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Below you will find the Course Orientation for Honors Geometry as well as a brief outline of the units we will cover this semester.
The Hart Interactive curriculum we are using this year was modified from the Engage NY curriculum.  Check out their website for additional materials and answers to the homework questions.  Use this as a resource, not a crutch.
Module 1 - Congruence, Proof, and Constructions
Topic A - Basic Constructions.  In this Unit you'll synthesize our knowledge of geometric terms with the use of new tools and simultaneously practice precise use of language and efficient communication when you write the steps that accompany each construction.
Check out this website for help with the constructions we've learned in class.
Topic B - Unknown Angles.  These exercises consolidate your prior body of geometric facts and prime your reasoning abilities as you begin to justify each step for a solution to a problem.  To be successful in the section you need to know more than angle pairings and relationships.  You need to be able to apply that knowledge to complicated problems and justify your steps with sound geometric logic.  Necessary algebra skills include: solving linear and quadratic equations as well as solving systems of equations.
Topic C - Transformations/Rigid Motions.  With the help of manipulatives in Math 8, you observed how reflections, translations, and rotations behave individually and in sequence.  In this class we will formalize transformations by clear definitions and more in-depth exploration. 
Topic D - Congruence and Proofs.  The concrete establishment of rigid motions allows proofs of facts formally accepted to be true.  With a solid understanding of how transformations form the basis of congruence, you'll next examine triangle congruence criteria.
Topic E - Proving Properties of Geometric Figures.  Here you'll use what you have learned in Topics A through D to prove properties - those that have been accepted as true and those that are new - of parallelograms and triangles.