Geometry and Spatial Sense
- Grades 3-4
Spatial understanding is necessary for interpreting, understanding, and appreciating our inherently geometric world. Many everyday tasks such as designing a treehouse, solving a jigsaw puzzle, or laying out a garden require spatial reasoning abilities. This course will help you develop those abilities through discussions and hands-on investigations. You’ll explore mathematical relationships such as congruence, symmetry, and reflection; learn geometric formulas to calculate area, surface area, perimeter, circumference, and volume; and explain your findings using geometric terminology. You and your classmates will explore the geometric properties of regular polygons and create your own polyhedra using paper-folding techniques. By creating two- and three-dimensional drawings and physical models, you’ll study tessellations, similarity, measurement, polygons, and curved shapes. You’ll leave this course with a solid understanding of foundational geometry concepts and a well-developed spatial sense.
Typical Class Size: 12
- Demonstrate knowledge of geometrical vocabulary and how definitions for geometric figures can be developed
- Measure two and three dimensional figures
- Use measurement and geometric tools including protractors, rulers, and compasses
- Apply spatial reasoning abilities to determine the relationship between geometric objects
- Reason geometrically (e.g., if two angles meet on a straight line and one measures 60 degrees, what would the other angle measure?)
- Solve problems using analysis and measurement of geometrical objects
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Testing and Prerequisites
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
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About Mathematics at CTY
Explore the study of shapes
Many of our courses allow students to describe the world around them in basic and profound ways. Our younger students learn about shape, scale, and proportion in Geometry and Spatial Sense. Middle School students explore beautiful real-world applications of lines; analyze data based on curves that fit a uniform, symmetric and bell-shaped, or skewed pattern in Data and Chance. And advanced students explore the underlying mathematics and fundamental characteristics of shapes, distance, and continuous deformations in our proof-based Topology course.
Dive deep into logic and reasoning
Our courses in formal logic give you the tools to question the world around you. Inductive and Deductive Reasoning introduces younger students to different types of reasoning, as well as the strengths and weaknesses inherent in various forms of critical analysis. Older students explore how logical reasoning can explain (or fail to explain) counter-intuitive results in Paradoxes and Infinities, or take a more rigorous approach to formal logic in Mathematical Logic.