Unit 8, Lesson 2, Grade 8 icon
Unit 8, Lesson 2

Side Lengths and Areas

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In this lesson, students learn about square roots. The warm-up helps them see a single line segment as it relates to two different figures: as a side length of a triangle and as a radius of a circle. In the next activity, they use this insight to estimate the side length of a square via a geometric construction that relates the side length of the square to a point on the number line, and verify their estimate using techniques from the previous lesson. Once students locate the side length of the square as a point on the number line, they are formally introduced to square roots and square root notation.

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