Overview of Geometry

We hope this page will serve as a brief overview of the free geometry resources that we will be providing you. The first three points here provide you with a history and overview of geometry. We discuss some of the common challenges that students face—and also what they should expect to learn in their class. We have created more geometry resources based on the “what to expect” section of this overview. You can find those back on the free geometry resources page. Enjoy!

History of Geometry

Geometry is at its core the study of spatial relationships. Geometry is significant because it was one of two pre-modern forms of mathematics. Geometry’s roots may stem back nearly 5000 years to the ancient Babylonians, who studied angles, lengths, and areas. The Babylonians even understood the Pythagorean Theorem long before it was made famous. That’s a cool thing to remember when you are studying! Remember that the math you are doing has roots dating back thousands and thousands of years.

The Challenges of Geometry

We think that visualize learners have an easier time understanding geometry, which at its core is the study of space and shapes. Generally, we find that students have an easier time learning Geometry and a tougher subject such as Algebra. But some students do really struggle with Geometry. And we get it. It’s a really hard class, too. One of the most difficult things in geometry is proofs. These can be incredibly challenging to learn and especially to complete come final exam time. 

What to Expect for Geometry

We wanted to write this section to give you an idea of what different topics you might stumble upon in your Geometry class. We are going to be working diligently to create more resources for you centered around these areas. Off the top of our head, we would say that learning “transformations” is really important. These are asked about on many exams throughout Geometry. You will be expected to be proficient with transformations.

Transformations

Congruence & Similarity

Right Triangles

Circles

Proofs