Teacher: Mr. Earl ThompsonRoom: L403 & L408Telephone: BWHS 703-957-4400
Required Materials: Notebook and paper
Pencils and erasers
Course Description: Algebra II provides a thorough treatment of algebraic concepts through the study of functions, polynomials, rational expressions, complex numbers, matrices, and data analysis. Emphasis is placed on the mechanics of algebra with real-life applications and modeling. A transformational approach to graphing is used with families of related graphs. Numerical, graphical, and algebraic solutions should be considered for all problems where appropriate. Graphing utilities, especially graphing calculators, are integral to the course.
Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, you will have demonstrated the knowledge and use of:
- Mechanics of algebra
- Linear equations
- Systems of linear equations and inequalities
- Matrices and determinants
- Relations & functions
- Data analysis
- Rational exponents
- SOL course information is accessible through links on the BWHS Math Dept web site.
Attendance: Class participation is an important part of the learning process. If you do not attend class or are not an active participant in class, you cannot expect to excel. Missed work must be made up promptly; otherwise you will fall further behind. Assignments made prior to an excused absence are due upon the first contact day you return to class. Arrangements for work missed during an absence must be made on the first contact day after the absence. If a test or quiz has been announced, expect to take it on the assigned day or the first contact day back, even in the event of an absence. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is your responsibility to see me to schedule make-up work and adhere to the schedule that we agree upon.
Behavior: We will maintain a professional and positive learning environment in this classroom and throughout Briar Woods High School. I will deal with anyone who detracts from our high standards on an individual basis (relocation of seat, private conversations after class, school detention, etc.). If we cannot resolve the problem, I will ask your parents/guardians to work with us. Your counselor or other educational professionals here at Briar Woods will be called upon if problems persist.
Each student is expected to:
- Abide by the rules and regulations established by Loudoun County Public Schools and Briar Woods High School
- be on time to class with appropriate materials
- pay attention during class in addition to taking notes
- complete all assignments
- ask questions
- work in a cooperative manner
- be respectful of others and their belongings
- keep an organized notebook
My support for you: If you would like to receive extra help, contact me before or after class to arrange a time/day for us to meet and I will be more than happy to assist you. If there are any questions or concerns, I can be reached through e-mail, or a phone message can be left in the front office.
Grading System: Loudoun County Public Schools Grading Scale:
98 – 100
73 – 76
93 – 97
70 – 72
90 – 92
67 – 69
87 – 89
63 – 66
83 – 86
60 – 62
80 – 82
59 & below
77 – 79
Each quarter grade will be calculated using total points: Total Points Earned/Total Points Possible
Each semester grade will be calculated by weighting the 2 quarter grades at 50% each.
The final course grade will be determined by averaging the 2 semester grades.