• Course Syllabus


    Title of Course

    Algebra II                

    Teachers’ Name

    Mr. Young         Room 228

    Course Information

    Grade Level:  Generally 11th

    Duration:  Full year – One credit

    Teacher Information

    Planning Hour:  6th  Hour

    Direct Phone Extension:  810-591-5495

    E-mail Address:  myoung@carmanainsworth.org


    This year I am using a texting application to communicate with parents.  Here is how to sign up:  Text to 81010 with the following message - @cayounga2.  You will receive a reply to give your name.  That is it!  Note:  Mobile texting charges may apply.


    Completion of Geometry (C- or better). 

    Course Description and Overview of Content

    Algebra II is the third course in the traditional college preparation mathematics program.  This course is required for all high school students in the State of Michigan.  This course has been designed for students to complete Algebra II over the span of two years instead of one.  Algebraic concepts are the main theme of the course that integrates geometry, discrete mathematics, and statistics to motivate, justify, extend and otherwise enhance these concepts.  Familiar topics such as properties of numbers, graphs, expressions, equations, and inequalities are expanded along with the introduction of new topics including matrices, complex numbers, logarithms, trigonometry and conic sections.  The course and teacher will emphasize reading and problem solving throughout. 

    Course Goal/ Intended Outcomes

    If you are taking this course in your junior year, this is your ACT preparation!!!  The goal of Algebra II is to build upon the concepts taught in Algebra I and Geometry while adding new concepts to your repertoire in mathematics.   The final outcome is for you to develop an understanding that algebraic thinking in an accessible and powerful tool that can be used to model and solve real-world problems.

    Texts and/ or Other Materials

    Text:  Algebra 2, Glencoe

    I also have a CD version of the book available upon request that can be borrowed for the school year.


    Format and Activities

    Teacher will:  Lecture, lead whole class discussions, facilitate small and large group activities, and provide assistance on homework. 

    Students will:  Take notes, complete problems at the board, explain problems from the board, justify answers, participate in individual and whole class activities and discussion, do in-class projects, complete and correct homework, and ask clarifying questions.  They should also attend after school tutoring either with me or in the media center whenever they do not understand what is presented in class.  It is absolutely imperative that every student study for all quizzes and tests. 

    Grading Practices and Procedures

         Semester Grade = 80%   Final Exam = 20%

    Semester grade is weighted in the following way:

    ¨       Tests                                           40%

    ¨       Quizzes                                        30%     

    ¨       Homework Assessments                30%

    The grading scale is as follows:

    100-94    A
    93-90      A-
    89-87      B+
    86-83      B
    82-80      B-
    79-77      C+
    76-73      C
    72-70      C-
    69-67      D+
    66-63      D
    62-60      D-
    Below 60   E 

    LATE WORK: You will have an opportunity to turn in late work for reduced credit.  You generally will lose 20% of your grade for each day that the assignment is late, which means you will have 5 school days or the assignment will not be worth any credit.

    TEST REDO/MAKEUPS: I do not offer test redos for an entire class. You may take an individual redo on tests only, although the test will be short answer rather than multiple choice. The same short answer test will be given to students that are absent the day of the test.

    Attendance/ Tardiness

    Students have at most 12 absences per semester, although it is strongly recommended that you don’t come anywhere close to this.  All makeup quizzes and tests must be made up after or before school within a week.  All makeup work must be made up in as many days as was missed plus one.

    It is the student’s responsibility to get any work missed and to schedule a time to make up a quiz or test! 

    Classroom Rules

    I expect that you will follow these rules:

    1.      Bring all materials and books to class.

    2.      Raise your hand and wait to be called on.

    3.      Do not pack up your things while I am still teaching.

    4.      Use respectful & appropriate classroom language.

    5.    Be polite & respectful! (i.e. keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself.)

    6.    Absolutely no cell phone use in class, including charging.

    7.    No food or drink in class.

    8.    Passes...you can use 3 passes for each semester.

    In addition, you must follow all rules in the CA Student Handbook.

    Academic Integrity


    All students must do and take credit for their own work.  Any deviation from this will result in loss of credit and your parent will be contacted. 

    Technology Usage

    It is recommended that students have a TI-30X IIS. They can be purchased at most stores for $10 or $15. These calculators are extensively used in this course.  Calculators are available for in-class use only and MINE must be used on tests and quizzes.

    Other Comments

    Tutoring and Extra Help

    • Students may receive free tutoring in the media center Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 4:00.
    • I am available for help before and after school.  Please let me know if you would like to set up a time to receive help.