**WHAT
IS THE STUDY OF GEOMETRY?**

For hundreds of years
man has been studying Geometry. Ancient civilizations like the
Egyptians and the Babylonians discovered many properties through
actual measurements. However it is the Greek mathematician Euclid
who is credited with giving a completely new outlook to the
study of Geometry. He showed that all knowledge is not arrived
at by physical measurements. If some basic facts that seem simple
and obvious are accepted as true the remaining facts can be
arrived at by logical reasoning. Those facts which are to be
simply accepted are called 'postulates' and those which can
be questioned or proved are called 'theorems.'

**WHAT
IS THIS COURSE?**

This course, a prerequisite
for Mississippi graduation requirements, is a rigorous and in-depth
look at the study of "earth shapes". The pace is fast
moving and the student must keep up with studies continuously
to do well in this class.

Sometimes
a student who has done well in previous math classes finds geometry
a serious challenge. On the other hand, some students who have
previously struggled in mathematics find geometry "simple"
and do not struggle. Bloom's
Taxonomy provides insight into this phenomenon. Many times,
the "excellent" student is one who is a very good
memorizer, and even in Algebra, memorizing steps works very
well. For the first time in geometry, a student must truly start
"putting the pieces" of the puzzle together. Some
students have developed these skills already; some need to develop
the skills.

Whichever
the case may be for you , you can be assured that I will work
as hard, if not harder, than you to help you succeed in this
course. To this end, daily work, nightly study, and serious
attention to the requirements of this course can go far in assuring
your success.

Good luck in your
journey down the path of what I consider to be the most exciting
and useful mathematics couse taught in high school.

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