Saxon Math: Algebra 2 (Section 11)

This Saxon Math: Algebra 2 (Section 11) unit also includes:

As we approach the end of the Saxon math sections, the 11th of 12 units begins the process of summarizing and combining material from the previous lessons. The relationships between functions and their transformations are investigated, along with commonalities between trigonometric graphs. Logarithms get a detailed treatment in several lessons, as do high-level theorems like DeMoivre's Theorem and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. As has been the case in the past sections, examples continue to be pulled from real-life applications, making these lessons a great resource for your own algebra 2 curriculum.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Consider using investigation 11 as a way to introduce graphing numbers on the complex plane
  • Lessons 101 and 104 on finding polynomial graphs and function transformation are excellent ways to review entire classes of functions and their common transformation rules
  • Move logarithms past their Common Core identity as inverses of exponentials by using the related graphing and equation lessons in this section
Classroom Considerations

  • Calculator activities and instructions assume that the reader is using a Ti-83/84/85 generation calculator
  • Lessons and examples are easily separated and modularized, but the distributed practice problems pull from material in the preceeding 10 sections
Pros

  • Great summative lessons on function classes and patterns in this section
  • Examples pulled from real-life science and math scenarios
  • Difficult concepts summarized and broken into manageable chunks
  • Grounding of high-concept materials, like the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra or DeMoivre's Theorem, in investigative learning and examples
Cons

  • Answer key to problem sets not provided
  • Modular lessons strung together without logical flow or progression