MATH 8Course Description
The mathematical standards for Math 8 focus on growth in three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
All of Hall’s mathematics courses share a commitment to rigor. As defined in the Common Core, rigor refers to deep, authentic command of mathematical concepts, not making math harder or introducing topics at earlier grades. To help students meet the standards, educators will need to pursue, with equal intensity, three aspects of rigor in the major work of each grade: conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application.
Additionally, all of Hall’s mathematics courses share a commitment to 8 mathematical practices that are to be developed throughout their learning of mathematics, no matter what the grade level. The Eight Mathematical Practices are:
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
We use the text from College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) to follow the standards. We’re using the eBook exclusively for classwork and homework. In class, students will be trying things for the first time, performing real life applications and using their critical thinking in groups. Homework is students’ chance to practice and improve their new skills.