Unit 7 - Linear Functions (8th Grade)

Unit 7

In unit eight, functions are further explored, focusing on the study of linear functions. Students will understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations, and solve mathematical and real-life problems involving such relationships. Slope is formally introduced, and students work with equations for slope in different forms, including comparing proportional relationships represented in different ways (graphically, tabular, algebraically, verbally). 

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Linear Functions

Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations. Define, evaluate, and compare functions. 

MGSE8.EE.5 Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways.

MGSE8.EE.6 Use similar triangles to explain why the slope m is the same between any two distinct points on a non-vertical line in the coordinate plane; derive the equation y = mx for a line through the origin and the equation y = mx + b for a line intercepting the vertical axis at b.

MGSE8.F.3 Interpret the equation y = mx + b as defining a linear function, whose graph is a straight line; give examples of functions that are not linear.