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8th grade is all about tackling the meat of algebra and getting exposure to some of the foundational concepts in geometry. If you get this stuff (and you should because you're incredibly persistent), the rest of your life will be easy. Okay, maybe not your whole life (no way to avoid the miseries of wedding planning), but at least your mathematical life. Seriously, we're not kidding. If you get the equations and functions and systems that we cover here, most of high school will feel intuitive (even relaxing). If you don't, well.. at least you have high school to catch up. :) On top of that, we will sharpen many of the skills that you last saw in 6th and 7th grades. This includes extending our knowledge of exponents to negative exponents and exponent properties and our knowledge of the number system to irrational numbers! (Content was selected for this grade level based on a typical curriculum in the United States.)
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### Estimating line of best fit

Lines are widely used to model relationships between two quantitative variables. In this tutorial, for scatter plots that suggest a linear association, we'll informally fit a straight line, and informally assess the model fit by judging the closeness of the data points to the line Common Core Standard: 8.SP.A.2