Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: Grades 9–10; 11th–12th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
M/W/F 2:00 p.m. ET with Peter Bradshaw (Section Full: Join Waiting List)
New Placement Process: Click to Read
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
This is the course description, syllabus, and book list from the current academic year 2019-2020. It is provided for your reference, but new details for the 2020-2021 academic year will be forthcoming. It will be substantially similar to what you see here but can vary slightly from year-to-year and instructor-to-instructor. We will update this page as we receive the updated course materials from the instructor(s).
This course offers a study of geometry through the lens of Euclid’s epic work, the Elements. This text is not only a staple of Western thought, but also a work of art that presents the core of modern geometrical theorems and their proofs with creativity and insight. In this course, students will study the art of proof-writing and deductive reasoning; explore and apply theorems about triangles, parallelograms, circles, and magnitudes; and exercise their own creativity in combining Euclid’s geometry with modern algebra to solve problems and prove new theorems. We will then take the understanding gained from these proofs and apply it to solving geometric problems (provided by the second text). This extension of our study allows us to explore the application of the truths learned while studying and constructing the proofs.
The goal is to take students on a historical journey from Geometry as it was studied by Euclid to more modern applications of Geometry which they will see later in other math and science courses. This course is designed to increase students’ understanding of geometrical principles and expose them to the historical narrative from which modern geometry arose, interweave this historical narrative with application to modern geometry, as well as to strengthen their skills as independent mathematical thinkers.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
- This course is designed for students who have successfully completed a full study of Algebra 1.
High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in mathematics.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
- Course Texts:
• Euclid’s Elements with Exercises by Kathryn Goulding (ISBN: 978-0692925942)
• Geometry by Ray C. Jurgensen (ISBN: 978-0395977279) Also available in electronic format online for free if the physical textbook is too expensive
Other Required Materials:
• Digital writing tablet
◦ We recommend Wacom Intuos tablets
• Ruler, protractor, and compass (the circle drawing kind)
To facilitate class participation and collaboration, Schole Math students are asked to register for a free account with the virtual whiteboard tool Ziteboard. This virtual whiteboard is used for classroom group work, classwork, quizzes, and some homework assignments. This app enables students to use their digital tablet and pen to write on the shared whiteboard.
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Peter Bradshaw grew up on land in the warm chaparral of Southern California. He was introduced to the great works of the Western world through a Great Books program in high school. Peter studied English literature at Covenant College and hopes to complete his master’s through a distance program at New Saint Andrews College in the summer of 2020. Over the past 6 years since graduating from Covenant, Peter has taught a range of subjects. He particularly enjoys teaching literature, history, formal logic, and rhetoric. When not in the classroom, he enjoys painting, poetry, guitar, and watching the little unnoticed things of the world. He and his wife are expecting their first child at the end of March. He currently lives and teaches in Cairo, Egypt, and is planning on enrolling in a fluency of Ancient Greek program offered by the Polis Institute in Jerusalem in September 2020. E-mail: email@example.com
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
Digital Tablet: Using a digital tablet in class allows students to more fully engage the course content by working out math problems on the digital whiteboard. We recommend using a Wacom Intuos tablet like this one, though similar products may be used.
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