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This is a free online course offered by the Saylor Foundation.'“Everything is numbers.” This phrase was uttered by the lead character, Dr. Charlie Epps, on the hit television show “NUMB3RS.” If everything has a mathematical underpinning, then it follows that everything is somehow mathematically connected, even if it is only in...
This is a free online course offered by the Saylor Foundation.
'“Everything is numbers.” This phrase was uttered by the lead character, Dr. Charlie Epps, on the hit television show “NUMB3RS.” If everything has a mathematical underpinning, then it follows that everything is somehow mathematically connected, even if it is only in some odd, “six degrees of separation (or Kevin Bacon)” kind of way.
Geometry is the study of space (for now, mainly two-dimensional, with some three-dimensional thrown in) and the relationships of objects contained inside. It is one of the more relatable math courses, because it often answers that age-old question, “When am I ever going to use this in real life?” Look around you right now. Do you see any triangles? Can you spot any circles? Do you see any books that look like they are twice the size of other books? Does your wall have paint on it?
In geometry, you will explore the objects that make up our universe. Most people never give a second thought to how things are constructed, but there are geometric rules at play. Most people never think twice about a rocket launch, but if that rocket is not launched at an exact angle, it will miss its target. A football field has to be measured out to be a rectangle; if you used another shape, such as a trapezoid, that would give an unfair advantage to one team, because that one team would have more space to work with.
In this course, you will study the relationships between lines and angles. Have you ever looked at a street map? Believe it or not, there is a lot of geometry on a map, as you will see from this course. You will learn to calculate how much space an object covers, which is useful if you ever have to, say, buy some paint. You will learn to determine how much space is inside of a three-dimensional object, which is useful for those times you are trying to fit four suitcases, three kids, two adults, and a dog into the back of your vehicle.
These are just some of the topics you will be learning. As you will quickly see, everything is not just numbers; it is also relationships. Even nature itself knows this. What did the little acorn say when it grew up? “Gee, I’m a tree!”'