Course Name Geometry
Credit Hours 3 Credit Hours
Room Number(s) Room 123
Teacher Sam Sturm
Contact Information Samuel.Sturm@mpls.k12.mn.us
Available: 3:10-4:30pm M, W, F, and by appointment
Course Description/Purpose This course uses a discovery approach to learn geometry. The
student will learn to read problems, interpret them
mathematically, and then communicate the results. The student
will also investigate and learn basic geometric concepts such as
properties of shapes and figures, constructions and theorems.
UNITS OF STUDY:
· Geometric Art
· Introduction to Geometry and Definitions
· Inductive and Deductive Reasoning
· Geometric Constructions
Line and Angle Properties
· Polygon Properties
· Circle Properties
· Pythagorean Theorem
· Geometry as a Mathematical System
Some Transformations & Tesselations
Course Goals/Learning 1. Calculate measurements of plane and solid geometric figures.
2. Construct logical arguments, based on axioms, definitions and
theorems, to prove theorems and other results in geometry.
3. Know and apply properties of geometric figures to solve real-
world and mathematical problems and to logically justify results
4. Solve real-world and mathematical geometric problems using
algebraic methods. (Including using application, analysis,
synthesis and evaluation.)
Prerequisites Algebra 1 or Teacher Recommendation
Technology Use Cell phones and personal electronics will not be a part of our
daily instruction. Thus, students are expected to turn-off their
cell phones and put away their ipods, etc before they enter the
classroom. Texting will not be permitted. All electronics will be
turned into the office and will be subject to school electronic use
Students are expected to use the Portal to look up grades &
missing assignments & keep apprised of their progress in class.
include a calendar with assignments and tests, links to textbooks,
agendas and more!
Required Textbook: Key Curriculum Press’ Discovering
Textbooks/Equipment Geometry, 2008 edition.
Available online at www.keymath.com.
Students are expected to bring a math notebook, pencil, and
textbook to class every day. In addition, students are expected to
bring a scientific (or graphing) calculator as well as a compass
each day. Calculators and compasses are not provided to students
in class…each must bring his or her own. Some assignments
require use of straightedges, protractors, scissors, and colored
pencils. These materials are provided.
Classroom Classroom Conduct
All students must respect each other’s right to learn. If a
student’s behavior inhibits another student(s) from learning, the
teacher will determine the appropriate disciplinary action.
Teacher will follow the Minneapolis discipline policy, including
no use of personal electronics in the classroom.
Attendance and Make-up Work
If a student is absent on the day of a test, he/she will be able to
take a make-up the test after school — not during class.
For each day absent, students have one school day to make-up an
assignment and earn full credit. Homework may be turned in up
to one week late with a penalty. After one week, assignments
will not receive any credit. Check Mr. Sturm’s school webpage
to see assignments and notes that you missed on days absent.
Grading Scale Grading Category Weights
Assessments GRADE PERCENT 25% Assignments &
A 93 Participation
A- 90 75% Tests, Quizzes,
B+ 87 and Projects
F Below 60
To improve your grade:
1. Read the section we will be covering BEFORE you come to
2. Pay attention, stay on task, and do not chat with friends (or
text, or play games) during the lesson.
3. Remember, credit will be given for the work you show.
This means that each problem should show step-by-step
solutions and work, leading up to your final answer.
4. Complete ALL assignments. We will have assignment
checks – some may be spot checks, some may be like open-
5. If there is something you don’t understand, ask the teacher!
Mr. Sturm is available during Make-up/Help times: 3-4:30
pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; other times by
6. Do some math EVERY NIGHT! Even if you finished up
your assignment at school, do at least one of each kind of
problem or exercise AT HOME THE SAME DAY! It must
be the same day to help move the info from short term to
7. Study for the quiz! The way to study for a quiz is not to just
read over the notes. DO problems!!!
Student Code of Conduct All students are expected to adhere to the Southwest High School
and Minneapolis District Citywide Discipline Policy, designed to
promote a safe and respectful learning environment. For more
information about your rights and responsibilities consult your
Southwest Student/Parent Handbook.
Academic Integrity: It is expected that members of this class will observe strict policies of
Plagiarism/Consequences academic honesty and will be respectful of each other. Any instances
in which cheating, including plagiarism and unauthorized use of
copyrighted materials, computer accounts, or someone else’s work is
determined, will be referred to Student Services and will be
investigated to its full extent.
Find a definition of plagiarism on page 10 of the Student Handbook.