Course Description: What Is This Class About?

Geometry originated from a need to measure land to set boundaries. Geometry evolved into the study of 1, 2, and 3 dimensional objects, the measurements of those objects, and the relationships between those objects and their measurements. This course uses real-world problem situations to lead to an understanding of abstract mathematical concepts of shape and their applications. The course involves cooperative problem solving which can teach social skills useful in life.

Geometry is covered in one year in a 5 credit course that satisfies the state graduation requirement for Geometry.

Rationale: Why is it Important To Learn This?

Geometry develops the portions of the brain that deal with visualization in space, problem solving, logical skills, and analytic thinking. Although such skills are useful in many careers (e.g. design, construction, engineering, higher forms of math, cabinetry, carpentry and more), development of the skills needed to work with others and of general problem solving skills is likely to be useful in many areas of life.

Prerequisites: What do I need to know before taking Geometry?

Passed Algebra 1

Course Goals: What Are We Going To Do In This Class?

  • Analyze characteristics and properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes and develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships
  • Specify locations and describe spatial relationships using coordinate geometry and other representational systems
  • Apply transformations and use symmetry to analyze mathematical situations
    Use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems

Students will be graded on classwork, homework, quizzes, tests, and, if applicable, Cognitive Tutor (online drill work and practice portion of the class).