8th Grade Math

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Course Summary

Match’s common-core-aligned 8th grade Mathematics course creates a bridge between middle school math instruction and High School math. In 8th grade students become proficient in three core areas outlined in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Mathematics: 1) analyzing, modeling and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations, 2) understanding functions and using functions to describe quantitative relationships, and 3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity and congruence and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

Student mastery in each of these areas is fundamental to success in high school mathematics and therefore 8th grade is a particularly foundational year. Solving and graphing linear equations is a particularly important building block skill that students need to master in 8th grade. While exposure to functions and the idea that real world situations can be represented graphically began in 7th grade with graphing proportional relationships, in 8th grade students explore, solve and learn to graph more complex functions. Students compare linear proportional relationships to linear non-proportional relationships and explore nonlinear relationships – grappling for the first time with situations that are not represented graphically by a line.

The 8th grade math course also builds a critical foundation for high school geometry as students explore the concepts of congruence and similarity and investigate and work with the Pythagorean theorem.

Please Note: This course is being revised. Revised units will be posted throughout the 2017-2018 school year. To date, Units 1-5 have been revised. See 8th Grade Math Revisions Overview for more information on the types of changes being made and the timeline for releasing revised units.