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Go Slightly Less Insane with TPS’s Geometry Courses

Have you ever had the desire to learn about polygons, trigonometry, and congruent triangles? Or perhaps you’ve been dying to know how to string theorems, definitions, and common notions into complex and intricate yet highly logical proofs.

Well, even if you haven’t and are yelling for end of the world to come and save you from math, geometry is still a required course in your middle to high-school career. Even if you don’t want to take geometry, it is still a required course to take to earn a high school diploma (or as a prerequisite to Algebra 2).

After experiencing the pain of letters being added to numbers in Algebra 1, Geometry comes next, with full sentences being added in addition. Fortunately for you, TPS has its own geometry courses—honors and standard—where you will not only learn all there is to know about geometric shapes and proofs but also learn it in a way that doesn’t motivate you to create a time machine for the sole purpose of strangling Euclid for having conceived such a subject.

Geometry is a fun course, however. And you will learn to appreciate how its complexity can apply to your daily school life.

As there are three instructors for Geometry, each teacher presents the material in a new and unique way.

In class, the instructor teaches topics such as reasoning and proofs, the different types of lines, congruency, polygons, quadrilaterals, similarity, transformations, all the different formulas for area and surface area and volume, and trigonometry. The most important skill set, though, is learning how to reason and prove different geometric propositions and principles. This skillset not only helps you with the SAT or ACT, but it also a good way to practice logical skills that could come handy in subjects such as writing.

Fortunately for the visual learners, Geometry is also a visual course (something Euclid would probably dispute). Applications such as Geometer’s Sketchpad are used, helping students complete assignments and gain a great understanding of the concepts taught by seeing them applied. In addition to the drawing tool, the Prentice Hall texts have been used as sources so far, though that will change next year as our wonderful geometry teachers update the courses.

The homework for the class ranges from four to six hours per week, depending on the topics covered and whether or not the students are reviewing for a test.

So while math might not be your favorite subject, Geometry is a useful tool, focusing on reasoning and proofs that will allow you not only to calculate area and volume (two very useful things that come up in everyday life more than you think), but will also help you organize your writing and arguments better.

As Mrs. Amy Reinhardt, one of the three instructors of the Geometry courses, says, “Be prepared to be challenged but also to have a great time learning! I am honored to be an instructor with TPS! It is such a wonderful environment where we can encourage each other in our faith as well as challenge students academically. The other math teachers are amazing! The TPS Math Department is the best I have had the privilege of working with!”

 

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