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Algebra II

MATH 207/208

Algebra II

  • Course ID:MATH 207/208
  • Semesters:2
  • Department:Mathematics
  • Course Rank:Required
  • Teachers:Joe Maloney

Description and Objectives

The course Algebra II is a two semester course covering all of the traditional studies. The course can be broken down into the following four general topics: Basic algebra (a review of Algebra I), Rational Expressions , Polynomial functions, and Exponential and Logarithmic functions with Geometry permeating the entire course.

Outline of Topics Covered

  • Basic Algebra I Review

Objective: To make sure the students recall how to solve linear equations, inequalities and systems of each and how to graph solution sets of such equations, inequalities and systems. Next the discussion turns to quadratics of the form and piece-wise linears . After this, factoring is employed as a tool in graphing.

  • Polynomials

Objective: We continue to increase the degree of the polynomial having already looked at linear and quadratic functions. Some mention will be made to the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra but most of our analysis will be graphical.

  • Rational Expressions

Objective: Having already discussed polynomials, it is now time to discuss the quotient of polynomials – namely rational expressions. We will limit ourselves to simple rational functions and make much use of the Chart of Signs to discuss the qualitative graphs of these functions.

  • Quadratic Equations

Objective: Having learned how to factor polynomials, we will dive into solving quadratic equations by Factoring, Completing the Square, and the Quadratic Formula.

  • Functions

Objective: This topic covers basic functions theory: relations vs. functions, inverses and the concept of one-to-one. Here we re-iterate the notions from Algebra I with an eye on increasing the library of functions with which the student is familiar.

  • Exponential functions

Objective: Here we introduce having variable exponents instead of bases: bx. This is then used as a springboard to a discussion of inverses of functions and specifically to the definition of logarithm.


Intermediate Algebra, Kaufmann, 1996.

Course Requirements

This course integrates nicely with the course Algebra I typically offered in Grade 8. Here we hope to not only review the material already learned but to go deeper in scope and understanding. As far as new material is concerned, this will be the first time the student is exposed to the concept of an exponential function. In addition to this, we expand the understanding of trigonometry which will be revisited in Geometry next school year and in Precalculus the following year.

Homework is given daily and comprises a significant part of the overall grade. Quizzes are given every week. Each semester there are typically 4 full period exams (roughly 2 per quarter) and an hour-and-a-half Midterm/Final exam.

Successful Students

Students may ask questions any time. Office hours are plentiful and include before school, lunch hour most days and after school by appointment. Students are encouraged to make use of the instructor’s email address: or his extension on campus 301.365.0227 ext. 141

Summer Assignment

Algebra 2 Summer Assignment