Welcome to the 3rd Trimester!!

“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur…Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made.  Don’t look for the big, quick improvement.  Seek the small improvement one day at a time.  That’s the only way it happens---and when it happens, it lasts.” - John Wooden

Why do we study geometry anyway?!

Simply put, geometry is the study of the size, shape and position of 2 dimensional shapes and 3 dimensional figures. However, geometry is used daily by almost everyone. In geometry, one explores spatial sense and geometric reasoning. Geometry is found everywhere: in art, architecture, engineering, robotics, land surveys, astronomy, sculptures, space, nature, sports, machines, cars and much more.

When taking geometry, spatial reasoning and problem solving skills will be developed. Geometry is linked to many other topics in math, specifically measurement and is used daily by architects, engineers, architects, physicists and land surveyors just to name a few. In the early years of geometry the focus tends to be on shapes and solids, then moves to properties and relationships of shapes and solids and as abstract thinking progresses, geometry becomes much more about analysis and reasoning.

Geometry is in every part of the curriculum K-12 and through to college and university. Since most educational jurisdictions use a spiraling curriculum, the concepts are re-visited throughout the grades advancing in level of difficulty. Typically in the early years, learners identify shapes and solids, use problem solving skills, deductive reasoning, understand transformations, symmetry and use spatial reasoning. Throughout high school there is a focus on analyzing properties of two and three-dimensional shapes, reasoning about geometric relationships and using the coordinate system. Studying geometry provides many foundational skills and helps to build the thinking skills of logic, deductive reasoning, analytical reasoning and problem solving to name just a few. 

-- http://math.about.com/od/geometry/a/whygeom.htm     

Mission For The Class
Not only are my students going to grow in their mathematic knowledge, but they are going to be creative, organized, independent and learn to become confident in their abilities.

Materials for Geometry
Please make sure you have these special items for Geometry this year:
    -Graph Paper 
    -Protractor (please make it a sturdy one, cheap is VERY hard to use!)
    - Compass
    - Ruler
    - Calculator (TI-83/84 as that's what MCA has on the test for use!)
     - We will be using home internet most nights (about 30 minutes)
       for this class, so please let me know if this is going to be an issue. 
Summer Math
It's going to be important to come in with your Algebra skills, so don't lose them! Geometry is NOT totally separate from Algebra I. There will be a lot of solving quadratic equations, factoring (both with leading coefficient being 1 and anything other than 1), solving with square roots, multiplying polynomials (FOIL), graphing, manipulating equations, etc. These were just a few of them. So yes, it's very important to keep up on the Algebra I skills for Geometry! Here are a few things you can do:

1. Create a Khan Academy Account and work on Algebra I skills!! (Best option)
2. Go to www.kutasoftware.com and go to free worksheets to practice the Algebra I concepts. 

Each student and family is different but I'd practice these skills for 20 minutes every other day just to keep up on your math skills!

Contact Information
Mr. Rasmussen
Phone: (651) 425-6507