Algebra 2 & Trig Student Foerster Classics Ed

Algebra 2 & Trig Student Foerster Classics Ed

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ISBN: 9780131657106
Grades: 10-12

Category Description for Foerster Algebra 2 and Trigonometry:

It's here - the recommended sequel to the Jacobs math series. Paul Foerster taught math beginning in 1961 and puts his teaching expertise to work in this text which is designed as a course in intermediate and advanced algebra and trigonometry. After completing algebra 1 and geometry, this book is the next step before calculus. The presentation emphasizes the role of algebra and trigonometry as the foundation for calculus and should take a student 1 ½ to 2 years for completion.

The text is divided into 15 chapters, beginning with a brief review. Chapters 1-8 cover topics that are considered intermediate algebra, 9-12 are advanced algebra, and 13-15 cover trigonometry. Chapters include functions & relations, linear functions, systems of linear equations & inequalities, quadratic functions & complex numbers, exponential & logarithmic functions, rational algebraic functions, irrational algebraic functions, quadratic relations & systems, higher-degree functions & complex numbers, sequences & series, probability/data analysis/functions of a random variable, trigonometric & circular functions, properties of trigonometric & circular functions, and triangle problems.

The appendices offer additional topics that are sometimes part of Advanced Algebra but don't fit into the flow of the text. The topics are operations with matrices, mathematical induction, and exploration of functions. Explanations, exercises, and activities are provided for each topic and you can choose to present them as part of your program. Helpful reference tables, a glossary, and a skills handbook provide additional helps. There are chapter reviews, cumulative reviews, chapter tests, and a final exam found in the text. Note that these are different from those found in the test booklet. An answer key is found at the back of the book for odd-numbered problems in exercises and cumulative reviews, all problems in the chapter reviews, and select problems for appendices exercises, but not for chapter tests or the final exam.

Each chapter begins with a statement of the chapter's content and is broken into lessons. Lessons include instruction, objectives, examples, and practice exercises. Throughout the lessons the student will find blue boxes that contain definitions of important vocabulary and terms. Problems titled “Do These Quickly” provide opportunity for review of previous concepts, and discovery exercises expose students to new concepts before they are presented as a lesson. Calculators and/or a computer are recommended for use at appropriate times.

The Solutions Manual offers answers to all problems found in the text (with the exception of the simplest problems or problems that have more than one possible way to solve them as in linear equations with 3 variables), along with step-by-step solutions for most problems. Teaching resources, such as the Math Without Borders thumb drives are also available separately for this course.

This thorough course does an excellent job of preparing students for calculus and college level math. If you were to compare this course to Saxon Advanced Math, the only thing not included in this course is the interwoven geometry included in the Saxon course. ~ Donna

Category Description for Foerster Math:

Paul Foerster is a name synonymous with math. He has not only taught math, he has a degree in chemical engineering and a Masters in mathematics along with the honor of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. He has written the successful Algebra 2 and Trigonometry course that is to be used following Harold Jacobs Elementary Algebra and Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding. Paul Foerster has also written his own Algebra 1, which is the same great quality as his other math courses.


