• Algebra 2                                                                       Course Syllabus

    What’s the purpose of learning algebra?

                The primary purpose of learning algebra is to become more mathematically competent in both your personal life and your job.

    When will I ever use it?

    It’s possible you may use none of it, some of it, or a lot of it depending on what your career is. The people who use it most are probably in some type of engineering field, and right now many of the highest starting salaries in the U.S. are in engineering. However, those in fields such as medicine, business, science, and education may all use algebra at some time. Lawyers, artists, entertainers, and writers will not use it much at all except maybe in their personal finances (income tax calculations, home mortgages, investments, etc…)

    Course Description:

    This course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts. We study various types of functions (quadratic, square root, reciprocal, absolute value, cubic, cube root, exponential, and logarithmic), their attributes, and their related equations and inequalities. We also study systems of equations and interpretation of numerical data.           

    Topics Include:

    1st 9 weeks: August 28th to October 20th

    Unit 1 – Introduction to Functions in Algebra 2

    Unit 2 – Absolute Value Functions, Equations and Inequalities

    Unit 3 – Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities

    2nd 9 weeks: October 23rd to December 20th

    Unit 4 – Expressions, Factoring, and Equations with Rational Exponents

    Unit 5 – Quadratic Relations, Equations, and Inequalities

    Unit 6 – Square Root Functions and Equations

    3rd 9 weeks: January 8th to March 9th

    Unit 7 – Cubic and Cube Root Functions and Equations

    Unit 8 – Rational Functions and Equations

    Unit 9 – Exponential Functions and Equations

    4th 9 weeks: March 19th to June 5th

    Unit 10 – Exponential and Logarithmic Functions and Equations

    Unit 11 – Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Data Models

    Is this class “hard”?

    This class is definitely not “easy”. The class is challenging. You have to do some very serious thinking about algebraic concepts, and you will need to complete all assignments in a timely fashion. The people who fail this class are usually those who don’t come to class and/or don’t do the work.

    Algebra 2 students are expected to:

    ·         Read mathematical problems actively and critically

    ·         Write effective solutions to problems and projects

    ·         Present solutions to problems effectively

    ·         Use a variety of appropriate resources including the computer and calculator to solve mathematical problems

    ·         Employ multiple critical and creative thinking strategies in reasoning and problem solving

    ·         Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of how mathematics can be used outside the mathematics classroom

    Policies and Expectations:

    Students must be in class when the tardy bell rings. This is to ensure that we begin class promptly with no delays. Every class will begin with a Do Now or quiz. It is the student’s responsibility to get information and begin when the bell rings.

    Students need to bring to class every day, a respectful attitude, supplies, completed assignments, math resources, and their notes. Student’s it is your responsibility to get make-up work when absent. Missing assignments will count as zeroes. It is also your responsibility to take notes daily.

    Students must abide by all Duncanville High School rules and policies. Dress code will be strictly enforced, no food or drinks are allowed in class and personal use of electronic devices are not allowed unless specified by the instructor. Violations will result in referrals and electronic devices being taken up.


    Students must be in dress code and wearing ID badges prior to entering the classroom.

    No passes from class will be allowed for the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes of class.

    Students may not leave the classroom without an individual pass.



    When a student enters the class room, they must go to their assigned seat and start on their warm-up assignment. At the end of class, students do not leave their seat or class until dismissed by the teacher.

    Course Work:

    Students are expected to be engaged in appropriate school work while in class, and complete their assignments in a timely manner. Students are expected to be actively engaged in work related to Algebra 2 from beginning of class until dismissed from class.

    Algebra 2 Text Book student online  access:

    The student needs to:

    1)    go to www.pearsonrealize.com

    2)    Sign in with Duncanville Student ID and password

    3)    Click on Pearson Easy Bridge Plus Auto

    4)    Put in Duncanville ISD for school district

    5)    Press go

    Students who do not have access to the internet may sign out a Pearson Algebra 2 book from the school by seeing Principal Rosalyn Antoine, or they may bring a jump drive or memory stick so I can download portions of the book for their use as needed provided they have access to a lap top or computer.



    We will have daily assignments, quizzes, and assessments. Daily assignments and quizzes are 60% of your grade; assessments are 40% of your grade. We will also have warm-ups; called a (Do Now). 

    See BYOD traffic signal at the front of the room. Phones cannot be used unless they are being used for the assignment in Algebra 2.

    Late Assignments:

    If I don’t pay my taxes on time, there’s a penalty. If you don’t turn in your assignment on time there is also a penalty.

    1 block late – highest grade is a 70.

    2 blocks late – highest grade is a 60.

    3 - 4 blocks late – highest grade is a 50

    Assignments more than 4 blocks late will not be accepted and will result in a 0.

    The only exception to this is if you have been absent. You get one extra block to turn it in for each time you have been absent.

    Failed assignments:

     Test that have been failed can be retaken with an alternative test within a week. Arrangements must be made by the student for the retest. After 1 week, the grade will not be changed. Note: If a student fails an assignment, they must show proof of note taking, or come to tutoring prior to making up an assignment.


    Tutoring times for me are, Tuesday: 3:15 – 4:15 and Thursday: 3:15 – 4:15. You will need to get a tutoring pass from me in order to be allowed to come into the room for tutoring. If you need help, please do not hesitate to come. If you need help on other days, other algebra 2 teachers will be available to assist you. See sign outside classroom door.

    Make-up work:

    If a student misses an assignment due to absence, they will need to make the assignment up. The student is responsible for getting any missed assignment from the teacher. The student has until the next Algebra 2 class block to complete the assignment for full credit. After that, the late assignment schedule will be in effect.


    I have a classroom set of graphing calculators that will be available for student use during class. These calculators cannot be taken home. I strongly suggest that you purchase a TI 84 if possible, a TI 83 if you need to “settle”. These calculators can be used on the SAT and ACT test. Also the calculators can be used to complete work at home.

    Progress Reports:

    Report cards are issued at the end of each 9 week period. Progress reports are issued at the end of every 3 weeks. A signature is required from the parent or guardian. Students will have a minimum of 2 grades per week during a 9 week marking period.


    Every day, students are expected to enter class with a pencil and paper.

    Supplies needed for the class are a mechanical or no. 2 pencil, a composition journal for note taking, colored pencils, one black and one red dry erase marker, a 1 to 1.5 inch 3 ring binder, a ruler, and dividers with 2 pockets. Students will also need graph paper, notebook paper, and a memory stick or jump drive.

    Rules and Expectations:

    Rules and expectations are posted on the front wall. Students must have an ID badge and be in dress code to enter class. They must have a tardy slip to enter class if they arrive after the tardy bell.


    Students are encouraged to take advantage of all resources available to them both in and out of class, including textbooks, workbooks, example manuals and binders, tutoring before and after school by course teachers.

    Attendance and tardiness:

    Students are considered tardy if they are not in the class room by the time the second bell rings. A student is considered absent if they did not attend class, or they are 30 or more minutes getting to class. Students who are tardy must get a tardy slip with the time entered into class


    My Contact Information:


    Mr. Dennis M. Williams                                                               E-mail – dewilliams@duncanvilleisd.org

    Room B 223                                                                                Phone - (972) 708 – 6567