Math 8 Syllabus (Fall 2014)

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:, accessible also through the FH Collins homework website.


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 spaces. Communicating (and mis-communicating) data.  Probability of independent events.
  • 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

  • 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%