Algebra 2

Algebra 2 – Unit 1 – Cookies

Course Overview:

Before beginning the Cookies unit, students will review the fundamental concepts of Algebra including expressions, equations, functions, and graphs. In the Cookies unit, students will focus on an interactive math unit where they explore a linear programming problem as owners of a bakery. The focus of this unit is on graphing systems of linear inequalities and solving systems of linear equations. This is an Algebra unit that focuses on building on students’ previous knowledge of number sense and linear algebra.

Week One:
Getting Started
Week Two:
Cookies and Inequalities
Week Three:
Picturing Cookies
Week Four:
Using the Feasible Region
Week Five:
Points of Intersection
Week Six:
Cookies and the University
Week Seven:
Portfolio Work Week


Active Learning:

Students’ roles as mathematical students will be to experiment, to investigate, to ask questions, to make and test conjectures, and to reflect, and then to communicate their ideas both orally and in writing. Students will often work in teams and sometimes work on their own.

Expectations – Class expectations are based on the 4 Ps:
  • Be Prepared
    Students are expected to be in class and on time.
    Students are expected to keep a math binder with work organized into appropriate categories.
  • Be Polite
    Students are expected to respect their fellow classmates.
    Maintain appropriate classroom behavior (language, feet on floor, cleanliness, etc.).
  • Be Positive
    Students are expected to MAKE MATH MISTAKES AND HAVE FUN!
    Students are expected to participate and do their best.
  • Be Productive
    Students are expected to complete all class work and homework.
    Students are expected to make up any class work and/or homework that they miss due to absences. You (students) are responsible for asking for and getting the work that you miss!
Portfolio Project:

The portfolio project for this unit will have three parts:

  1. A cover letter that describes the central ideas of the unit
  2. Select papers from the unit (homework, classwork, etc.) that reflect the essence of the unit as well as demonstrates your progress in problem solving and writing about math problems
  3. A personal growth statement that addresses how you feel you progressed in the unit and what you feel you might need to work on as well as other thoughts about your experiences this quarter
Classwork and Participation:30%
Portfolio Project and Assessments:30%
Problem of the Week:20%