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Math 8 Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Math 8 Part 1 will explore a variety of concepts such as rational numbers, algebraic equations, graphs and functions, real numbers, exponents, and the coordinate plane. Students will learn to implement real-world applications to the more abstract algebraic concepts found throughout the course. Video tutorials, online math activities, and self-check web quizzes ensure students receive the visual and special instruction necessary to conceptualize these abstract concepts, better preparing them for advanced math courses. This course provides the foundation for Math 8 Part 2.
It is recommended that students successfully complete Math 7 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives


Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Use the multiplication and division operation to write equivalent fractions.
  • Apply knowledge of division and Greatest Common Factor to convert between decimals and fractions in simplest form.
  • Compare and order positive and negative rational numbers expressed as fractions, decimals, and integers.
  • Solve mathematical and real-world problem situations involving multiplying and dividing rational numbers.
  • Solve one-step equations involving rational numbers by adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.
  • Employ the inverse operations to solve two-step equations using the properties of equality.
  • Use two-step equations to solve real-life problems.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Apply knowledge of the order of operations to determine if an ordered pair is a solution of an equation.
  • Calculate ordered pairs on a coordinate by using x- and y-coordinates.
  • Find the horizontal and vertical distance between two points using subtraction.
  • Determine whether a relation is a function by analyzing a graph, a table, or an equation.
  • Write equivalent numerical expressions using positive and negative exponents.
  • Solve mathematical and real-world problems involving numbers written in scientific notation.
  • Apply knowledge of exponents to find the square roots of a given number.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to discover and use the distance formula in solving mathematical and real-world problem situations.
  • Find equivalent ratios to create proportions and use cross products to solve proportions.
  • Utilize knowledge of rates and unit rates to solve mathematical and real-world problem situations.
  • Use ratios and proportions to identify if two figures are similar.
  • Solve mathematical and real-world problems involving similar figures by finding actual lengths and areas.
  • Find dimensions of scale drawings and models by using ratios and proportions.
  • Solve problems involving scale drawings by computing actual lengths and areas.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Apply knowledge of similar figures to identify and create dilations of plane figures.
  • Identify parallel and perpendicular when given a geometric figure.
  • Classify quadrilaterals according to their characteristics and properties.
  • Apply knowledge of average to find the midpoint of segments in the coordinate plane.
  • Transform plane figures using translations, rotations, and reflections.
  • Apply knowledge of transformations to identify similarity transformations and congruence transformations.
  • Use knowledge of similarity and congruence transformations to determine whether an image is similar or congruent. 

Course Materials

  • Holt McDougal Mathematics (textbook)

*Available as an iText course