Algebra II

Your studies in algebra 1 have built a solid foundation from which you can explore linear equations, inequalities, and functions. In algebra 2 we build upon that foundation and not only extend our knowledge of algebra 1, but slowly become capable of tackling the BIG questions of the universe. We'll again touch on systems of equations, inequalities, and functions...but we'll also address exponential and logarithmic functions, logarithms, imaginary and complex numbers, conic sections, and matrices. Don't let these big words intimidate you. We're on this journey with you!
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Systems of equations and inequalities

What happens when we have many variables but also many constraints.

Functions and their graphs

Revisiting what a function is and how we can define and visualize one.

Polynomial and rational functions

Exploring quadratics and higher degree polynomials. Also in-depth look at rational functions.

Rational expressions

You have probably been wondering whether our powers of algebraic problem solving break down if we divide by the variable or we have entire expressions in denominator of a fraction. Well, they don't! In this topic, you'll learn how to interpret and manipulate rational expressions (when you have one algebraic expression divided by another)!

Exponential and logarithmic functions

A look at exponential and logarithmic functions including many of their properties and graphs.


Log-a-what? No, this tutorial is about neither chopped wood nor music (actually logarithms do have applications in music), but it is fascinating nonetheless. You know how to take an exponent. Now you can think about what exponent you have to raise a number to to get another number. Yes, I agree--unstoppable fun for the whole family. No, seriously, logarithms are used everywhere (including to measure earthquakes and sound).

Imaginary and complex numbers

Understanding and solving equations with imaginary numbers.

Conic sections

A detailed look at shapes that are prevalent in science: conic sections


Radical equations and functions

In this topic you will learn how to solve radical equations (which are equations with radical expressions in them) while avoiding extraneous solutions. You will also learn how to graph radical functions and about the inverse relationship between polynomial and radical functions.


Conic sections

A detailed look at shapes that are prevalent in science: conic sections
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Conic section basics

What is a conic other than a jazz singer from New Orleans? Well, as you'll see in this tutorial, a conic section is formed when you intersect a plane with cones. You end up with some familiar shapes (like circles and ellipses) and some that are a bit unexpected (like hyperbolas). This tutorial gets you set up with the basics and is a good foundation for going deeper into the world of conic sections.


What would you call a circle that isn't a circle? One that is is is taller or fatter rather than being perfectly round? An ellipse. (All circles are special cases of ellipses.) In this tutorial we go deep into the equations and graphs of ellipses.


It is no hyperbole to say that hyperbolas are awesome. In this tutorial, we look closely at this wacky conic section. We pay special attention to its graph and equation.

Conics from equations

You're familiar with the graphs and equations of all of the conic sections. Now you want practice identifying them given only their equations. You, my friend, are about to click on exactly the right tutorial.

Conics in the IIT JEE

Do you think that the math exams that you have to take are hard? Well, if you have the stomach, try the problem(s) in this tutorial. They are not only conceptually difficult, but they are also hairy. Don't worry if you have trouble with this. Most of us would. The IIT JEE is an exam administered to 200,000 students every year in India to select which 2000 go to the competitive IITs. They need to make sure that most of the students can't do most of the problems so that they can really whittle the applicants down.