Here’s an overview of how my Algebra 2 curriculum topics currently go. I kinda follow the McDougal Littell Algebra 2 textbook that we used to have (no textbook currently), but a fair amount of rearranging has happened. Note: Our students take Algebra 1, Geometry, then Algebra 2. I feel like I do more review than I probably should, but my kids tend to need it.
Equations & Inequalities Review – August
A quick review of solving equations and inequalities, rewriting formulas, etc.
Linear Functions Review – September
Review of functions, equations of lines, slope, graphing lines & absolute value functions.
Transformations/Piecewise Functions – September/October
Transformations (mostly w/absolute value functions or graphs/tables I give to them) & also graphing and writing equations of piecewise functions.
Systems of Equations – October/November
Writing and solving systems of (mostly) linear equations – 2 and 3 variable. Substitution, elimination, and graphing (a few non-linear that we do with Desmos). I have thought about moving this later in the year and include some quadratic systems, but it hasn’t happened yet.
Polynomials Intro – November
Polynomial vocabulary, exponent rules review, operations with polynomials and all the factoring – GCF, by grouping, quadratics, sums & diff of cubes, etc.
Quadratics – November/December
Solving quadratic equations by using roots, then complex numbers, CTS, quadratic formula, and graphing quadratics in vertex and standard form.
More Polynomials – January
Higher degree polynomials – finding zeros & roots, using the factor and remainder theorems, end behavior, and sketching graphs.
Radicals & Rational Exponents – January/February
Rational exponents, graphing radical functions, and solving radical equations.
Exponentials & Logarithms – February/March
Inverses, graphing exponential functions & logarithmic functions, properties of logs, solving exponentials & logarithmic equations.
Rational Functions – March
Simplifying rational functions, operations w/rational functions, solving rational equations. No graphing.
Data Analysis – April
Sampling, measures of center & variation, normal distribution, scatterplots & identifying type of function from data. I need to get permutations & combinations back in here somewhere.
Trigonometry (time permitting) – May
Review of right triangle trig, radian measure, unit circle.
At some point maybe I’ll get the energy to share materials that I’ve got for each chapter, but this is a start at least!