Geometry and its Applications
|Years Of Operation||1999-2010|
|Sites Offered||ASU, BRI, BTH, CAL, CHS, EST, FRD, SCZ|
From the CTY Course Catalog (1999):
The word geometry literally means earth measurement. It is the branch of mathematics most strongly connected to the physical world. Therefore, it has many applications to problems encountered in every day life and every culture, past and present. Long before Pythagoras discovered his famous theorem, ancient Egyptians used geometry to form right angles and resurvey the Nile River Valley following the annual river floods. Today, NASA scientists use the same formulas and theorems as ancient cultures to determine the proper angles and arcs for the orbital paths of modern day telecommunications satellites.
In this course, students learn about geometric figures, properties, constructions, and proofs with an emphasis on their wide applicability in human activity. Concepts are studied in depth through practice exercises and problem solving activities. Students are exposed to many examples in which geometry is used in recreation, practical tasks, the sciences, and the arts. While this course covers conceptual material, the focus is on applying geometry to solve problems and the importance of mathematics to a wide range of disciplines and situations.