HS Algebra 2 (Tues/Fri) - Fall
Text / Materials Required
Saxon Algebra 2, 2nd ed., ISBN 0-939798-62-X + $5 workbook purchased from the mentor once classes have begun.
This class covers traditional second-year algebra plus geometric concepts and introduction to proof outlines. Completing this year-long course earns one semester of geometry credit (the second semester of geometry credit is earned after successful completion of Saxon Advanced Math). This course includes applications to physics, chemistry, probability, and statistics. A scientific calculator is required beginning in November; until then no calculator usage is allowed. (A graphing calculator may be used, but the text does not provide information on the key sequencing so students must be adept at using their calculators of choice.) No teaching or grading of assignments is required by the parent.
Class time will be spent on the presentation of new material (approximately four to six lessons per week) and answering homework questions as time permits. Homework will be collected, graded by the instructor, and returned the following class period. This course is taught at an honors level. Please be sure your student is ready for the rigors of an honors course (e.g. heavy on theory, the use of outside resources and assignments provided by the instructor, weekly testing, a brisk pace, and a seven-point grading scale). Parents are not required to know the subject matter, but must facilitate the learning of the subject during the week such as checking that assignments are completed, securing tutoring help if needed so that the student does not fall behind, checking graded work when returned to the student each week, signing progress reports (three per semester), etc.