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What to Teach in Algebra 2



If you work at a school where you have autonomy about what to teach in Algebra 2, then you might be interested in the Algebra 2 pacing guide below.

HOW LONG ARE THE CLASS PERIODS

Before we get to pacing, you should know that classes at my school meet for 65 minutes and we are on a 7-period rotating schedule. Sometimes a class meets 3 times a week, sometimes 4; it depends on the week.

I taught Algebra 2 at the private school where I currently teach from 2012 to 2017. I also taught Algebra 2 at other schools from 1998 to 2007.


You might also be interested in what I teach in Precalculus or what I teach in my non-AP Calculus class.


TEXTBOOK

The textbook we used was Glencoe Algebra 2 © 2014, McGraw Hill.



If you want a FREE Google Sheets version of these pacing guides, scroll down to the bottom of this page.


Semester 1
11.1Expressions and Formulas and 1.2 Properties of Real Numbers
21.3Solving Equations and 1.4 Solving Absolute Value Equations
31.5Solving Inequalities
41.6Solving Compound Absolute Value Inequalities
5Review for chapter 1 quiz
6Quiz, chapter 1
72.1Relations and Functions
82.2Graphing Linear Functions
92.3Rate of Change and Slope
10Graphing from Slope-Intercept Form
112.4Writing Linear Equations
122.8Graphing Linear Inequalities
13Review for test on chapter 2
14Test 2.1 - 2.4, 2.8
153.1Solving Systems of Equations Algebraically, graphic organizer
163.2Systems of Inequalities
173.3Linear Programming
183.4Systems with 3 variables
19Review for quiz 3.1 - 3.4
20Quiz Systems of Equations 3.1 - 3.4
213.5Operations with Matrices and 3.6 Multiplying Matrices
223.7determinant and 3.8 Identity and Inverse Matrices
233.8Solving Systems using Matrices
24Review for chapter 3 test
25Test ch 3
264.1Graphing Quadratic Functions
274.2Solving Quadratic Equations by Graphing
284.3Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
29practice 4.1 to 4.3
304.4Complex Numbers
31Review for quiz, 4.1 to 4.4
32Quiz 4.1 - 4.4
334.5Completing the Square
344.6Quadratic Formula & Discriminant
354.7Transformations with Quadratic Functions
36Review chapter 4 test
37Test 4.1 - 4.7
385.1Operations with Polynomials
395.2Dividing Polynomials
405.3Polynomial Functions
415.4Analyzing Graphs of Polynomial Functions
42Review for Quiz 5.1 - 5.4
43Quiz 5.1 - 5.4
445.5Solving Polynomial Equations
455.6Remainder & Factor Theorems
465.7Roots & Zeros (card sort)
47Review for chapter 5 test
48Test, 5.1 - 5.7 Polynomials
49review for exam
50review for exam
Semester 2
16.1Operations on Functions
26.2Inverse Functions (composition and variation)
36.4nth roots and 6.5 Operations with Radical Expressions
46.5continued and 6.6 Rational Exponents
56.7Solving Radical Equations
6Review for chapter 6 test
7Test chapter 6
87.1Graphing Exponential Functions
97.2Solving Exponential Equations & Inequalities
107.3Logs and Log Functions and 7.4 Solving Log Equations & Inequalities
11Review for quiz
12Quiz 7.1-7.4
137.5Properties of Logs and 7.6 Common Logs
147.7Natural Logs
157.8Using Exponential & Log Functions (growth and decay)
16Review for test on chapter 7
17Test chapter 7, Exponents and Logarithms
188.1Multiplying & Dividing Rational Expressions
198.2Adding & Subtracting Rational Expressions
20practice 8.1 & 8.2
218.3Graphing Reciprocal Functions
228.4Graphing Rational Functions
238.5Variation Functions
248.6Solving Rational Equations
25Review for chapter 8 test
26Test ch 8 Rational Functions
2710.1Sequences as Functions
2810.2Arithmetic Sequences & Series
2910.3Geometric Sequences and Series
3010.4Infinite Series (and Sigma from 10.2 and 10.3)
31Review for Sequences & Series Quiz
32Quiz, Sequences & Series
330.4Counting Techniques
340.5Adding Probabilities
35Lesson 3 section 0.6 Multiplying Probabilities
36review for probability quiz
37Quiz on probability
38Lesson 4 Types of Data & Histograms
39Lesson 5 Measures of Center
40Lesson 6 Measures of Spread & Boxplots
41Lesson 7 Standard Deviation
42Review for Probability & Statistics test
43Test on Probability
4412.1Trig Functions in Right Triangles
4512.2Angles and Angle Measure (Unit Circle)
4612.3Trig Functions of General Angles
4712.4Law of Sines
4812.5Law of Cosines
49Review for Quiz on Trigonometry
50Quiz on Trigonometry
51Review for Exam day 1 of 2
52Review for Exam day 2 of 2


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