The objectives in Middle School mathematics are the maintenance, expansion, and refinement of arithmetic skills; the acquisition of a comprehensive mathematical vocabulary, including terminology and symbolism; and an acquaintance with problem-solving techniques necessary for success in the study of algebra. An experiment-based, interdisciplinary math/science project is conducted second term, leading to the Middle School Math-Science Night when projects are exhibited.
Skills using arithmetic operations, including work with fractions and decimals, are refined and expanded. Geometry lessons include perimeter, area, and volume. Individual projects help students to realize the everyday use of mathematics outside the classroom. Text: Prentice Hall, Mathematics: Course 1.
The mathematics vocabulary continues to expand, and terms dealing with symbols and notation are presented. Estimation skills as well as fraction, decimal, and percent skills are reviewed and expanded. Measurement systems, number theory, geometry, ratio, proportions, and exponents are also studied. Positive and negative numbers and algebra are introduced. Text: Prentice Hall, Mathematics, Course 2.
Skills necessary for the understanding of algebra and more advanced arithmetic concepts are introduced. Work with rational numbers and variables leads to the use of algebraic expressions necessary for the solution of linear equations. Defining variables and building equations are applied to problem solving. The geometry unit revisits lines, angles, and triangles, and introduces perimeter, area and volume. Some concepts of elementary statistics are introduced.
Form II: Algebra I
In this course, students learn to solve systems of equations and linear and quadratic equations, aswell as learning to simplify, add, subtract,multiply, and divide polynomials. Other topicswe cover include graphing, slope, exponents, and square roots. Most topics include word problems with practical applications. Text: Addison Wesley, Algebra I, Classic Edition.