Saxon Math: Algebra 2 (Section 8)

This Saxon Math: Algebra 2 (Section 8) unit also includes:

Section eight of the twelve-part series continues the trend towards a higher level of algebraic rigor. Emphasis on graphing and interpreting results reigns supreme in this section, be the graphs piecewise, logarithmic, or radical. Statistics gets a more conceptual treatment as well, with the introduction of z-scores. Round out the section with a few trigonometry lessons, the whole thing is modular in nature, and you've got a winning resource to add to your portfolio.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Consider using statistics lessons in this section as a cross-curricular experimental design and analysis unit with the science or social studies classes
  • Investigation 8 at the end of this section provides a good way to tie in AP concepts, particularly those from calculus, in an advanced curriculum
  • Law of Sines and Law of Cosines lessons make great reviews of trigonometric applications, particularly before exams at the end of the year 
Classroom Considerations

  • Calculator activities and instructions assume that the class is using the TI-83/84/85 suite of graphing calculators
  • Though lessons are highly separable and modular, distributed practice problems include material from sections 1 through 7
Pros

  • Emphasis placed on hands-on activities and graphing
  • Interpretations of results and graphs prominently featured as a desired response
  • Scenarios taken from real-life situations when applicable
  • Difficult concepts broken into bite-size chunks for easy digestion on the part of the learner
Cons

  • No answer key made available
  • No easily understood logic to the order or flow of lessons in the section