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Excellent approach to advanced algebra and trigonometry
Dorothy N on Aug 22, 2022
I was impressed with Foerster's Algebra I book. I only wish his other math books (post Algebra II) were available on this site as well.
Jody C on Aug 6, 2022
Excellent approach to advanced algebra and trigonometry
Dorothy N on Aug 22, 2022
my daughter lost her math book (oldest daughter, this is for my middle child... lol and ouch)
Jessica E on Aug 16, 2022
I was impressed with Foerster's Algebra I book. I only wish his other math books (post Algebra II) were available on this site as well.
Jody C on Aug 6, 2022
This text is recommended after Jacobs' Geometry, and is used in Math without Borders.
Jennifer G on Jul 9, 2022
Chosen by our math teacher
Ragen D on Jul 7, 2022
Foerster Algebra I was great for our child, lots of gradual lessons that build on previous work. Problems with odd answers in the back. Looking forward to Algebra2 w Trig.
NEVA L on May 24, 2022
We have used Jacobs Elementary Algebra and Geometry and loved it. This was recommend to follow it.
Holly C on May 20, 2022
I used Jacobs Geometry and really liked it so I'm hoping this book (since it is recommended next) is a hit as well.
Michelle B on Apr 6, 2022
We used Algebra I of the same series. I had researched and saw this had excellent reviews.
Jamila J on Sep 19, 2021
Required for Math without borders online algebra 2
amy a on Sep 8, 2021
Required by school
Laurel M on Aug 23, 2021
Recommended by a friend whose son went on to be an engineer.
Nicole C on Aug 3, 2021
I have really enjoyed Math Mammoth for my son's elementary math education, and Maria Miller highly recommends Foerster to continue mathematics into high school.
Christine I on Jul 27, 2021
Used in a co-op class
Cheryl M on Jul 24, 2021
This was recommended by Math without borders.
DULCE O on Jul 24, 2021
We really liked how Jacobs Geometry taught the subject and how practical it was. Hoping for the same from this textbook.
Sharon A on Jul 5, 2021
We used Forester's Algebra I, and my son's teacher requested this book for Algebra II. The word problems used are quite witty. The book is definitely an honors level book.
Lisa M on Jun 29, 2021
This is written by the same well-known and respected author as the algebra 1 text that we have already used.
User on Apr 20, 2021
Excellent online reviews for this author and product.
User on Feb 27, 2021
Required by his teacher.
Dilkhush T on Jul 31, 2020
Good price - this is a required book for my daughter's homeschool co-op class. Love the teacher, so I trust that this is a great choice!
Leah S on Jul 30, 2020
We are using this as a follow-up course to Jacobs Geometry.
Jennifer S on Jul 15, 2020
Our School use this book for student tesxt book standard
Silvi N on Jun 29, 2020
Loved his Algebra 1. Looking forward to Algebra 2 with same author.
Joy on May 21, 2019
Loved this author's Algebra I, and this is the Algebra II used by Math Without Borders.
Dorothy N on Dec 4, 2018
School required it
Sridevi M on Aug 16, 2018
Best price online for this text that is used with David Chandler's popular "Math Without Borders" Alegbra 2 and Trig course.
Joshua M on Aug 14, 2018
Tutoring students
Amy S on Aug 7, 2018
A friend recommended this as a classic textbook that covers two years of high school math. I have always been satisfied with Prentice Hall textbooks, so I am confident this course will be excellent.
Charissa A on Jul 31, 2018
We really liked the Jacob's Geometry and researched that this was the option for Algebra II most like Jacob's style/method.
Heather F on Jul 21, 2018
It was written by a math teacher, not a committee -- no need to jump around in it. It is known as an honors-level course, but that is the barest minimum you can get by with if your major in college requires calculus. No fluff (i.e. explanations of ecosystems in sidebars, random color photos) but lots of real world problems instantly applicable to physics. Mastery based. Humor in the word problems. An accessible middle-ground between Saxon and Art of Problem Solving.
Anna L on Jan 4, 2018
We have used the Harold Jacobs Mathematics and Geometry books with great success and this is the suggested follow-on course to the Harolds Geometry. After reading the reviews and description of the text, this seems to be a good recommendation.
Karen S on Nov 23, 2017
We are finishing Jacob's Geometry and our consultant for online school suggested we continue with a text written similarly for Trig and Algebra II.
Marilyn Y on May 30, 2017
Used to homeschool, daughter does math over summer
jeannie r on Jul 19, 2016
my daughter lost her math book (oldest daughter, this is for my middle child... lol and ouch)
Jessica E on Aug 16, 2022
This text is recommended after Jacobs' Geometry, and is used in Math without Borders.
Jennifer G on Jul 9, 2022
My daughter is finishing up Prentice Hall Classics Algebra I. Is this the suggested course to do next?
A shopper on Apr 12, 2022
BEST ANSWER: My son is completing this as the text that accompanies Math Without Borders Algebra 2 with Trigonometry. Geometry is usually completed between Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 as it is needed for the trigonometry portion. It is a great text though once you're ready for Algebra 2.
what year was this published?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2021
BEST ANSWER: This version was printed in 2006, according to the copy I have.
What would be a good Calculus book to follow Foerster's Algebra and Trigonometry?
Andrea R on Apr 18, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Math Without Borders offers lectures and lesson support help for the Foerster's courses. They follow the Algebra 2 & Trig course with another Foerster's course - Pre-Calc. They also have a Calculus courses. Information on these courses are here:
my child did Saxon algebra 1 for 9th grade. We don’t want to continue with Saxon for algebra 2. Would forester be a good option for us for next year?
A shopper on Apr 15, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I don't know whether or not Saxon Algebra 1 is good preparation for Foerster Algebra 2, because my daughter used Foerster Algebra 1. However, she did use Saxon Algebra 1/2, and that was good preparation for Algebra 1. Foerster is especially good if your student is interested in the STEM fields, since it is very rigorous. It is written by an engineer, so it is perfect if your student is thinking about engineering. Also, if your student needs additional help, Math Without Borders is based on Foerster; my daughter did Algebra 1 on her own, but she has found it helpful for Algebra 2 to watch the MWB solution videos, in which he works out all of the assigned problems, for any problems that she has trouble with. Also, please note that, unlike Saxon, you should definitely NOT do all of the problems; it is expected that a teacher will select problems for the students to do. If you go to the MWB website, he has a "suggested assignment list" PDF for Algebra 1, which you could follow for an excellent coverage of the book. (When a section shows two lines of problems, that indicates that section is meant to take 2 days -- the first line of problems for the first day, the second line for the second day.) Hope that helps!
Is there a specific graphing calculator that we will need for Foerster Alg 2?
A shopper on Aug 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No. He did use the TI 84 in Algebra 1 but for this course he used Geogabra. A free app. I was disappointed he didn’t continue his teachings on the calculator. Great book just only negative. I have my 10th grader taking How to use your graphic calculator at the community college this year. Before we take calculus. Hope this helps.
Are there tests available to go with this book?
A shopper on Jul 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We do not carry any tests for this course. In the Math Without Borders supplement for this course, Mr. Chandler says:

