Honors Geometry

Mr. Hartzer (Ms. Khalil) / Western International High School


Geometry (Michigan Student Edition), Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2006

Course Description

Geometry is the mathematical study of shapes and the relationships between them. This course focuses on the basic principles of geometry and trigonometry, with the goal of aiding student mastery in the application of these principles in the real world. With the aid of geometry, students will come to understand how real world objects can be seen in terms of their basic lines, angle, and other relationships.
For the second half of the year, the topics to be covered include: Basic trigonometry, the laws of sine and cosine, the properties and area of quadrilaterals, circles, rhombi, rectangles, and other basic shapes, and the volume of solids.
For this honors course, we anticipate completing the textbook by the end of the year. In addition to the final comprehensive exam at the end of each semester, there will be an exam after each of the thirteen chapters. In general, there will be a warm-up exercise and a homework assignment each day. Students are responsible for completing all assignments in a timely fashion.

Classroom Guidelines

These are the basic guidelines of this classroom while class is in session:
  1. No food or drinks in the classroom. This refers to open containers, and includes anything intended to be eaten, including candy, or drunk, including water.
  2. Students are to be seated at (not on) a desk unless instructed to do otherwise. Under no circumstance is a student to leave the classroom without explicit permission from the teacher.
  3. Students are expected to bring all materials to class. This includes their book, appropriate writing implements, paper, and their binder. Pencils are very strongly preferred over pens.
  4. All persons in the class are expected to treat each other with respect. Speak in turn, when called on, or when presenting; do not speak over each other. Discrimination, teasing, and violent acts or threats are never appropriate and may result in particularly strong disciplinary action.
  5. Electronics which serve to distract students from their task of learning geometry are not allowed. There is to be no texting, no playing of games, no phone calls, and so forth, without explicit prior permission from the teacher.
NOTE: Students may play music for their own entertainment through earbuds during individual work time as long as the volume is low enough not to distract others and as long as it is an aid to concentration. Students must silence these devices during lectures, presentations, and when otherwise instructed to do so. Abuse of this privilege will result in its loss, either for individual students or for the entire class.
The purpose of these guidelines is to foster an environment where students can learn in a comfortable space without distractions. It is hoped, and has been observed, that students will generally realize the value of these guidelines and strive to observe them.
Students will be expected to adhere to guidelines. Students who choose to ignore these guidelines could face disciplinary action, including:
  1. In-class detention: Students will spend a portion of their lunch period in the classroom, performing basic tasks.
  2. A phone call to the parent or guardian.
  3. Commencement of potential suspension proceedings through the school administration.
The nature and degree of the consequence is at the discretion of the teacher.
Grades will be based on test scores, homework, in-class assignments, participation, the completion of the binder, and extra credit assignments. Progress reports will be given on a regular basis so that students can keep track of their grade; these progress reports are intended to reflect a snapshot of the student’s current standing, and are meant to encourage students to make up lapses before they’re too far behind. Students in this course are expected to maintain at least a C-average.


Students are expected to maintain a binder for this class. The binder shall consist of five clearly separated and labeled sections: Warm-up activities, class notes, homework, quizzes/tests, and group/in-class work. This binder will be collected on a regular basis for review.
Students will be provided a calculator for in-class use. For this course, students will need access to a scientific calculator that provides basic trigonometric functions; during class, an appropriate calculator will be provided. For homework, students should note that such calculators are readily available online or as free cell phone apps, if an actual dedicated calculator is not available to them.
Students have been assigned books for use in both class and home, and are responsible for these books.

Tardiness and Truancy Policy

For full mastery of any subject, it is important that students are present both physically and mentally as much as possible. This means that students should come to class on time and prepared to learn. Attendance and tardiness will be tracked and tallied, and problems which are identified can result in disciplinary action, including discussion with parents. Students should also recall that positive class participation, including coming to class on time, can have a positive impact on their grade.
However, it is acknowledged that events may lead to absences. Students are encouraged to submit appropriate notes to the teacher when absences do occur. There is a class binder for students to refer to in order to catch up on missed assignments. Additionally, assignments will be posted daily on Hero's Garden (parents are also welcome to visit this site if they’d like to be involved with their student’s progress).

Final Note to Students

Assignments are most effective when they’re completed shortly after the corresponding lecture and group work. They should not be seen as a chore, but rather as an opportunity to practice and master important skills.
It is my goal that work be of a level that’s suitably difficult for an honors course; if you feel that an assignment is too onerous or too simple, please consider discussing this with me one-on-one. I especially welcome students who seek out an additional challenge, beyond the course requirements; course requirements should be seen as minimum expectations, and I challenge each of you to reach beyond those minimums to rise to your own level of success.
All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. – Swedish Proverb