Algebra 2 and Trigonometry
Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 10–11; 12th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
Section 1: M/W/F 9:30 a.m. ET with Dr. Dever
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- students who are new to Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
- students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
- students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
Algebra II and Trigonometry is a foundational mathematics course not only for any future mathematics course but also for applications of mathematics to science and engineering. The course covers topics that include functions, inequalities, polynomials and rational expressions, factoring polynomials, quadratic equations, complex numbers, analytic geometry, systems of linear equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, the unit circle and right triangle trigonometry, trigonometric functions and identities, vectors, and additional topics (time permitting) such as sequences and series, probability, and matrices.
Class meetings are designed to encourage student interaction, participation, and discussion. A Socratic style teaching method is employed where students are guided to help motivate and derive the concepts under discussion by using previous material as well as more fundamental mathematical principles. Both the interactive class environment and Socratic style of instruction are designed to help encourage in students the development of critical thinking skills, creative problem solving ability, and a deeper understanding of the topics. The class aims to help each student attain a solid understanding of the material that includes the development of relevant mathematical skills and the ability to apply the theory and skills learned to solve practical problems. To this end, classes will often include a recitation component, mirroring what is done in many top college math classes, where students may practice working problems related to the lecture and receive constructive feedback from the instructor. Classes may also incorporate the use of technology for simulation, graphing, and illustration of ideas. Students will learn how to give exact answers when appropriate but also how and when to use approximations and technology. Homework assignments are constructed to be instructive and provide targeted practice while avoiding excessive repetition. One of the goals of the course is to help students enjoy mathematics by developing the confidence and understanding of fundamental concepts needed to explore independently, while at the same time mastering the course material, developing valuable mathematical skills, and strengthening analytic reasoning and creative problem solving ability.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
- The class is designed for students who have already taken Algebra I or an equivalent.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in mathematics.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
- Algebra and Trigonometry: Functions and Applications by Paul A. Foerster
- Digital tablet, such as this one from Amazon. (NOTE: Using a digital tablet in class allows students to more fully engage the course content by working out math problems on the digital whiteboard. We recommend the Wacom Intuos tablets, though similar products may be used.)
- Paper for homework and scratch-work
- Scientific calculator (graphing recommended, such as TI-83 or Casio FX-9750)
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Dr. John Dever earned a PhD in mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2018. Before that he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Mississippi. For the 2018-2019 school year he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He has had over eight years of experience teaching a wide variety of mathematics courses at the college level. He has also taught middle school and high school mathematics for three years as a volunteer teacher and tutor at an Orthodox Christian school. He enjoys cultivating interest and curiosity in mathematics among students. He prioritizes student participation and discussion in class as means of helping students to build confidence and see the interconnections of the mathematical ideas under discussion. He hopes that students will begin to view mathematics as both a creative activity, in which they may be active participants, as well as a means of practical problem solving. email@example.com
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
Digital Tablet: Using a digital tablet in class allows students to more fully engage the course content by working out math problems on the digital whiteboard. We recommend using a Wacom Intuos tablet like this one, though similar products may be used.
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