Although a mentoring approach to assessment is encouraged, Mr. Chandler does provide suggestions for material that can be used as self-tests or assessments.

Math Without Borders:
IS there a workbook that goes with this textbook?
A shopper on May 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not that we carry. We carry only the Student Text and the Solutions Manual. You might check with the publisher - Prentice-Hall (Pearson Learning).
IS there a workbook that goes with this textbook?
A shopper on May 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not that I know of. However, mathwithoutborders dot com has the flashdrive with lessons and answers for purchase.
My daughter doesn't particularly like math although she does well in it. She thoroughly enjoyed Jacobs Geometry because of the way it was written. Foerster is suggested as a followup to Jacobs Geometry. I'd like to know if he has the same style of teaching as Jacobs?
A shopper on Jul 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Dr. Jacobs is the one who suggested that Foerster's Algebra 2 with Trigonometry is a good follow-up to his geometry course. Although the approaches are not identical, there was obviously enough similarities for him to have confidence in the course.
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As an update from my review last year: I am very pleased with the progress my students made using this book This deepened their understanding of Algebra and prepared them for college level math Some students are going into calculus after taking this course some into pre-calculus at the college level and others who know they aren't going into STEM careers are very well prepared for college algebra Several have reported gains in their ACT scores in the range of 4-5 points some were higherA few notes about using the book 1) Students were not always pleased about the solutions manual and the very few steps explained in the provided solution It was always enough for me to help them figure out the answer but will be difficult for those who are not already comfortable with math Don't give up and be sure to ask questions when you need to 2) Some problems are dated My students didn't know what floppy disks were (chapter 2 word problems) We could deal with it 3) Foerster assumes you already have a good handle of basic trig (SOHCAHTOA) There is no review of these concepts 4) This book doesn't do a full treatment of the unit circle - so I added that on my own I'll be using this book again this year I highly recommend it for anyone wanting a rigorous treatment as a prep for college math of any level
July 17, 2014

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