K12MATH011: Algebra II

Course Syllabus for "K12MATH011: Algebra II"

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The purpose of this course is to familiarize you with the fundamentals of algebraic expressions, including adding, multiplying, factoring, and simplifying; solving equations and inequalities; performing operations on functions; and performing graphing and basic functional analysis. This course is intended to extend your knowledge beyond the foundational information learned in Algebra I and prepare you for more advanced topics, leading toward trigonometry and calculus. Among the benefits that you will gain from learning the material contained here are adding tools for critical thinking, improving skill sets for use in the sciences, and improving your competitiveness in preparation for college applications. A strong understanding of mathematics is critical toward earning scholarships and gaining admission to many top universities, and the knowledge gained here will help in that regard.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Solve linear equations and inequalities.
  • Graph linear functions, polynomials, rational functions, radical functions, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions.
  • Solve systems of linear equations.
  • Solve quadratic, general polynomial, radical, rational, exponential, and logarithmic equations.
  • Find inverses of functions, if such inverses exist.
  • Find the results of operations on functions.
  • Graph conic sections given their equations.
  • Find the nth term of an arithmetic or geometric sequence.

Course Requirements

In order to take this course, you must:

√    Have access to a computer.

√    Have continuous broadband Internet access.

√    Have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g., Adobe Reader or Flash).

√    Have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer.

√    Have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.)

√    Have competency in the English language.

√    Have read the Saylor Student Handbook.

√    Have completed Algebra I.

Course Information

Welcome to Algebra II. Below, please find general information on this course and its requirements.
Course Designer: Terrance Harrington
Primary Resources: This course is comprised of a range of different free, online materials. However, the course makes primary use of the following: 

Requirements for Completion: In order to complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and all of its assigned materials. You will also need to complete the final exam.
Please note that you will only receive an official grade on your final exam. However, in order to adequately prepare for this exam, you will need to work through all of the resources in each unit.
In order to pass this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the final exam. Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam, you may take it again.
Time Commitment: This course should take you a total of approximately 131 hours to complete. Each unit includes a “time advisory” that lists the amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit. It may be useful to take a look at these time advisories and determine how much time you have over the next few weeks to complete each unit and then set goals for yourself. For example, unit 1 should take approximately 23 hours to complete. Perhaps you can sit down with your calendar and decide to complete subunit 1.1 (a total of 7 hours and 45 minutes) on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights; subunit 1.2 (a total of 8 hours and 30 minutes) on Thursday, Friday, and Monday nights, and so forth.

Table of Contents: You can find the course's units at the links below.