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
New Placement Process: Click to Read
- 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.
This is the course description, syllabus, and book list from the current academic year 2019-2020. It is provided for your reference, but new details for the 2020-2021 academic year will be forthcoming. It will be substantially similar to what you see here but can vary slightly from year-to-year and instructor-to-instructor. We will update this page as we receive the updated course materials from the instructor(s).
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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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