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Algebra Two Course Description

(from NY State Education Department)


    The three high school mathematics courses (Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra & Trigonometry) are built around five process strands: Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof, Communication, Connections, and Representation as well as five content strands: Number Sense and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Statistics and Probability.  Within these courses, students will be expected to make connections between the verbal, numerical, algebraic, and geometric representations of problem situations.  These courses will require students to apply and adapt a selection of strategies and algorithms to solve a variety of problems.  It is expected that these strategies and algorithms will be implemented using both traditional and technological tools.


    Algebra 2 and Trigonometry is the capstone course of the three units of credit required for a Regents diploma. This course is a continuation and extension of the two courses that preceded it. While developing the algebraic techniques that will be required of those students that continue their study of mathematics, this course is also intended to continue developing alternaive solution strategies and algorithms. For example, technology can provide to many students the means to address a problem situation to which they might not otherwise have access. Within this course, the number system will be extended to include imaginary and complex numbers. The families of functions to be studied will include polynomial, absolute value, radical, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Problem situations involving direct and indirect variation will be solved. Problems resulting in systems of equations will be solved graphically and algebraically. Algebraic techniques will be developed to facilitate rewriting mathematical expressions into multiple equivalent forms. Data analysis will be extended to include measures of dispersion and the analysis of regression that model functions studied throughout this course. Associated correlation coefficients will be determined, using technology tools and interpreted as a measure of strength of the relationship. Arithmetic and geometric sequences will be expressed in multiple forms, and arithmetic and geometric series will be evaluated. Binomial experiments will provide the basis for the study of probability theory and the normal probability distribution will be analyzed and used as an approximation for these binomial experiments. Right triangle trigonometry will be expanded to include the investigation of circular functions. Problem situations requiring the use of trigonometric equations and identities will also be investigated.


    Students will sit for a NYS Regents Examination at the end of this course.  Click here for specifications about the Regents Exam.

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