Algebra II (for Juniors)

Teachers: Mr. John Frothingham (
                             Mr. Neal Onos (

Note: If you phone, please leave a message with the front desk, but email is the best way to reach me.

Extra Help: Thursday Afternoon 3:00 - 4:00 or by appointment.

Course Overview

Connecting math to the real world is a meaningful way for students to apply their logic and accuracy skills. Using various mathematical equations to model real life situations students will explore these relationships and use them to problem solve and predict future conditions and to evaluate and critique the world around them. This course will work at normal pace and introduce more sophisticated topics originally addressed in Algebra I and Geometry courses.  Topics covered include:  Linear models, non-Linear models such as exponential, quadratic models and inverse models, absolute value, logarithmic functions and probability.

Essential Questions: 

  • What is a number base and how are they represented.
  • What information/characteristics does each form of the quadratic function tell us?
  • What real world problems are modeled using quadratic functions?
  • What information/characteristics does each form of the exponential tell us?
  • What real world problems are modeled using exponential functions?


Grades for this course consist of four strands: Logic, Accuracy, Application and Work Habits. 

Accuracy – 30%

Mathematics is a language that allows people to give exact answers.  When calculations are not made correctly, computers don’t operate, bridges collapse, and checks bounce.  Students are assessed in this strand primarily through their performance on quizzes and tests. 

 Logic – 30%

Just like accuracy, how one arrives at that answer is also important.  When reviewing student work, teachers look to see how problems are set up before they are solved.  As math concepts become increasingly complex, making sure the logic is clearly communicated takes on greater significance.  Students are assessed in this strand primarily through their performance on quizzes and tests. 

 Application – 20%

Students participate in several unit projects over the course of a semester where they apply their knowledge to problem solving situations.  Most projects also involve writing about their mathematical thinking, reflecting about their growth as a math students and sharing these in a public forum.  These projects are graded on a variety of content and presentation standards.

 Work Habits – 20%

The Work Habits strand reflects the effort students have put into completing homework, studying regularly, and working in class.  Work habits also reflect the level of students’ participation in class, their willingness to take academic risks, and ability to incorporate revisions into their work.  Students with strong work habits grades are putting consistent, effective effort into their schoolwork.

syllabus - In this document you will find a course description, essential questions, student expectations, assessment strand descriptions, honors requirements, how strands are graded, calendar of topics and a overview of major topics.

Homework assignments are posted in X2. Links are provided so students can print them if they miss class or loose them. 

Honors Assignments and Documents -  Links to Scanned materials like text book material and other valuable links/documents.