Eighth Grade Common Core Learning Standards
The Number System
Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational
1. Know that numbers that are not rational are called irrational. Understand informally that every
number has a decimal expansion; for rational numbers show that the decimal expansion repeats
eventually, and convert a decimal expansion which repeats eventually into a rational number.
2. Use rational approximations of irrational numbers to compare the size of irrational numbers, locate
them approximately on a number line diagram, and estimate the value of expressions
(e.g.,2). For example, by truncating the decimal expansion of2, show that 2 is between 1 and 2,
then between 1.4 and 1.5, and explain how to continue on to get better approximations.
Expressions & Equations
Work with radicals and integer exponents.
1. Know and apply the properties of integer exponents to generate equivalent numerical expressions.
For example, 32× 3–5 = 3–3 = 1/33 = 1/27.
2. Use square root and cube root symbols to represent solutions to equations of the form x2
= p and x3 = p, where p is a positive rational number. Evaluate square roots of small perfect squares
and cube roots of small perfect cubes. Know that 2 is irrational.
3. Use numbers expressed in the form of a single digit times a whole-number power of 10 to estimate
very large or very small quantities, and to express how many times as much one is than the other. For
example, estimate the population of the United States as 3 times 108 and the population of the world
as 7 times 109, and determine that the world population is more than 20 times larger.
4. Perform operations with numbers expressed in scientific notation, including problems where both
decimal and scientific notation are used. Use scientific notation and choose units of appropriate size
for measurements of very large or very small quantities (e.g., use millimeters per year for seafloor
spreading). Interpret scientific notation that has been generated by technology.
Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and
divide rational numbers.
Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations.
5. Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two
different proportional relationships represented in different ways. For example, compare a distance time
graph to a distance-time equation to determine which of two moving objects has greater speed.
6. Use similar triangles to explain why the slope m is the same between any two distinct points on a
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.
Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations.
7. Solve linear equations in one variable.
a. Give examples of linear equations in one variable with one solution, infinitely many solutions,
or no solutions. Show which of these possibilities is the case by successively transforming the
given equation into simpler forms, until an equivalent equation of the form x = a, a = a, or a = b
results (where a and b are different numbers).
b. Solve linear equations with rational number coefficients, including equations whose solutions
require expanding expressions using the distributive property and collecting like terms.
8. Analyze and solve pairs of simultaneous linear equations.
a. Understand that solutions to a system of two linear equations in two variables correspond to
points of intersection of their graphs, because points of intersection satisfy both equations
b. Solve systems of two linear equations in two variables algebraically, and estimate solutions by
graphing the equations. Solve simple cases by inspection. For example, 3x + 2y = 5 and 3x + 2y =
6 have no solution because 3x + 2y cannot simultaneously be 5 and 6.
c. Solve real-world and mathematical problems leading to two linear equations in two variables.
For example, given coordinates for two pairs of points, determine whether the line through the first
pair of points intersects the line through the second pair.
Define, evaluate, and compare functions.
1. Understand that a function is a rule that assigns to each input exactly one output. The graph of a
function is the set of ordered pairs consisting of an input and the corresponding output.
2. Compare properties of two functions each represented in a different way (algebraically,
graphically, numerically in tables, or by verbal descriptions). For example, given a linear function
represented by a table of values and a linear function represented by an algebraic expression,
determine which function has the greater rate of change.
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. For example, the function A = s2
giving the area of a square as a function of its side length is not linear because its graph contains the
points (1,1), (2,4) and (3,9), which are not on a straight line.
Use functions to model relationships between quantities.
4. Construct a function to model a linear relationship between two quantities. Determine the rate of
change and initial value of the function from a description of a relationship or from two (x, y) values,
including reading these a table or from a graph. Interpret the rate of change and initial value of a
linear function in terms of the situation it models, and in terms of its graph or a table of values.
5. Describe qualitatively the functional relationship between two quantities by analyzing a graph (e.g.,
where the function is increasing or decreasing, linear or nonlinear). Sketch a graph that exhibits the
qualitative features of a function that has been described verbally.
GeometryUnderstand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry
1. Verify experimentally the properties of rotations, reflections, and translations:
a. Lines are taken to lines, and line segments to line segments of the same length.
b. Angles are taken to angles of the same measure.
c. Parallel lines are taken to parallel lines.
2. Understand that a two-dimensional figure is congruent to another if the second can be obtained from
the first by a sequence of rotations, reflections, and translations; given two congruent figures, describe
a sequence that exhibits the congruence between them.
3. Describe the effect of dilations, translations, rotations, and reflections on two-dimensional figures
4. Understand that a two-dimensional figure is similar to another if the second can be obtained from the
first by a sequence of rotations, reflections, translations, and dilations; given two similar two dimensional
figures, describe a sequence that exhibits the similarity between them.
5. Use informal arguments to establish facts about the angle sum and exterior angle of triangles, about
the angles created when parallel lines are cut by a transversal, and the angle-angle criterion for
similarity of triangles. For example, arrange three copies of the same triangle so that the sum of the
angles appears to form a line, and give an argument in terms of transversals why this is so.
Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.
6. Explain a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem and its converse.
7. Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to determine unknown side lengths in right triangles in real-world
and mathematical problems in two and three dimensions.
8. Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system.
Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres.
9. Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres and use them to solve real-world
and mathematical problems.