# Mathematics

The Grade Six Mathematics course is designed to transition students successfully into the middle school mathematics environment. The main intent of mathematics instruction is for students to value and use mathematics and reasoning skills to investigate and understand the world around them. Students will focus on improving their problem-solving skills as well as their mental math and estimation skills. The Students will also grow in their ability to reason critically and communicate effectively with graphic, numeric, symbolic, and verbal representations.

### Pre-Algebra

The Grade Seven Pre-Algebra course is designed to expand upon the algebraic and geometric concepts introduced in sixth grade. While the major emphasis is on algebraic and geometric thinking, the course is also committed to strengthening students’ arithmetic and problem solving skills with rational numbers.

### Algebraic Concepts

The Grade Eight Algebraic Concepts course is heavily focused on deepening algebraic concepts and thinking introduced in the previous grades. While the major emphasis is on algebraic thinking, the course is also committed to strengthening students’ problem solving skills in diverse problem settings.

### Algebra 1

This course provides the foundation for the study of higher levels of mathematics. Students explore mathematical concepts, properties, relationships, problem solving and mathematical applications through the use of technology and manipulatives. The units covered will include Number Systems & Number Sense, Expressions, Equations & Inequalities, Functions, and Polynomials. Probability and Statistics are embedded in throughout.

### Geometry

This course is designed to introduce students to the study of figures in two and three dimensions. It is based on geometric principles generated by definitions, postulates and theorems. Students explore geometrical relationships and apply principles to make and test conjectures through writing simple proofs and deductive proofs. Statistics and data analysis are incorporated into topics throughout the year as students use measures of central tendency to describe data and algebraic expressions to model and solve real world problems. The units covered will include Lines, Angles and Logic, Triangles, Congruence and Similarity, Polygons and Transformation, Trigonometry, Circles and Conics, Trigonometry, and Three-dimensional figures (Volume and Area).