Two- and three-dimensional figures are studied in this course, with an emphasis on concrete, numerically based examples. Topics covered include area, volume, congruence, similarity, the Pythagorean Theorem, and trigonometric ratios. The ability to generalize and characterize a pattern algebraically from specific cases is developed. Students explore inductive and deductive reasoning patterns and begin to develop the ability to present mathematical arguments. Proof writing is not a major emphasis of the course. A new concept is presented almost daily. While many daily homework problems are similar to problems that have been worked through in class, others require students to apply what they know to new types of problems; the pace enables detailed discussion of all assigned homework problems. Algebraic topics are reviewed on an as-needed basis.
Open to: Sophomores