Middle School Math 8 is a yearlong course that builds upon the student's mathematics experiences. The course will engage students in the study of a variety of topics including number and operations, algebraic relationships, geometry, measurement, and data and probability. The course is designed to stimulate mathematical thinking and promote problem solving while allowing students to communicate and make conceptual connections.
This is a full-year course that introduces students to the terminology, symbolism and structure of algebra. Students are taught to solve practical problems using algebraic techniques. Students will use various problem-solving techniques coupled with estimation and computation skills to solve problems. Students will graph linear and nonlinear equations, solve linear and quadratic equations, solve systems of equations and inequalities, perform operations on rational numbers as well as polynomials, and continue patterns involving functions. Students will interpret data using graphs, charts, and tables; work with scale drawings using ratios and proportions; solve equations, use formulas to find area, perimeter, and volume, work with real numbers; and express numbers in different forms including powers, roots, scientific notation, decimal notation, fractional notation, and percent. Students who are planning to attend a four-year college should take four years of mathematics beginning with Algebra I.