math Department of ECHS, take issues of dishonesty very seriously. If a student is caught violating any testing policy, or an instructor’s own policy for their particular class, the following consequences will be enforced: The minimum penalty a student will receive is a zero for the assignment/exam.

Cell phones are not appropriate in class. In addition, cell phones and pagers are not allowed during testing.

As an Early College student, you are considered a responsible adult. Your enrollment indicates acceptance of the DCCCD Code of Student Conduct published in the DCCCD Catalog.

The instructor reserves the right to amend this syllabus as necessary. All changes will be made in writing and be put on file oin the instructor website.

Student Expectations/Standards

√ Respect yourself, your peers and the teacher at all times.

√ Attend class, bring all supplies & calculator daily.

√ Maintain a positive and receptive attitude toward learning. Display pride in your work.

√ Complete all assignments in a timely fashion on or before the due date.

Classroom Rules

√ Take care of all personal business before or after class.

√ Food and drinks are not allowed in the classroom.

√ Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the classroom.

√ Profanity, lewd remarks and racial slurs are unacceptable