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Honors Algebra II (NCAA Approved)

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Prerequisites: Qualifying math score and successful completion of Algebra I or equivalent

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines

Course Length: 30 weeks

Recommended School Credit: One full year of high school credit

Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work at least 1 hour a day, 5 days a week

Course Code: AL2Y

Course Description


This is a full-length online Honors Algebra II course for accelerated students. In this course, students will extend topics introduced in Algebra I and learn to manipulate and apply more advanced functions and algorithms.

Online course materials, such as videos, notes, interactive webpages, and practice problems with solutions, are provided for the student. Students are expected to watch videos and review notes regularly. Each student is assigned to a CTY instructor to help them during their course. Videos in the course are provided by Thinkwell.

In this course, participation in forums and synchronous online virtual sessions are required as part of the final grade.  Discussion forums are located within the course where students will be required to respond to a given prompt and then comment on responses by other students. Online sessions, led by a CTY instructor, are held in Adobe Connect, which allows for video, voice, text, screen sharing, and whiteboard interaction. 

Students can contact their instructors via email with questions or concerns at any time. Live one-on-one online review sessions can be scheduled as well, to prepare for the graded assessments, which include homework, chapter exams, and a cumulative midterm and final.

Topics include:

  • Review of advanced algebra concepts
  • Functions and graphing
  • Polynomial and rational functions
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Systems of linear equations and inequalities
  • Conic sections
  • Introduction to probability and statistics
  • Introduction to trigonometry

For a detailed list of topics, click the List of Topics tab.

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Materials Needed

Graphing calculator recommended, such as the TI-84 Plus.

List of Topics

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate mastery over the following topics:

Algebra I Review

  • Inequalities and Absolute Value
  • Exponents
  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Equations Part 2
  • Word Problems with Linear Equations
  • Polynomial Expressions
  • Factoring
  • Factoring Patterns
  • Rational Expressions
  • Working with Rationals
  • Complex Numbers

Equations and Inequalities

  • Quadratic Equations and the Quadratic Formula
  • Quadratic Equations: Special Topics
  • Word Problems with Quadratics
  • Radical Equations
  • Variation
  • Solving Inequalities
  • Inequalities: Quadratics, Rationals and Radicals
  • Absolute Value

Relations and Functions

  • Function Basics
  • Working with Functions
  • Function Domain and Range
  • Linear Functions: Applications
  • Graphing Functions
  • The Greatest Integer Function
  • Composite Functions
  • Quadratic Functions
  • Quadratic Functions Part 2
  • Manipulating Graphs: Shifts and Stretches

Polynomial and Rational Functions

  • Polynomial Division
  • The Remainder Theorem
  • The Factor Theorem
  • The Rational Root Theorem
  • Zeros of Polynomials
  • Graphing Polynomials
  • Rational Functions
  • Graphing Rational Functions

Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

  • Function Inverses
  • Graphing the Inverse
  • Exponential Functions
  • Applying Exponential Functions
  • Logarithmic Functions
  • Solving Logarithmic Equations
  • Properties of Logarithms
  • Applying Logarithmic Functions
  • Solving Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
  • Applying Exponents and Logarithms

Systems of Equations

  • Linear Systems of Equations
  • Linear Systems in Three Variables
  • Applying Linear Systems
  • Nonlinear Systems of Equations
  • Systems of Inequalities
  • Linear Programming
  • Curves of Best Fit

Conic Sections

  • Parabolas
  • Ellipses
  • Hyperbolas
  • Circles
  • Conic Sections

Probability, Statistics and Sequences

  • Combinations and Probability
  • The Binomial Theorem
  • Measures of Center and Variation
  • Binomial Distributions
  • Normal Distributions
  • Sampling Methods and Designing a Study
  • Sequences

Introduction to Trigonometry

  • Angles, Radian Measure, and Arc Length
  • Right Angle Trigonometry
  • The Trigonometric Functions
  • Graphing Sine and Cosine Functions with Vertical and Horizontal Shifts
  • Graphing Other Trigonometric Functions
  • Basic Trigonometric Identities

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Sample Video Lecture

Sample Video

College Algebra with Professor Edward Burger

Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses an online classroom for individual or group discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app.