Ch 25: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: History of Geometry

About This Chapter

In this chapter you will study the origins of geometry, contributions of Euclid and how geometry developed in different cultures around the world. Use these lessons to prepare for related questions on the MTEL: Mathematics/Science (Middle School) exam.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: History of Geometry - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our professional instructors will teach a series of lesson videos about the origins and history of geometry. After you watch these lessons, you should have a better understanding of:

  • The origins of geometry dating back to 2000 BCE
  • Life and achievements of Euclid
  • History and nature of Euclidean geometry
  • Euclid's axiomatic geometry and geometric postulates
  • How geometry developed independently in different cultures

These lesson videos are mobile device-friendly so that you can watch them at your own convenience, even when you are not at a computer. After these lesson videos, take the lesson quizzes to assess how much of the material you understand and discover topics you don't. From your quiz results, use the video tags to review the parts of the lessons that discussed the material you missed, so that you fortify your mastery over the material presented in the chapter.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: History of Geometry Objectives

Prospective teachers take the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL): Mathematics/Science (Middle School) exam to show that they possess the knowledge needed to teach the subjects of mathematics and science to middle-grade students. This computer-based certification exam is composed of a series of 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response assignments, administered in a four-hour testing session. Nine percent of the score from this exam is derived from questions in the subarea of Geometry and Measurement. When preparing for these questions, use this chapter to review the origins and development of geometry.

5 Lessons in Chapter 25: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: History of Geometry
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Geometry?

1. What is Geometry?

Geometry can be traced all the way back to 2000 BC. Watch this video lesson and learn how much geometry has grown over time, and how people from Egypt, Greece, and France have contributed to the geometry we now use today.

Who is Euclid? - Biography, Contribution & Theorems

2. Who is Euclid? - Biography, Contribution & Theorems

In this lesson, you'll explore the life and achievements of the Greek mathematician Euclid, and test your understanding about Ancient Greece, early math, and the principles of Euclidean geometry.

Euclidean Geometry: Definition, History & Examples

3. Euclidean Geometry: Definition, History & Examples

The lesson will explore the history and nature of Euclidean geometry, including its origins in Alexandria under Euclid and its five postulates. Its influence on the work of other mathematicians will also be covered.

Euclid's Axiomatic Geometry: Developments & Postulates

4. Euclid's Axiomatic Geometry: Developments & Postulates

Learn how the way we do proofs in geometry had its start with Euclid in this video lesson. Learn about his contributions to the geometry we know today. Also learn about the five basic truths that he used as a basis for all other teachings.

Development of Geometry in Different Cultures

5. Development of Geometry in Different Cultures

Geometry is the study of shapes and how they relate to each other, and people have been trying to understand it for thousands of years. In this lesson, learn about how geometry developed independently in several ancient cultures.

Chapter Practice Exam
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