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Tools for understanding mathONLINE COURSES IN MATH

Geometry

—with an option for honors-level geometry

In geometry, many students recognize for the first time the beauty and power of logic. They also discover a new and practical application for the algebra they've already learned. In geometry, students create chains of reasoning, often using simple algebra to build knowledge from just a few givens — and the power of math becomes obvious.

Equally important, when solving geometric problems, students practice skills important for understanding the world:

  • Corresponding anglesdeductive reasoning;
  • spatial understanding;
  • problem-solving.

Along the way, they strengthen a variety of mental muscles like visualization and sustained concentration.

Course content

Geometry is a fast-paced yet focused study that emphasizes the math topics and operations most frequently encountered in other high school courses — like chemistry and physics. The course also addresses topics that frequently appear on standardized tests like the SAT and ACT.

The instructor will periodically assess the students with regular examinations.

Homework usually requires roughly 3.5 hours per week.

Materials to purchase

Students will required to purchase these texts:

  • Jacobs Third EditionGeometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding by Harold R. Jacobs. Third edition. — Please note: The cover of your text may bear an image different from the one shown here; the key is to locate the words Third Edition just below the title.
       One benefit of this text is that it reviews in abundance algebraic concepts; students in this course are regularly assigned problems from these sections.
  • Jacobs Third EditionPerplexors: Level D
    MindWare (orientaltrading.com)

Additional materials your student will need:

  • For Notes, Homework, Tests & Quizzes, Reports: a 3-ring binder with loose leaf paper, graph paper, and section dividers.
  • A compass, straight edge, and protractor.
  • A scientific calculator. Here's a nice one:
    Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS Scientific Calculator

Topics covered

Among the geometry topics covered:

  • Shapes & angles
  • Constructions
  • Postulates, theorems, and axioms
  • Congruence
  • Inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Area, perimeter, circumference
  • Inequalities
  • Transformations
 

NEW: Open for registration


FALL 2021 – SPRING 2022
All sessions live & interactive
Students attend two classes
per week, beginning August 31:
Tuesdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Thursdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
To register a student, click here:
Register for Geometry
Instructor: Diane Speed
To contact the instructor, click here.
Fee for entire year: $ 990.
Please note: At registration, you will pay
the fee for the fall semester ($ 495.); for the
winter-spring semester we will invoice you,
with payment due by September 1, 2021.

Our approach to ...

Math

All too often high school mathematics divides students into those who are "good" at math and those who aren't. — Not at the HS College-Bound. Our classes will engage even the most reluctant budding mathematician.

Math at HS College-Bound is designed to build skills applicable to science as well as those found on standardized tests. In addition, our content is aimed at demystifying seemingly advanced topics while bringing real meaning to the concepts covered in traditional high school math. As a result, math features prominently among our liveliest, most engaging classes. Math is explored actively, with a spirit of genuine intellectual curiosity. Rather than rote learning resulting on one "right" way to solve problems, students share ideas and approaches while investigating real-world math through word problems. Our content is aimed at helping students think mathematically and develop logical reasoning skills.

  • Homework and classwork require the student to apply mathematical reasoning to solve problems — the same skills necessary for answering questions on standardized tests.
  • Homework problems require students to apply concepts that include previously learned content; students build their math vocabulary and learn to speak in the language of mathematics — a skill foundational to the physical sciences.

 

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Email us at info@hscollegebound.com