Geometry

Taught by Helen Li

  • This is a full year course in Geometry
  • Prerequisite: Mastery of basic math skills (see list below) and completion of Algebra I 
  • Assessment Test and Parent Questionnaire required prior to beginning (see below for links)

This high school tutorial will introduce students to logic as the basis of formal and informal proofs. Since topics build upon one another, students will need to strive for mastery and retention of concepts. Periodic reviews of algebraic skills are included in the curriculum. The class will proceed at a solid pace in order to cover the material while only meeting for three hours each week. Therefore, good homework habits will be necessary in order for students to keep up with the class. 

PREREQUISITES

Following is a list of pre-Algebra math skills that should be fully mastered before taking a high school math course. The ones in the "critical" list are often inadequate in homeschooled students:

CRITICAL SKILLS

  • Basic multiplication facts with some speed (through 12’s)
  • Order of operations
  • Fractions: performing all 4 operations; converting to mixed numbers and decimals
  • Decimals: performing operations; rounding; conversion to fractions; terminating vs. non-terminating
  • Percents
  • Setting up proportions (e.g. in word problems)
  • Exponents: evaluating; performing operations
  • Area, perimeter/circumference, volume

IMPORTANT SKILLS

  • Unit conversions (simple)
  • Computing simple averages
  • Working with the concept of rates (e.g. price per lb., speed, etc.)
  • Word problems with any of the above

ASSESSMENT AND QUESTIONNAIRE

An assessment test of previous math skills and a parent questionnaire are required before students may enter this course. 

BOOK

Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding, 3rd edition (Hardcover), by Harold R. Jacobs
  Publisher: W.H. Freeman
  Publication Date: May 14, 2003 | ISBN-10:0716743612
ISBN-13: 978-0716743613