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Teacher: Tom Robinson
Date/Time: Tuesday - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Room: 263
Department: Math
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

This Geometry class is a Derek Owens course taught by Tom Robinson.

This course will cover the topics normally covered in a high school geometry course.  This course is normally taken by students in grade nine or ten.  Students should have completed Algebra 1 before enrolling in Geometry.

The cost of the course is $88 per month for nine months.  Online course materials and videos of all class lectures will be provided online at no additional cost.

Lecture Notes and Class Time 

Class time will primarily be spent on instruction.  Students should bring their Student Workbook to each class.  During the lecture the students take notes and solve the example problems in the workbook.  Detailed instructions on ordering the Student Workbook from lulu.com will be provided. 

Videos of the lectures are also available online, and these videos go through the same lecture notes, point by point. Students use the videos to cover any material that time constraints did not permit us to cover in our weekly class. Or, if a student misses a class or needs to review the material, all of the course content is available online.

Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding by Harold R. Jacobs, 3rd Edition, published by W. H. Freeman, 2003.  This is an extremely readable and engaging math textbook.  The text emphasis Euclidean geometry and explains the importance of logical reasoning and proof in mathematics.  It has numerous practical and interesting examples and shows the many applications of geometry in the real world.  It also touches on some important topics in analytic geometry (geometry in the coordinate plane), a topic that is essential for much further study in mathematics.

Homework, Tests and Grades 
Students will be given specific assignments to do on their own each week. Assignments will consist of additional lectures delivered on the computer, problems to practice, and homework assignments that will be collected and graded.  To allow for the maximum amount of instructional time in class, tests will be given at home.  One final exam for each semester will be taken in class at the end of the semester.  Students will receive a numerical grade for each semester and for the year.  The grade is calculated based on tests, graded homework and the final exams.

Difficulty Level 
The question is often raised, "When should a student take Geometry?" Geometry is somewhat different from the other high school math courses.  The main sequence of algebra courses is typically, in order: Prealgebra -> Algebra 1 -> Algebra 2 -> Precalculus. Geometry, while certainly related, is somewhat unique, and can be considered separately from the sequence of algebraic math courses. Most schools place Geoemtry between Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 simply because it is generally a bit harder than Algebra 1 but not as difficult as Algebra 2.  This particular course is designed to be taken after Algebra 1.  The course assumes that the students know basic algebra, and it also incorporates an Algebra Review lesson in most chapters so students don't lose touch with their Algebra skills during a year in Geometry.

This class is offered simultaneously on two difficulty levels, regular and honors.  The lectures are the same for both.  The honors students will have additional homework problems that are more difficult, and on each test will have an extra page with more challenging questions.  Note that the honors class is not an AP class.  It is simply a more challenging version of the same course.  The goal is for the classes to closely correspond to "Regular Geometry" and "Honors Geometry" classes at a leading private school.  Students may decide whether they will take the regular or honors version of the course after the first few weeks of class.

Internet Access 
Access to a computer with a high speed internet connection is strongly recommended. Instructional materials such as lecture videos, lecture notes, homework assignments and tests will be available on the Derek Owens website.  Graded assignments and tests may also be returned via email in order to provide more timely feedback.  Progress reports will be updated and emailed to the parents regularly.

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