Year 1 unit
This course uses a problem-based curriculum that enables students to investigate and prove geometric concepts. Topics include distance in a coordinate plane, the Pythagorean Theorem, angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, planes, vectors, properties of triangles, properties of quadrilaterals, regular polygons, transformations, congruence, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, circles, area, perimeter, volume, and surface area. Proficiency in basic algebra is expected and necessary. Geometry students are active learners, engaging the problem-solving skills learned in Algebra I. The course stresses the connections between algebra and the geometric topics covered. Each student develops the practice of self-assessment so that she is better able to critique her understanding. Class discussion centers around problem sets, and students employ graphing calculators, dynamic computer software, the Internet, and journals as tools in the learning process.
Prerequisite: Algebra I (M-125)
Open to: 9/10/11