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The word "geometry"

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From: Suzanne (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Apr 06, 1998 at 18:12:10
Subject: Re: The word "geometry"


The word geometry comes from two Greek words, one meaning earth and the other 
meaning to measure. Originally, it was used in the measure of land, or as we would 
say today, surveying. 

Over time geometry has come to include many areas of study. The main areas of 
geometry in elementary, middle, and secondary schools are those of plane geometry
and solid geometry. The study of plane geometry includes points, lines, polygons, 
and circles on a flat surface. The study of solid geometry includes the shapes 
that are three-dimensional, such as cubes, prisms, cones, and others.  

I hope this has given you a bit of information.  


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