Algebra II

Complete a highly accelerated year of high school math. A graphing calculator is required. A TIP-created exam will be the final assessment in the course. Prerequisite: Algebra I or its equivalent. You must mail a school transcript, a copy of a grade report, or a letter from your school to document your successful completion of Algebra I or its equivalent.


The TIP Summer Studies Algebra II course features the study of a variety of advanced algebraic concepts. Students progress towards a deeper understanding of functions, polynomials, rational expressions, exponential and logarithmic expressions, the real and complex number systems, and systems of equations and inequalities. This course also introduces students to Trigonometric Functions and the Unit Circle. Graphing calculators will be used as mathematical tools throughout instruction and assessment. Instructors employ a variety of instructional methods including, but not limited to, large and small group problem solving sessions, lecture, and individual practice.

The Texas Instruments TI-Nspire or comparable calculator such as the TI-83 or 84 models are recommended.

The Duke TIP Algebra Sequence Courses may not correspond exactly with the curricula of all school systems; however, many standard topics that TIP includes are aligned with the Common Core Standards for Algebra 1 or 2 which form the basis for many state curricula and may be used as preparation for the next level course in the mathematics sequence of a given school. Duke TIP is not a credit-granting institution. If a student wishes to receive credit or placement into the next level for a mathematics course completed at TIP Summer Studies, the parent must negotiate with local school officials. Evaluation of student performance at Duke TIP is based on instructor-prepared tests and assignments.

Related Terms and Locations: 
Term 2 (July 7–27)
Trinity University, TX
Summer Studies Program: 
Center Math