Honors Algebra II is designed to be a fast-moving, rigorous class that challenges our best students. Topics covered will include multiple representations (graphical, numerical, algebraic and verbal) of elementary functions such as linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, absolute value, exponential, and logarithmic functions; linear systems and matrices; extension of the number system to a complex field; probability and counting techniques; and sequences and series. Students who take this course are typically those who plan to pursue higher-level mathematics studies in college and beyond. Students will leave this course with a strong understanding of the behaviors and connections between numerous types of functions and thus will be well-prepared for Pre-Calculus. Students will become proficient with the TI-84 graphing calculator and the online graphing tool Desmos. Reading and problem solving are emphasized throughout the course as a means to developing precise mathematical vocabulary and reasoning skills.
Honors courses require students to thoroughly understand the concepts covered in prior courses and be able to apply them on demand. Most of these concepts will generally not be reviewed in the course. New ideas are often developed through student investigation with minimal guidance from the teacher. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge to open-ended and non-routine problems. Students will sometimes be expected to learn material by working with their teammates and/or solving problems on their own. Students are expected to be highly self-motivated, taking the fullest responsibility for their own learning and seeking help when needed. The course is designed to meet the needs of a student who thrives in a more independent learning environment.Assessment/Assignments: