Honors Algebra 2




Ms. Heikkila, Room 506

email:  cheikkila@osd.wednet.edu


Glencoe Algebra 2 (2005); ISBN# 0078656095

Online Textbook for Algebra 2:  www.glencoe.com/sec/math/ose/index.html

User Name: ALG205
Password: tHu9eChA

Online Study Tools for Algebra 1: http://www.glencoe.com/sec/math/algebra/algebra2/algebra2_05/index.php4/wa


            Students will extend and expand upon concepts and techniques learned in algebra and geometry including solving and graphing solutions to inequalities, equations, and systems of equations. In addition, students will learn about imaginary and complex numbers, conic sections, logarithms, functions, and operations with polynomial expressions.


Every day you will need to bring the following:

  • Textbook
  • Math Binder or Math Notebook for each semester
  • Loose leaf notebook paper in the binder
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil pouch for the following items:
  • Scientific calculator (TI-30X IIS is a great one)
  • Pencils
  • Red pen
  • Highlighter


            Mathematics is an exciting, challenging subject.  One topic builds on another.  Daily participation is a must, and good attendance is critical to your success.  Any work missed due to unexcused absences cannot be made up.  School policy is followed as outlined in the Student Handbook under Attendance.  Each student should be ready to learn when the bell rings.


            1.  No food or drink in the classroom.

            2.  No headphones or cell phones in the classroom.

            3.  Use the bathroom outside of class time.

            4.  Tests/Quizzes are property of Ms. Heikkila and must be returned after reviewing results. 

                 Failure to do so may result in a zero for the test/quiz.


            Breakdown of grades is as follows:                      Tests                                      45%

                                                                                    Quizzes                                  35%

                                                                                    Homework                             20%


            Grading scale is as follows:

            A            93-100%           B+            87-89%          C+          77-79%             D            60-69%                                     

            A-            90-92%            B             83-86%           C            73-76%             F            Below 60%                                   

                                                  B-            80-82%           C-           70-72%           


            Homework is intended to provide practice and to generate questions for class discussion and is graded on effort. Each assignment will be worth 5 points.  A grade of 0 means the assignment was not turned in or completed at all. In order to receive credit for homework, all work must be neatly shown and completed for each question assigned.  Homework is due the next class meeting after it is assigned unless otherwise instructed. Late work will not be accepted.  Absent work will be awarded full credit if the absence is excused and the work is turned in within the same number of days as the absence.  Some time will normally be given during regular class time to begin that evening’s homework.


            Students should generally expect quizzes around the middle of a chapter to assess an understanding of the current unit’s concepts.  Chapter tests will be given approximately every 3 weeks at the end of each unit.  The use of graphing calculators will not be allowed on any tests or quizzes.  All test and quizzes are to be taken on the assigned dates.  Students who have a planned absence the day of the test or quiz need to make prior arrangements with me to take them.  If this is not done and a student has an excused absence the day of a quiz, they will make it up the day they return.  If they miss the day of a test, they need to make it up on their own time (before/after school).  If this is not done in a timely manner, they will receive a zero on the test/quiz.  If they are gone because of an unexcused absence, they will receive a zero on the test/quiz.  Everyone is expected to take the final.


            Homework and quizzes will not be allowed retake opportunities.  This policy stresses the importance of consistent effort in your daily work. Retakes are a privilege not a right. The retake tests will be very similar to the original tests. Both test scores will be recorded. The score on the retake will not replace the score on the first test. For example: if a student scores 80 on the first test and 100 on the retest, their score will effectively be 90. Any test except the final may be retaken once. Test A and Test B will each be administered one day during class time on a designated day only. Students absent on the first test day will take their only test on the second test day. Students absent on the second test day will keep their score from the first test. If a student is absent on one of the test days, they may not ask to take one of the tests at a different day or time. If a student is absent for both days (which is very uncommon) I will arrange a time for the student to have one opportunity to take a test. Failure to attend the retake opportunity for any reason will result in the forfeiture of the retake possibility for that particular test.


  • Though working together on homework and other classwork is encouraged as a means to better understanding, copying of another’s homework or assignments shall be considered cheating by both involved parties. 
  • Using a cell phone, talking, and wandering eyes during an evaluation period shall be considered cheating.
  • Any behavior which, in the opinion of the teacher, causes a student to have an unfair advantage shall be considered cheating.
  • Removing a test from the testing place without permission shall be considered cheating.


            Students must maintain a passing grade to stay in the class second semester.  A minimum of a B (80%) range grade at the end of 2nd semester, and teacher recommendation is required for advancement to the next mathematics sequence level, which includes Pre-Calculus and AP Statistics.


            If at any time you do not understand something, please ask!  If you need more help that cannot be provided during class, please make an appointment to meet with me before or after school.  I am available before school at 7:15 and after school until 2:52 unless I have a meeting, as well as most Fridays during Bear Time.