Algebra 2 and Trigonometry
Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: Grades 10–11; 12th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
Section 1: M/W/F 12:30 p.m. ET with Lauren O’Bryan
Ongoing Enrollment and Placement
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
- 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.
Mathematics, the universal language of the sciences, is a worthy focus of study on its own. Through the study of mathematics, the student begins to more deeply understand the order of creation that speaks the praise of our Creator and exemplifies His divine love and majesty. During this course, we will seek to build upon the foundation laid in students’ studies of Algebra I and Geometry, continuing to explore linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational and radical functions, while introducing trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Conic sections, probability, statistics, and matrices will also be examined, and some discussion of the history of algebra and mathematics in general will be included tangentially as well.
While we will seek to keep this course restful, mastery of Algebra 2 and Trigonometry does take some time and practice. Those who not only actively participate in class discussion and exercises but also take time to review notes after class and work on practice problems will find the most success. This course also seeks to simultaneously integrate facts, logic, expression, and applications with each topic covered. During class discussions, the Socratic Method will be employed and students will be encouraged to explain what they have learned back to the instructor and to the other students.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
- The class is designed for students who have already taken Algebra I and Geometry, or their equivalents.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in mathematics.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
● Glencoe Algebra 2 (2008 edition)
● Wacom Intuos Tablet, or a similar product, for working on problems during class
● Pencils and erasers for assignments
● A 3-ring binder for organizing notes, assignments, etc.
● Paper (printer or college ruled paper, and graph paper) for notes and assignments
● Graphing calculator is encouraged
To facilitate class participation and collaboration, Schole Math students are asked to register for a free account with the virtual whiteboard tool Ziteboard. This virtual whiteboard is used for classroom group work, classwork, quizzes, and some homework assignments. This app enables students to use their digital tablet and pen to write on the shared whiteboard.
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Lauren O’Bryan was born and raised in central Oklahoma, relishing all that creation has to offer through camping, fossil hunting, weather watching and attending Oklahoma City Astronomy Club events. She received a B.S. in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma in 2014. Motivated by a desire to put her knowledge to use for service, she provided forecasts and voyage plans for mariners as part of a large global company. However, she missed the classroom and the joy that comes from getting to know new corpores of knowledge. After marrying an “armchair classicist”, she cultivated a burgeoning interest in classical education, which only continued to grow after she was blessed with a son in 2019. This interest led her to become involved in the Servi Institute, and ultimately led her to the Scholé Academy. 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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