Pencils (Preferably with Eraser)

Pencils (Preferably with Eraser)

Algebra 2
Foothill Technology High School / / Instructor: Jennifer Eggertsen
Phone: (805) 289-0023 ext.2407
Room: G-107
Tutoring: FIRE & Lunch


Algebra 2 is a course that builds on the concepts learned in algebra. Algebra is the language through which most of mathematics is communicated. It also provides a means of operating with concepts at an abstract level and then applying them, a process that often fosters generalizations and insights beyond the original context. Aspects of this standard represent extensions of algebraic concepts developed first in grades 5-8. Whereas this earlier work was developed as a generalization of arithmetic, algebra in grades 9-12 will focus on its own logical framework and consistency. As a result, for example, algebraic symbols may represent objects rather than numbers, as in "p + q" representing the sum of two polynomials. This more sophisticated understanding of algebraic representation is a prerequisite to further formal work in virtually all mathematical subjects, including statistics, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, and calculus. Moreover, the increasing use of quantitative methods, both in the natural sciences and in such disciplines as economics, psychology, and sociology, have made algebraic processing an important tool for applying mathematics.


Students will read mathematics problems actively and critically.
Students will write effective solutions to problems and projects.
Students will present solutions to problems with reality and facts in mind.
Students will use a variety of appropriate resources to solve mathematical problems.
Students will employ multiple critical and creative thinking strategies in reasoning and problem solving.
Students will demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation for how mathematics can be used outside the mathematics classroom.
Students will represent situations that involve variable quantities with expressions, equations, and inequalities.
Students will use tables, graphs, and functions as tools to interpret expressions, equations, and inequalities.
Students will operate on expressions and solve equations and inequalities.
Students will gain an appreciation for the power of mathematical abstraction and symbolism. /


  • 8.5”x11” lined papers
  • Graph papers
  • Pencils (preferably with eraser)
  • Erasers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Notebook
  • Colored pencils
  • Ballpoint pen (red or blue)
  • Three-ring binder
  • Highlighters

The following is a breakdown of the weight of each evaluation criterion used to calculate your final grade:
  • Exams: 50%
  • Quizzes: 20%
  • Homework/Participation: 15%
  • Semester Final Exam: 15%

Important Note:
Homework, classwork, quizzes and tests must be done in PENCIL ONLY. No Exceptions. Any work submitted that waswritten in pen will receive a ZERO score.


Before studying algebra 2, all students should complete a full year course in algebra that covers all standards as determined by the state of California. These standards include understanding function notation, domain and range, solving and graphing linear and quadratic equations, solving inequalities, simplifying expressions, factoring polynomials, determining validity, and solving word problems. In particular, before studying algebra 2, students must be familiar with the properties of functions, the algebra of functions, and the graphs of functions. Students must also understand the language of functions (domain and range, zeros, intercepts, and so on). In addition, students must understand concepts from previous mathematics courses such as number sense, manipulating fractions, and using basic geometry formulas.

Classroom Conduct Guidelines

Be an active participant in lessons whether learning as a whole class or with peers. Raise your hand to address the class and be patient while others are having their questions answered.
Have all necessary materials and homework completed before coming to school that day. Take notes, participate in class discussions, and complete all math assignments. If you are absent, check for work assigned.
Arrive to class on time and start any task when prompted. Treat classmates, teacher, and yourself well. Allow for others to feel comfortable to ask questions regardless of your personal level of understanding.
Recognize the right of others to learn. No cellphones and electronic equipment. Be an active listener that does not allow distractions to disrupt your learning or the learning of others.
Maintain a safe environment for learning and respect No throwing of objects in class. No gum, food or drinks in the classroom (bottled water acceptable).


Homework assignments will be given from online on a daily basis from each section, but a hard copy will be given during class.Homework will be checked and stamped the day it is due. Each homework assignment will be worth ten (10) points. See board for points system. No work means no credit even if you can do it in your head. By showing work, I will know that you did the problems yourself. No Late assignments will be accepted. If a student has an excused absence, assignment must be turned in within the number of days the student is absent.


Each exam will be comprehensive up to the material learned in each chapter. No calculators are allowed on any of the exams unless stated beforehand by the instructor.If a student has an excused absence the day of an exam, it is up to the student to schedule a make-up date outside of usual classroom time.Due to the nature of the California Standardized Test (CST), calculators may not be used on assessments unless an exception has been made in advance. It is up to the discretion of the instructor as to whether notes and/or books can be used on any exam.

Final Exam

The semester one final exam will only include semester one materials.Both the semester one and semester twoexam will be multiple-choice. The semester one final is administered only on the final exam day unless special accommodations have been made at least two weeks in advance. Both final exams were written with collaboration between mathematics teachers within the district and the mathematics specialist at the district office. Therefore, copies of the final exam will not be released or returned once the test is administered.
The final exam for second semester is only comprehensive of semester two content, and is handled differently. Due to the fact that seniors must check out a week prior to semester two final week, graduating seniors will be administered the final the block day prior to the scheduled final exam day. All other students will take the final on the scheduled date.
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