last updated 04/03/04



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.'


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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