In this sixth grade class, students will build on the mathematical skills they learned in elementary school and prepare for pre-algebra the following year. Some topics include: reviewing division by whole numbers and by fractions, using chains of equivalent terms to write calculations in different ways, understanding ratios and rates, describing patterns with graphs, understanding negative numbers, using percentages, and analyzing mathematical data.
In this seventh grade class, students will prepare for algebra the following year. Some topics include: understanding advanced decimals and percentages, studying negative and positive fractions, describing mathematical and real-life situations using variables, understanding tables, graphs and equations, performing constructions and calculations with triangles, other polygons, and circles, determining scales and distances related to maps, using data and probability calculations to make predictions, and calculating the surface area and volume of various solids.
This course is offered to students who have completed pre-algebra, and is typically taken in 8th grade or 9th grade. Students in this course will learn to describe patterns using words, variables, and chains of equivalent terms, study the characteristics of irrational numbers, practice calculations with roots, differentiate between linear and exponential growth, as well as arithmetic and geometric sequences, and use the power properties to simplify expressions, write and solve equations and inequalities, and use quadratic functions.