Geometry, by Ray C. Jurgensen, Richard G. Brown, John W. Jurgensen

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Geometry, by Ray C. Jurgensen, Richard G. Brown, John W. Jurgensen

Geometry, by Ray C. Jurgensen, Richard G. Brown, John W. Jurgensen

Geometry, by Ray C. Jurgensen, Richard G. Brown, John W. Jurgensen

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Geometry, by Ray C. Jurgensen, Richard G. Brown, John W. Jurgensen

An excelent book for learning geometry.

  • Sales Rank: #8115 in Books
  • Brand: Houghton Mifflin McDougal Littell
  • Model: 395977274
  • Published on: 2011
  • Ingredients: Example Ingredients
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.20″ h x 1.20″ w x 7.70″ l, 2.90 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 740 pages

Features

  • Has the odd numbered question answers in the back of the book.

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful.
Thorough, Systematic and Excellent (the review includes my rant about poor quality education)
By Gregory L. Egland
I have been teaching geometry for over thirty years. I’ve used this book or an earlier incarnation of it for most of that time. Although the book has it’s weaknesses, it is overall thorough and systematic. Negative reviews of this textbook are based primarily on a comparison of this book to watered-down texts now more popular with schools. I also tutor and one of my students explained to me that his school uses a different text, because that text concentrates on material covered on the SAT. I’ve had students who transfered to another school come back and tell me I made geometry unnecessarily complicated. His new school had an easier text. As another reviewer noted, the textbook committees of many schools are primarily concerned with protecting the reputation of the school by passing students and NOT with the education of the student. They perpetuate mediocrity. Better schools in my area use this textbook, but most often it’s only used for “honors” classes.

This is a difficult text, not because it’s a bad book, but because it presents a high quality, proof-based exposure to geometry. For years I’ve been hearing fellow educators tout how courses expose students to higher order thinking. The fact is, education in the United States, especially math education, does not expose students to higher order thinking, but substitutes mechanical processes for true understanding, and politically correct processes like projects and group work for rigor. Schools now use group tests and quizzes so students have a better chance of passing, not a better chance of learning. This begins back at the lowest levels of math education. Geometry is usually the first course of any sort where the student truly has to think. In algebra (not the way it should be taught, but the way it is taught), students memorize mechanical processes without understanding why the process works. If they remember the steps required for a particular type of problem, and get their arithmetic right, they get a correct answer. When a student creates a two-column proof in geometry, reasoning from limited information to a final conclusion, no teacher or text can teach a student to always get a right answer. Getting a right answer involves actual thought and may take time and repeated analysis.

Geometry is a language intensive branch of mathematics. If students don’t acquire the vocabulary of the study (definitions, postulates and theorems), they can’t “think” about the problem. It’s like trying to lear a foreign language without learning vocabulary. This book does a very good job of laying out this “vocabulary”, with a few exceptions.

The authors of the book have made the book weaker gradually over the last twenty years. I believe they have done so in an attempt to make the course easier. Unfortunately, they’ve merely muddied the water. Incongruities and inaccuracies have crept in over the years, but the text still remains the best available.

I suspect the publishers will be dropping this textbook from it’s catalog. It hasn’t been updated since 1999, although this is unclear. When I last checked with the publisher, they had not made any plans to update it. It is actually beneficial if they don’t update it, I suppose, since when they have in more recent years, the book has become of less quality.

Finally, if you have a child taking geometry with this book, count your blessings. Help your child to be successful by having them memorize the vocabulary, postulates and theorems as a first step to understanding. Additionally, encourage them not to give up and keep thinking.

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful.
I love this book
By MMP
I have taught Honors and College Prep Geometry with this book (and its previous edition) for sixteen years.
This year I tried a different book with one of my classes. I am begging to go back to this book.
This book does not have all the ‘bells and whistles’ of new Geometry textbooks. It doesn’t need them. My new textbook has powerpoint presentations, lesson planners, CD ROM testbanks, etc. Guess what? You can have them. They don’t present lessons in any manner I would present them, and the test banks don’t test the content of the chapter. In addition, I prefer to supplement lessons with my own real life examples and further explanations, not ‘canned’ material that is found in my current text and its technology.
A good teacher can take this book and raise the bar for academic excellence. No fluff, nothing watered down.
Newer is not better.
I know my students were given a mental workout-challenged themselves- and understood Geometry when I used this book. My classes will be going back to this book soon.
To the reviewers who say there aren’t enough examples, that’s the point! Geometry is about developing a skill. You can’t build a skill if everything is given to you. Push yourself a little harder, don’t be afraid to fail, and ask questions. That’s how you learn.
The one con is that test questions are not available on a modern CD ROM, eliminating the need to cut and paste (and not giving the ability to change test versions with a click of a button).
Still, the test questions supplied are fantastic.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Five Stars
By Bala Ramakrishna
My daughter found this book very useful.

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