High School Level—Algebra II
Murray H. Siegel
The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics
Ph.D., Georgia State University
Algebra II: Opening the Door
Algebra II is the crucial high school mathematics course in preparing for a college education.
Those college students who have not mastered Algebra II find
themselves taking a remedial (non-credit) course called Intermediate
Algebra. If you are struggling with Algebra II or are preparing to
enter college or are currently in college and are struggling with
Intermediate Algebra, then this Algebra II video series is for you.
Or if you are an adult who has always wanted to master the beauty of
mathematics and now wants the opportunity to do so, this course can
fulfill that dream.
A Man with a Plan
Dr. Murray Siegel earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education.
Kentucky Educational Television named him "The Best Math Teacher in
America," and he has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in
Math Teaching. He has been teaching mathematics for decades to students
of all ages, and his methods have been tested and proven in real
This course is designed, in its sequencing of lessons and in each
subject taught, to produce true understanding—the kind of confident
knowledge that eliminates the anxiety many have in mathematics.
this course, Dr. Siegel not only explains the key concepts and methods
in Algebra II but he also takes you "behind the scenes." The 30
half-hour lessons show both
how as well as
methods work, using real-world applications to answer the age-old
question in mathematics classes: "When will I ever use this?" With this
series you learn Algebra II in a way you have never learned it before.
The series begins by relating the foundation of algebra—polynomials—to
the numbers with which you are already familiar. You learn to operate with them,
graph them, and solve polynomial equations.
The course then progresses to another essential algebraic concept—the
function. Functions of all types are investigated: linear, polynomial (including
quadratic), rational, and recursive.
Even the aspects of Algebra II which are usually considered "difficult
to teach" are treated in a "user-friendly" manner so that
learners can truly understand these topics. Included in this list are matrices
and determinants, imaginary numbers, sequences and series, and logarithms. (Yes,
with Dr. Siegel as your guide, even logarithms will make sense!)
The final part of the video course includes an introductory lesson on trigonometry.
One important difference not found in most mathematics lessons is that serious
learning is punctuated with humor. Dr. Siegel is not a stand-up comedian (though
he was a radio talk show host long ago), but his students have never found him
If you want to succeed in mathematics and have concerns that you can be successful
in an algebra course, then this course is for you. Your efforts will be rewarded
and you will thank Dr. Siegel for opening the door to mathematical knowledge
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