Mr. Dan Geiger


(858) 523-4000 x1122

> Algebra 2/Trig H

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Algebra 2/Trig H


 COURSE #1425-1426                             GRADE 10-12

Course Expectations for Student Learning


Instructor:  Mr. Dan Geiger                  Room:  Drexel Hall-103

858-523-4000 ext. 1122                       Email:

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Textbook iPad APP:  HMH FUSE Algebra 2 – Common Core Edition

Available in the APP Store - $19.99

Directions will be provided in class on proper download


Directions for APP Download: 

-       Search in the App Store for:  HMH Fuse Algebra 2 Common Core Edition

-       The APP will show as “Free” (you are only downloading the free content at this point)

-       Download the “Free” version.

-       When this download is finished, open the APP on your iPad.

-       You will now have the option to purchase the entire content for $19.99.  Do this.

-       At this point, only download the second chapter (not the entire book) in order to avoid using up too much working memory on your iPad. 


Required Materials:  Each day, each student is required to have:

1)   iPad with APP

2)   Notebook and paper (3-ring binder preferred)

3)   Pens and pencils

4)   Calculator (A TI-83 Plus or a TI-84)

5)   A positive attitude


Course Description:  This is an accelerated second-year course for students that introduces trigonometry. Students learn the real number system, equation solving, linear relations and functions, open sentences in 2 and 3 variables, polynomials, irrational numbers, the complex number system, logarithms and introductory trigonometry. This course prepares students for Pre-Calculus Honors.

Essential Questions: 

  1. What does it mean to solve an algebraic equation?
  2. How does the degree of the equation affect the number of solutions?
  3. What makes a relation a function?
  4. How does the degree of a function affect its graph?
  5. What is a logarithm?  What does a logarithmic function look like?  What is the inverse of a logarithm?  How are logarithmic and exponential functions solved?
  6. What is the relationship between the graph, roots, and zeroes of a function?
  7. What is the general definition of a parabola, circle, ellipse, and hyperbola?
  8. How do the trigonometric functions of sine, cosine, tangent and their inverses relate to right triangles?


Prerequisite:  Geometry A with a grade of “B” or Geometry with a grade of “A”.


Pacing:  Semester 1 will cover chapters 1 (Not the book Chapter 1, but our Intro Review Chapter 1), 2, 3, 12 and 5 and Semester 2 will cover chapters 4, 6, 9, 10 and 11.  Additional topics/chapters will be covered depending on time.


Absences:  All worked missed due to an excused absence must be made up.  Any assignment due or any assessment given on the day of the absence will be due or made-up on the day of the student’s return.  Any assignment given on the day of the absence will be due the class period following the student’s return to class.  If a student is absent for 2 or more consecutive class meetings, he or she has should see me to set up a manageable make-up schedule.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any missed assignments either from a classmate or the teacher.

For exams, if a student is absent on the day of the exam, that exam will be made up no later than the student’s return to class. 


Expectations and Procedures: 

1)   Class will begin as soon as the bell rings.  Students will be seated in their assigned seats so attendance can be taken in an efficient manner.  Class ends when dismissed. 

2)   Students will be held accountable to the Acceptable Use Policy of Cathedral Catholic High School with respect to iPads, cell phones, and other technologies.

3)   Students should have their iPads charged and utilize them only for educational purposes while in class.  No photos/recordings without teacher permission.

4)   There is a school policy on food, drinks, and gum in the classroom.  No food or drink may be consumed in any class, and no gum may be chewed in any class.  The one exception in this class is bottled water, which is acceptable.

5)   Each student is expected to work to his or her abilities and push themselves to learn and succeed.  In the block schedule, each student must take responsibility for his or her learning and utilize class time effectively.  Take pride in your learning!


Homework: Homework will be assigned daily with very few exceptions. The student should use the extra day between blocks to clarify any problems they encountered the first evening.  Homework assignments are worth two points each. Assignments will be posted on the homework website. Homework assignments are scored on a 0-2 point scale based on completeness and effort.  Even though the content may be presented digitally, traditional pencil to paper work is necessary to adequately complete assignments.  Homework will either be turned in to the teacher or simply shown to him in class.

Late Homework:  Late homework will be accepted for half credit up until the day of that chapter’s test.  After the test on that chapter, no late homework from that chapter will be accepted.


Cheating:  Cheating a very serious offense.  Consult the student handbook for complete definitions and consequences because they will be followed.  Copying homework is cheating.  Collaborating on homework is encouraged.  Allowing anyone to copy your work is also considered cheating.  Any use or attempted use of a cell phone or an iPad during a graded assessment will be considered cheating or attempted cheating.  Any visible cell phone or iPad at these times will be considered attempted use.


Grading Policy:  Each component of the student?s grade(tests, quizzes, homework) will be given a certain point value. A student?s grade can be determined at any point during the year by dividing the points received by the points possible and matching the percentage to the following grading scale:

A+ 97 - 100               C+ 77 - 80

A 93 - 97                    C 73 - 77

A- 90 - 93                   C- 70 - 73

B+ 87 - 90                  D+ 67 - 70

B 83 - 87                    D 63 - 67

B- 80 - 83                   D- 60 - 63


Communication:  I will update grades fairly consistently (roughly once a week) so the students will be aware of where they stand academically.  If there are any questions relating to this class, please email me anytime.  The information on how to contact me is located at the top of this document.


Tutoring:  There are a couple of recommended avenues to go through if you are struggling and need extra help:

1)   See the teacher in the Store before school (7:30 am) or at lunch.  It is my job to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask for extra help. 

2)   After school math help will be available through our new ASAP program.  Details will be given in class on schedule/location.


Tests and Quizzes:  Tests will be given on a chapter basis and generally be worth fifty points.  Quizzes will be given periodically and may be worth ten to twenty points.


Final Exam:  The final exam will be worth between 15 – 20% of the student?s semester grade. The exam will be comprehensive consisting of multiple choice, true/false and free response questions from the material covered that semester.


Bonus Points:  If a student accumulates 25 bonus points in a semester then they will be allowed to drop their worst test score. Bonus points are given for insights given in class, review assignments and internet research projects.


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