Algebra II (Problem-Solving Approach)

Full-year course. Prepares the student for challenging upper level courses such as Number Theory, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and other exciting classes. Algebra II focuses on problem-solving, logic, and engagement with upper-level math to foster in-depth understanding and enjoyment. The class will strengthen the student’s ability to wrestle with tough problems and explain answers in words. Topics include but are not limited to: complex numbers, graphing quadratics, quadratic optimization, graphing functions, inverse functions, operations with polynomials, logarithms, exponential functions, and special manipulations. This course, similar to other AoPS courses, emphasizes learning how to solve difficult problems.  Students are allowed, and encouraged, to attempt problems multiple times until they master the concept. Read about the Well-Trained Mind Academy approach to Art of Problem Solving here. 

Prerequisite: Completion of WTMA Algebra I (Problem-Solving Approach), AoPS Algebra A, or a similar rigorous or honors level Algebra I course; Art of Problem Solving Algebra B Pretest. Students who wish to switch to Algebra II (Problem-Solving Approach) from another curriculum are encouraged to take the summer course Bridge to Algebra II.

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Algebra II (Problem-Solving Approach) Information

  • Example Syllabus
  • Class meets three times a week for 50-55 minutes, or twice per week for one hour and fifteen minutes.
  • Class cap: 15 students.
  • Designed for grades 8-11.
  • Students in grades 8-12 may be awarded 1 Mathematics credit upon completion of this course. Course may be listed as “honors” on transcript.

Course Materials

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    • Art of Problem Solving Introduction to Algebra
      • This text is used for both Algebra I and Algebra II (Problem-Solving Approach). This course will cover chapters 13 – 22.
    • Art of Problem Solving Intermediate Algebra

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