What is Geometry?
Geometry is a branch of math that focuses on shapes and the various properties that are associated with them. There are two forms of shapes that this discipline focuses on. Plane geometry focuses on the flat two-dimensional shapes that we can easily draw on paper. Solid geometry is a bit more complex as it focuses on the dynamics of three-dimensional objects. Besides the shapes themselves, geometry can be used to better understand the space within or just outside of a shape. The applications of this form of math has a high level of relevance to our everyday world. We can use it to understand the dimensions of things outside of our world and we can also use it to build sturdy structures like our homes or school buildings. Anyone who designs materials in the real world or virtual world (computer) constantly uses geometry to provide everything they design with symmetrical and well-defined proportions. Geometry is used to help us understand what material to use when we want to create just about anything. If we want to sell the product that we create, it is also used to design the packaging for that product. It is used to determine the optimal number of parking spots in a car parking lot and then direction in which traffic should flow for the highest level of safety. When students encounter this branch of mathematics for the first time, they often do not see the relation to things that they have learned in the past. For this reason, I often find it to be a more polarizing form of study for students.