In this episode you’ll learn about the Mathematics 8: Algebra I course of the Ron Paul Curriculum. This course is taught by Dr. Benjamin Richards and is targeted at 8th graders.

Mathematics 8: Algebra I Course Overview

Mathematics 8 is a first year algebra course which provides you with the necessary mathematical skills to succeed in advanced high school mathematics. Students will be taught to be both comfortable with advanced abstract concepts and proficient in applying those concepts to real-world problems.

In 8th grade, students will master the fundamentals of algebra including variables, factoring, functions, linear, quadratic and polynomial equations, graphing functions and inequalities, powers, roots and radicals, logarithms, algebraic fractions, and solutions to multiple equations. In addition, a number of fundamental geometrical concepts such as coordinate geometry, simple proofs and basic trigonometry will be introduced. Realistic problems provide you with proficiency in applying algebraic and geometric concepts.

After successfully completing 8th grade mathematics, students will have a solid mathematical foundation and be prepared to start Algebra II or Geometry and Trigonometry in high school. Grade 8 mathematics assumes that you are proficient in the basic arithmetic skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as fractions and decimals.

You can click here to learn more about this course and the Ron Paul Curriculum.

About the Instructor

Benjamin Richards200Dr. Benjamin Richards is the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade mathematics instructor for the Ron Paul Curriculum.

He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Covenant College in  Georgia. Then earned his master’s and PhD degrees in optical sciences from the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona for research performed in the area of semiconductor cavity quantum electrodynamics. He is now an engineer on the Advanced Concepts Team of the R&D division of a photovoltaics manufacturer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is married and has three young boys.

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