## Course Goals

- To increase the power and variety of tools in your mathematical toolbox.
- To develop an understanding of mathematics as a a powerful way of solving real-world problems as well as a creative art form.

## Curriculum Delivery Strategies

- In this course you will learn math through a mixture of traditional lecture, traditional homework assignments, project-based learning, computer activities, and design challenges.
- Assignment descriptions, homework, resources, lecture notes, and student work (with permission) will be posted on the course website: misterwilkinson.com/math8, accessible also through the FH Collins homework website.

## Schedule

*Dates in this schedule are approximate and subject to change.*

**Unit 1: Number (4 Weeks).**The number line. Integer arithmetic. Squares and square roots of whole numbers.**Unit 2: Proportional Reasoning (3 Weeks).**Fraction operations. Ratios, rates, and percents. Multiplicative thinking.**Unit 3: Linear Relations (3 Weeks).**Co-ordinate systems. Graphical, algebraic, and pictoral representations of linear growth patterns. 1- and 2-step linear equations.**Unit 4: Two-Dimensional Geometry (2 Weeks).**Applications of the Pythagorean theorem. Symmetry operations and tesselations.**Unit 5: Three-Dimensional Geometry (3 Weeks)**. Nets of polyhedra. Perspective and drafting. Volume and surface area of simple polyhedra.**Unit 6. Data Analysis (3 Weeks).**Outcome**Review (1 Week).**

## Thinking Skills

Mathematics is not just a set of facts, it is a way of thinking. We will be working extensively on the following parts of the *problem-solving *process:

**Modelling & Visualizing**(‘How can I represent this situation algebraically/geometrically?’)**Deduction**(‘How do I use what I know to figure out what I don’t know?’)**Estimation**(‘Is my answer reasonable?’)**Communication**(‘How can I convince another person that I am correct?’)

## Assessment & Evaluation

The evaluation philosophy of this class is that your grade should represent your learning *and nothing else*. Homework completion will be checked regularly and recorded, but will not count as part of your grade. All marks (including homework records) will be made available 24/7 to students and parents at engrade.com.

- Final Exam (no retakes): 20%
- 1 Midterm (no retakes): 10%
- 5 Unit Tests (retakes allowed): 30%
- Weekly quizzes (retakes allowed): 20%
- Projects (resubmissions allowed): 20%