The Prometheus Academy - Algebra II and Beyond
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So you have completed Algebra I and Geometry and want to learn even more about upper-level math. You also want to prepare even further for your college entry exams. Algebra II is the next step where we explore topics such factoring polynomials, the quadratic formula, and graphing conic sections. Next is PreCalculus where we learn trigonometry, the identities, polar equations, logarithms, sequences , and limits in preparation for Calculus. If you have completed both Algebra II and PreCalculus, I can help you prepare for the AP Calculus test. This helps you obtain a deeper understanding, life-long learning, and a functioning knowledge of how to use math as the problem-solving tool for which it is designed.
We have what is called a flipped classroom, meaning you watch the lesson using the learning website www.sophia.org at home and attempt the first page of the workbook for that lesson. This prepares you for our classwork and helps you to ask questions on anything you don't understand. I help you figure out where and why you may be struggling, then individualize the teaching for you. I want you to know, "Yes, You CAN do math!"
I help my students to work at a pace appropriate for their abilities. I believe there is no such thing as "behind in math." You are where you are, for who you are, this moment. The question becomes, "Where do you want to go from here?" I'm available to help you achieve your mathematics goals. If your goal is to finish the level you are on within the school year, you should be averaging a lesson per week (video, online quiz, practice page, review page, and test). The in-class activities are based on a pace of one lesson per week.
We use the Math-U-See curriculum and manipulatives. Students are required to have the student workbook and test book (sold on the Math-U-See website as a student pack) prior to the first day. Just a caution, it can take a couple of weeks to arrive through the mail. I provide the teaching textbooks, manipulatives, and any supplementary material. Check the links below to find free placement tests and where to buy the student Algebra II pack.
Students who are ready for Calculus have successfully completed Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and PreCalculus (or an advanced math/ trigonometry equivalent)
Note: We are not be using the Math-U-See curriculum to prepare for the AP Calculus exam. We are not an official AP Calculus class, but only because it is not a requirement to register through the SAT Board to qualify to take the exam. You just need to make sure you are ready. I am following the SAT Board guidelines to ensure you have been taught all you need to know to do well on the AP Calculus exam. The rest is up to you. (If there is interest, we can switch out AP Calculus for AP Statistics for the 2017-2018 School Year)
Curriculum: Algebra II Student pack
Find class textbooks and manipulatives at http://store.mathusee.com/
Habib was born in Tunisia and has lived in the United States for almost 30 years; the past 17 in Texas, where he and his wife are raising three children. He graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a BS in Math and Science before pursuing his MS in Computer Science Cal State University at Long Beach. He worked for both defense and commercial industries as a Software Engineer. In his spare time Habib takes pictures and experiments with alternative photography. His future goal is to build a twenty-inch telescope from scratch.
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