
Re: Geometry #24
Posted:
Jun 19, 2013 7:07 PM



It would have been nice if the answer choices had a similarity symbol after each answer choice. I think most students equate AA, SAS, SSS, ASA with AA = AA, SAS = SAS, SSS = SSS, ASA = ASA (I'm using equals to represent congruent). The first answer makes sense, but choices 2 and 3 do not and therefore should be written as SAS~ or SSS~. With that said, there is nothing wrong with the question, but I doubt most of our students will answer it correctly as SAS~ and SSS~ appear infrequently in our study of similarity. But then again, the question is consistent with most of the exam (Read #38) where one minute concept that is given fairly little weight in the grand scheme of the curriculum appears on a high stakes exam. I guess it's my own fault, but median, the division postulate and overlapping triangles are not high on my list of priorities when I spend month after month teaching every possible proof that's ever been in existence. Good thing I emphasized the need to be an expert in the equation of a circle though. Steve Goldman Half Hollow Hills HS East Dix Hills, NY

