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In this episode you’ll learn about the Mathematics 9: Algebra II course of the Ron Paul Curriculum. This course is taught by Dr. Benjamin Richards and is targeted at 9th graders.

Mathematics 9: Algebra II Course Overview

Mathematics 9 is a second year algebra course which provides you with the necessary mathematical skills to succeed in college mathematics.

In 9th grade, your student will master college level algebra including functions; complex numbers; matrices and determinants; systems of equations and inequalities; polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions; conic sections; sequences and series; and counting and probability. In addition, a number of fundamental geometrical concepts such as coordinate geometry, simple proofs and basic trigonometry will be introduced. Realistic problems provide you with proficiency in applying algebraic and geometric concepts.

After successfully completing 9th grade mathematics, your student be prepared to pass the CLEP™ College Algebra examination. However, the course covers more material than is covered on the CLEP™ exam. Grade 9 mathematics assumes that the student has successfully passed an Algebra I course.

You can click here to learn more about this course and the Ron Paul Curriculum.

About the Instructor

Benjamin Richards200Dr. Benjamin Richards is the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade mathematics instructor for the Ron Paul Curriculum.

He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Covenant College in  Georgia. Then earned his master’s and PhD degrees in optical sciences from the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona for research performed in the area of semiconductor cavity quantum electrodynamics. He is now an engineer on the Advanced Concepts Team of the R&D division of a photovoltaics manufacturer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is married and has three young boys.

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