Level: Form IV (10th–12th grades)
In Geometry, students strengthen their mathematical reasoning skills in geometric contexts. The comprehensive content and varied real-life applications covered give students a strong mathematical foundation. This series introduces students to theory and application of formal and informal reasoning, as well as to synthetic, coordinate, and transformational approaches. This comprehensive course covers Points/Lines/Planes/Angles, Deductive Reasoning, Parallel Lines and Planes, Congruent Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Inequalities in Geometry, Similar Polygons, Right Triangles, Circles, Constructions and Loci, Areas of Plane Figures, Areas and Volumes of Solids, Coordinate Geometry, and Transformations. The course emphasizes logic and offers a good amount of worked-out examples, hands-on activities, real-world applications, exercises, chapter and mixed reviews, and a technology strand that includes calculator and computer applications for geometry. To continue kindling wonder and creative thinking, Mrs. Panam will supplement the traditional textbook approach by adding in substantial amounts of curated supplemental material for enrichment and extension, along with practice standardized test problems. These challenging problem-solving activities are integrated to help students hone their mathematical and critical thinking skills and apply concepts across a wide range of situations and scenarios.
Families should purchase the following required supplies:
- Ray C. Jurgensen’s Geometry (Houghton Mifflin) textbook—New or used is fine, but it must be the correct ISBN: 9780395977279. Since the book is out of print, BHSC has some copies available for purchase. Otherwise:
- A three-ring binder with lined/graph paper and dividers—or—a notebook (graphing or lined) with a 1.5″ binder (with lined/graph paper and dividers)
- Index Cards (about 100) and an index card holder/case
- Pencils & Erasers
- 1 black/blue and 1 red non-erasable pen
- A few colored pencils or colored erasable pens (optional, 3 colors other than black)
- A good quality compass & a protractor
- 1 ruler (a small one is fine)
- Graphing Calculator*
*Since graphing calculators are allowed and recommended for most standardized tests, it is advisable to invest in one. It is important for students to feel comfortable using one, especially on a timed exam. Recommended calculators can be found on the college board site here. Mrs. Panam prefers TI-89 and up (with CAS).