2Some things you may not know about the subject… Math is a tool, what you learn in math class is how to use a tool.Ancient people invented math to help them survive and succeed in life.The language is unique. Like anything else, we need to develop vocabulary to help us use math.The math you learned in the past, you will use again. The math you learn this year, you will use again.Anyone can learn math, if they have the right mindset.
3Why doesn’t it make sense? Much of what you learn in junior high math is just the basics, the ABC’s of algebra.It may feel completely random at times. However, I promise you’ll use EVERYTHING you learn this year again.Putting your personal best into this class will keep doors open for you. Don’t shut doors before you know what’s on the other side!
4What supplies do you need? pencils eraser (about $15) spiral notebook 2 pocket folder calculator – TI-34II (optional) agenda – every day!
5How can you or your parents get in touch with me? My name: Mrs. MontgomeryMyMy conference period: 10:30 – 11:00 amMy phone number:Our Website:
6How will you be graded? 70% assessments Weighted averages70% assessmentsprogress checks, quizzes, tests, vocabulary30% participationhomework and activities
7A word about assessments You will know at least 5 days in advance of end of unit assessments. Quizzes and other assessments may be short notice.You will be successful on all assessments if you are organized in your work and in your folder, if you complete your notes and assignments, and if you seek help when needed.
8Will be offered occasionally please do not rely on it! Extra CreditWill be offered occasionally please do not rely on it!
9What resources are available to help you? BlackboardAssignments and worksheetsExtra help through links to the internetOverview and Vocabulary for each unitRemind 101Please refer to your handout for instructionsThis is for you and your parentsBefore and After SchoolTBD
10The hardest work has already been done for you! REMEMBER!You are learning an ancient language!The hardest work has already been done for you!Here are some of the amcients you will learn from in Math 8 in the 21st Century…
11points, lines, constructions EuclidBorn: about 325 BC Died: about 265 BC in Alexandria, EgyptWroteThe ElementsStudied geometrypoints, lines, constructions
12PythagorasBorn: about 569 BC in Samos, Ionia (Greek) Died: about 475 BC Studied properties of numbers such as even and odd numbers, triangular numbers, perfect numbers etc. Also created the Pythagorean theorem
13DescartesApplied algebra to geometry. His work had a great influence on both mathematicians and philosophers.
14Do you have questions? Please make this a great year for everyone…. Most of the time other people have the same question you do. If no one asks, many people remain confused. It is important to respect each other and don’t make someone feel bad about speaking up.Please make this a great year for everyone….ask questions!