## 8th Grade Math Course Descriptions

Eighth graders will be placed in an algebra course appropriate to their level, as deemed by an in class placement exam. In addition, students have math work to complete over the summer between seventh and eighth grade.

411 INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA
This course prepares the student for an Algebra I course in ninth grade. Topics include a review of basic math skills with mastery of the following skills expected: operations with integers, rational numbers, fractions, decimals and percents. Additional topics include linear equations, algebraic expressions, inequalities, operations with polynomials, and some factoring.

412 INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA – ADVANCED
This course prepares the student for an Honors Algebra I course in ninth grade. This course covers the basics of algebra: operations with integers, evaluations, linear equations, inequalities, operations with polynomials, factoring, graphing linear equations, systems of linear equations, and operations with rational and radical expressions.
Prerequisites: Solid A average or better in Math 7, or solid B average or better in Advanced Math 7; successful performance on the eighth grade math placement test; and recommendation of the mathematics department. Exceptional work habits and study skills are also required.

420 HONORS ALGEBRA
This course is the equivalent of a high school Algebra I class and will prepare the student for geometry. Topics include algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, operations with polynomials, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, graphing linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations and inequalities, operations with rational and radical expressions, probability, and functions (direct and inverse variation, trigonometric, and quadratic). Throughout the course students are required to apply their knowledge of algebra to real-world problems.
Prerequisites: Solid A average or better in Advanced Math 7, or solid B average or better in Honors Math 7; successful performance on the Honors Algebra and eighth grade placement exams; and recommendation of the mathematics department. (Students accepted into this class from Advanced Math 7 must do some additional study and take additional tests over the summer before eighth grade.) Exceptional work habits and study skills are required.