8th Grade Advanced Math 8 Course Description
Advanced Math 8 is designed to challenge students to go beyond the 8th grade standards by providing exposure to high school Algebra 1 topics. This course will be approached from two perspectives: a process-oriented perspective and a conceptual understanding perspective. The goals of the class include problem solving, communication of mathematical concepts, mathematical reasoning, and connections with different strands of math and real-life problems. Instruction will focus on the first three critical areas, with exposure to areas 4 and 5: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in birariate 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; (4) compare and contrast linear and exponential functions, distinguishing between additive and multiplicative change, and (5) comparing the key characteristics of quadratic functions to those of linear and exponential functions by solving and graphing quadratic equations.