Mathematics / Year 8 / Number and Algebra / Linear and non-linear relationships

Curriculum content descriptions

Plot linear relationships on the Cartesian plane with and without the use of digital technologies (ACMNA193)

  • completing a table of values, plotting the resulting points and determining whether the relationship is linear
  • finding the rule for a linear relationship
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Linear equations,  Cartesian planes


Plotting linear relationships and examples of linear relations

This is a website designed for both teachers and students, which addresses content on plotting linear relationships from the Australian Curriculum for year 8 students. It contains material on plotting points on the Cartesian plane, working with tables of values, and looking at the gradient and the equation of a line. There ...


Burning Down

This resource is a web page containing a challenging problem solving task that requires an understanding of rate and proportion. It can be solved in a number of ways for example graphically, using fractions or equations and all involve reasoning. A printable resource and solution is also available to support the task. This ...


Linear Relationships (and how Maths can help you choose a great car) - Calculate

The activity has students collecting their own information from a well-known Australia car buying website and using this to find an estimated relationship between the ‘asking price’ for a used car and the distance it has traveled in kilometres.


Representing Patterns (Year 7) - Calculate

Patterns can be represented in several ways and this unit will explore five different representations.


8A02A Equations - Ochre Education

This unit of work focuses on equations. Students solve linear equations involving integers and rational numbers as coefficients and solutions, the unknown on one or both sides of the equation, expanding brackets and simplifying expressions on one or both sides of the equation including verifying solutions; solve pure quadratic ...


Work sample Year 8 Mathematics: Linear Relationships in the real world

This work sample demonstrates evidence of student learning in relation to aspects of the achievement standards for Year 8 Mathematics. The primary purpose for the work sample is to demonstrate the standard, so the focus is on what is evident in the sample not how it was created. The sample is an authentic representation ...


How many in the queue?

Students use visualising and movement activities to develop an understanding of the relationship between variables.


Graphs: Year 8 – planning tool

This planning resource for Year 8 is for the topic of Graphs. Students explore linear relationships in the context of the Cartesian plane using digital tools. Students will then go on to find the rule for a linear relationship and solve linear equations, both graphically and algebraically.


Graphs: formulas and variables

In this lesson, students use algebra and linear equations to model two real-world scenarios to find information to make the best choice. Students set the aim of saving for a mobile phone (or similar goal) and use linear equations to model the pay rates of two part-time jobs to help make the better decision. This lesson ...


The Geometry and Algebra of Honeycomb - Calculate

This integrated unit of work explores the amazing structures of honeycomb by examining the properties of regular and irregular polygons and polyhedra. Students then move on to solve problems using geometric and algebraic reasoning.


Algebra: Foundation to Year 9

This comprehensive resource describes the progression of algebra-related ideas and algebraic thinking. The resource demonstrates examples of relevant teaching strategies, investigations, activity plans and connected concepts in algebra including teaching and cultural implications.


Patterns and number facts: Year 8 – planning tool

This planning resource for Year 8 is for the topic of Patterns and number facts. Students bring together knowledge and skills on linear functions and relations and experiment with digital tools to investigate systematic variation of parameters to show the effect. Students cement their understanding of the 'm' and the 'c' ...


Mathematical modelling (Algebra): Year 8 – planning tool

This planning resource for Year 8 is for the topic of Mathematical modelling. Students model linear relationships to solve real-world applications that they can relate to, such as financial contexts (for example, pay rates for part-time work) or measurements (for example, cooking, constant speed and distance/time graphs, ...


TIMES Module 32: Number and Algebra: fractions and the index laws in algebra - teacher guide

This is a 24-page guide for teachers. This module extends the use of pronumerals to include algebraic fractions. It includes substitution, adding like terms, the use of brackets and multiplying terms, the use of algebra to describe number patterns and extending the use of the index laws. Algebraic notation is discussed.


Catalyst: Nautical Robots

How might you find out how much and where the Earth's oceans are warming? Watch the report by Ruben Meerman and discover how more than 3000 'nautical robots', known as argo floats, have been placed in the oceans to collect data on variations in temperature, pressure and salinity.


BTN: Calculating area using locust plagues

How many locusts in a plague? Find out just how big the threat of locusts can be and how farmers try to prevent the plagues from getting out of control. This clip provides context for a combination of area, area units and rate problems.


MathXplosion, Ep 50: How to use a tetrahedron to solve the tree problem

How can you place four trees exactly the same distance apart from one other? By making a model! By using miniature trees to make a model of the problem, it becomes clear that a 2D solution is impossible. We learn how objects can help us visualise the problem situation, which in this case requires a 3D solution: a tetrahedron.


TIMES Module 9: Number and Algebra: multiplication of whole numbers - teacher guide

This is a 23-page guide for teachers. This module contains a description of suitable models for multiplication, a discussion of the types of problems that require multiplication for their solution, and mental and written strategies for multiplication. The use of the commutative, associative and distributive laws is described. ...


TIMES Module 21: Number and Algebra: rates and ratios - teacher guide

This is a 17-page guide for teachers. This module introduces the idea of ratios and rates. Ratios are used to compare two quantities. The emphasis is usually on comparing parts of the whole. Rates are a measure of how one quantity changes for every unit of another quantity. It relates the ideas of ratios, gradient and fractions.


Plotting Points in a Quadrant

An animated tutorial demonstrating how to locate and plot points on the Cartesian plane, given coordinates. An interactive quiz is included.