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**Otsdarva****Member**- Registered: 2010-12-21
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Hey. I've always wanted to learn geometry by myself, but don't really know where to start. Somebody mind helping me out a bit? Books, websites, anything.

Thanks

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Otsdarva;

Do you have any questions that you would like to post? You know a geometry problem.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.**

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Otsdarva,

Start at http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/index.html

Then post to the help page when you get stuck.

Welcome to the forum!

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**Otsdarva****Member**- Registered: 2010-12-21
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bobbym wrote:

Hi Otsdarva;

Do you have any questions that you would like to post? You know a geometry problem.

I just want to start geometry from the ground up, if you catch my drift.

Thanks bob bundy

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Have a look here to give you some background.

http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/index.html

Welcome to the forum.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.**

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**Otsdarva****Member**- Registered: 2010-12-21
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Thanks bobbym. Where do I go from there once I have the basics down?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Otsdarva;

I cannot answer that for you. Once you start to progress a little post your questions here and I will try to help. Or someone else will. Once you show what you understand it will be easier to recommend something.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.**

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**Otsdarva****Member**- Registered: 2010-12-21
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Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. One of the problems I have is with proofs, though. Hard as hell for me.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Otsdarva;

They do not get any easier. The better you get at them only makes you work on harder ones, so you will always be stumped. Keep persisting!

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Otsdarva

Geometry proofs.

(i) Make a good diagram.

Take care you don't make it so it is a special case ( eg. make an angle look like 90 when it need not be)

(ii) Say what you are proving and what you are given.

(iii) When you take a step in the 'proof', state, in brackets, why it is true. (eg. angle sum of triangle = 180)

(iv) When you reach the end, shout 'Eureka!' and write **QED** in big bold letters.

Or (iv) Post the problem, and how far you have got, to 'Help Me !' because some of us enjoy trying to help.

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**Otsdarva****Member**- Registered: 2010-12-21
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Late reply but after studying what was on your site I bought a Cliffs Geometry QuickReview book. Indeed my interest has kicked in once again and I'm starting to build a Geometry mindset.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Otsdarva;

Good luck! Hope it inspires you to love math.

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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**Otsdarva****Member**- Registered: 2010-12-21
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Thanks bobbym and just recently I recovered a lot of focus I was missing before. I'm proud to be able to understand most of secondary school geometry and soon I will move on to the advanced.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Otsdarva;

I recovered a lot of focus I was missing before.

Sounds like you are pumping up some neurons. But there is a danger, the brain only has a finite capacity. If you stuff too much geometry in their you could replace vital information.

That happened to me, I woke one day and could not even remember how many kids Brad and Angelina have. Or which NBA player has been arrested the most times or how to spell Rihanna. I broke out in a cold sweat and after many months of therapy they managed to put that vital information back in there. So write all that stuff down now.

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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**Otsdarva****Member**- Registered: 2010-12-21
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I'll make sure to write it all down.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Otsdarva;

All kidding aside, that is a fundamental point. Do not trust your memory, even if it is great. Write your thoughts down when doing math. Keep good, readable notes!

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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