The Mathematics Department offers a sequence of courses by which students can gain an understanding of the style and content of mathematics, become adept in its fundamental skills, develop an understanding of the analytic power of mathematics through problem solving, and begin to explore the subject for the beauty of its abstractions and the variety of its applications. Confidence building and minimization of fears are conscious goals.

#### Math 6

In this course, students will focus their mathematical development on three main areas: number sense, proportional relationships, and algebraic reasoning. Students will extend the number system to include the notion of rational numbers plus make sense of algorithms for multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals to explain why they work. They will also use reasoning to solve a wide variety of problems involving ratios and rates. In addition, students will construct, interpret, and use tables, graphs, and equations to describe relationships and solve problems using algebraic reasoning.

Emphasis is placed on communication in verbal and written form, creative problem-solving, and reasoning skills. Willingness to take risks and persevering through challenges are also major themes of the course. Inquiry-learning through projects, technology, and collaboration support the curriculum.

#### Math 7

This course will focus on number sense, proportional reasoning, and linear relationships. Students will extend their understanding of operations and properties of integers and rational numbers. They will also develop and use strategies for solving problems that involve proportional relationships. Students will build algebraic thinking as they learn to recognize various representations of linear relationships and investigate ways to solve equations.

Emphasis is placed on communication in verbal and written form, creative problem-solving, and reasoning skills. Willingness to take risks and persevering through challenges are also major themes of the course. Inquiry-learning through projects, technology, and collaboration support the curriculum.

#### Math 8 - Algebra

Students will focus their mathematical development on quantitative relationships, expressions and equations, and functions. They will develop fluency writing, interpreting, and translating between mathematical models. Students will explore polynomials, equations, inequalities, and systems. Students will learn function notation and language for describing characteristics of functions. They will compare and contrast the key characteristics of linear, exponential, and quadratic functions and they will select from among these functions to model and solve problems.

Emphasis is placed on communication in verbal and written form, creative problem-solving, and reasoning skills. Willingness to take risks and persevering through challenges are also major themes of the course. Inquiry-learning through projects, technology, and collaboration support the curriculum.