Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding
Harold Jacobs's Geometry created a revolution in the approach to teaching this subject, one that gave rise to many ideas now seen in the NCTM Standards. Since its publication nearly one million students have used this legendary text. Suitable for either classroom use or self-paced study, it uses innovative discussions, cartoons, anecdotes, examples, and exercises that unfailingly capture and hold student interest.
This edition is the Jacobs for a new generation. It has all the features that have kept the text in class by itself for nearly 3 decades, all in a thoroughly revised, full-color presentation that shows today's students how fun geometry can be. The text remains proof-based although the presentation is in the less formal paragraph format. The approach focuses on guided discovery to help students develop geometric intuition.
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I am a Geometry teacher and have taught now from three different texts (McGraw-Hill, Glencoe and Jacobs). The Jacobs text surpasses the others in so many ways. His passion for the subject is infectious, he steps through every concept logically in small steps, and he uses liberal doses of humor. It is not a typical math text designed for rote learning. You cannot flip to the lesson and see a series of examples identical to the homework, which is why some tutors don't like it. This text was designed to teach students to reason and think. At that, it excels.
I have had my child come up to me and ask many questions on his homework. He complains that the book does not clarify and elaborate how to solve the problem. I majored in physics from Yale university. I now teach A.P calculus at my son's private school and have already been arguing about the usefulness of this book. If you are thinking of buying this book for your children, don't waste your money on this book.