# Mathematics

The mission of the Maumee Valley Math department is to provide our students with a solid base of mathematical knowledge based on a sound sense of mathematics developed in a cooperative atmosphere of active exploration and constructivist learning.  We will develop persistent and confident students who use multiple strategies to solve real-world problems, effectively communicate their logical solutions, and understand math’s global impact and importance.

• ## Math 7

Seventh-grade math students solidify their arithmetic skills, before progressing to introductory algebraic concepts.  This course aims to provide students with a solid base of algebra and number skills developed in a cooperative atmosphere of active exploration. Students will solve real-world problems and communicate their solutions so that they understand Algebra’s global impact. Examples of projects may include applying scale proportions and conversions to make a US map, a slope project to create a stained glass window out of linear equations, and a service project to help our school where students calculate the slope of the MV ramps and compared them to the standards set by the American Disabilities Act.  Students are exposed to algebra topics such as linear equations and inequalities, as well as an introduction to exponents and their functions. Overall, students obtain a well-rounded grasp of linear equations which they will to apply during our second year of the course to quadratic functions, geometry, and statistics.
• ## Algebra 7

Algebra 7 is offered to students in the seventh-grade as an accelerated Algebra I option during the first year of Middle School.  As the language through which most of mathematics is communicated, Algebra I begins to provide a means of operating with the concepts of variables, expressions, equations, inequalities, matrices, and relations. The skills taught in this course lay the foundation for upper-level math and science courses and have practical uses. The
concept of function is emphasized throughout the course. Some topics include:
operations with real numbers, linear functions and inequalities, relations, solving
systems of linear equations and inequalities, and quadratic functions, factoring and
equations. Algebra I provides students with the required depth of knowledge in the
language of mathematics. A student who is familiar with the terms of mathematics in
Algebra I will be well-positioned to succeed in subsequent years. Emphasis is
placed on knowledge of the language as well as computational skills. Students are
assessed through traditional quizzes and tests, as well as through projects and other
individual and group work.
• ## Math 8

In eighth grade, students are challenged to deepen their critical thinking skills through complex problem solving and open-ended questioning. Students will refine their algebraic skills, and utilize their understanding of functions to apply mathematical skills in solving real-world problems. The year will include an intense study on linear equations, systems of equations and inequalities, as well as an introduction to exponents, polynomials, and quadratics. Instructions include hands-on learning in projects such as making a scaled blueprint using proportions and conversions, in addition to creating an abstract drawing using linear equations. These multiple representations will help students build their confidence and ability to apply algebraic knowledge into upper-level math courses.
• ## Geometry 8

In Geometry 8, students are immersed in mathematics that deals with the understanding of the world around them by using measurement, properties, relationships of points, lines, angles,
surfaces, and solids. Students use real-world applications, hands-on activities, and
technology along with the traditional paper/pencil instruction. Emphasis is placed
on knowledge of the language as well as computational skills. Students will be
assessed through traditional quizzes and tests, as well as through projects and other
individual and group work.
Maumee Valley Country Day School is the only age 3 - 12th grade accredited, co-educational, independent school in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.