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Geometry Introduction

AskDrCallahan Jacobs Geometry Introduction

The surfer/spotter problem of Geometry is answered on page 290 of the Enhanced Teachers Guide for Geometry by Jacobs (ISBN: 0716756072).  Since we no longer use this book, here are the two pages that solve the spotter problem.

Geometry: Surfer and the Spotter (PDF)

FYI – We now use a smaller version called “Solutions Manual: Answers to Exercises for Geometry” which leaves out some of the old classroom teacher materials, including the above Sufer and Spotter solutions, but is cheaper and smaller. The older, larger version is no longer in print.



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Geometry Ch3.6 #11 Solution

Question from Anna:

Geometry Chapter 3 Lesson 5 Number 11. How do we figure this out?

Answer from Cassidy Cash:

Start with what we know:

North East West South make 90-degree angles so <NOE = <EOS = <SOW = 90 degrees

A = 50. So to this point, draw with N = 0, A = 50 (given), E = 90, S = 180, W = 270

Now you have to figure out the rest. Here are a few ways.

  1. You know <NOE = 50 = <DOS since these are linear pairs. So add 50 to the 180 to get 230 at point D. Keep doing the vertical angles.
  2. Or you also know the lines of the map (north, east, south, west) bisect those angles < AOB and the like. So If <NOA = 50 and you know <NOE = 90 so <AOE = 40. And since they bisect, you now know <EOB=40, <BOS=50.

Either route you take, you just will see a pattern and you start figuring out one from the other.

So in the end the coordinates (angles) are 0,50,90, 130,180,230,270, and 310


Geometry Teacher’s Guide by AskDrCallahan – PDF

Homeschool geometry - Teacher's Guide for Jacobs Geometry Seeing, Doing, Understanding

Geometry Teachers Guide by AskDrCallahan. (This is a PDF download only.)

This teacher’s guide contains a different syllabus from the Teacher’s Guide written by Master Books.

Contains two syllabus Options:

(NOTE: Choose One Syllabus)

Choose the syllabus that best suits your learning and organizational style, as well as your cover requirements. They both cover the same material but at different paces and different layouts. Use one or the other. You don’t need both.

1) The Daily Syllabus has the work broken down by the day. It gives instructions on what to do each day of the week for 4 nine-week periods or 36 weeks. This syllabus is naturally longer as it saves you the time and trouble of deciding what to do each day. Students find this syllabus useful if they want to work on math every day and have the distribution of work already laid out in a five-day per week format.

2) The Weekly Syllabus has the same work as Option 1 but is broken down by the week for 24 weeks. It gives instructions on what to cover each week, but allows you to decide what days you will work on it. It is more concise while having the same material and problems assigned. Some students find this syllabus useful as they may only do math 2-3 days a week but want to cover the same material. Other students need to finish quicker than 36 weeks (often in one semester) and this syllabus serves them well.

Use the syllabus that best suits your student’s learning style, organization preference, or timing needs. Either way, the completed course is worth 1 high school credit. The amount of time to completion (36 weeks, 24 weeks, or even one semester) does not impact the credit value of the course. The amount of work and learning is worth one high school credit.

If you purchased our ONLINE VIDEO Subscription, this PDF is included for FREE inside the online course. If you have DVDs purchased from us or are working through Jacobs’ book without videos, you will benefit from our carefully selected problem assignments and grading guide.

The AskDrCallahan Geometry Teacher’s Guide is a PDF download, included FREE inside your Online Video Purchase.

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Jacobs Geometry Chapter 15 Lesson 1 Problem 57

Jacobs Geometry Chapter 15 Lesson 1 Problem 57

In Jacobs Geometry Chapter 15 Lesson 1 problem 57, we are asked,

Jacobs Geometry Chapter 15 Lesson 1 Problem 57


“In how many planes do the square faces of the cube faces of the unfolded hypercube lie?”



The Solutions Manual says 13 planes. Let’s see how they got that number.

Imagine the red, yellow, and blue lines drawn on the hypercube as planes.

Jacobs Geometry Chapter 15 Lesson 1 Problem 57


Counting vertical planes from right to left: marked in red we have 5.

Counting vertical planes from front to back: marked in yellow we have 4.

Counting horizontal planes from bottom to top: marked in blue we have 4.

5 + 4 + 4 = 13 planes.


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Geometry: Note on Missing Chapters

AskDrCallahan Jacobs Geometry

Geometry Course

AskDrCallahan Jacobs GeometryChapters 13 and 16 were originally omitted from our Geometry course for time constraints. The concepts in those chapters are advanced, though not difficult. Students will not likely see them on the ACT/SAT or even in college, except for specialized fields. When needed in a college track, they will be covered anew. They are often skipped at the high school level.

Geometry Chapter 13 and Chapter 163rd Edition Jacobs Geometry

However, we now recommend Chapter 13 be covered. Chapter 14 briefly refers to concepts introduced there and some students need the information. Others will be okay just referring back. Most of our students still skip chapter 13. We still consider Chapter 16 optional for everyone.
We have lectures for both chapters now on our website for FREE.
 Remember that our video instruction, online or DVD, can be used with any printing of the 3rd Edition of Jacobs Geometry.
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Geometry Ch11 test #7b

Question from Anya 
Course: Geometry
Chapter/Lesson/Problem11 test7b
Issue: I’m supposed to find Angle APM. To find the angle, I used tan APM=20/70, which gives 15.9 degrees. The solutions manual used sin APM=20/70, which gives 16.6 degrees. Sine is opposite/hypotenuse. However, it seems to me that the given measurements of the problem are opposite side (20) to the adjacent side (70). Which is correct? Thank you!
Answer by Dr.Callahan
Yes, you are correct. That should be tangent as you stated.
tan(APM) = 20/70
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Geometry 14.2 #22-23

Question from Joy:

We are in Geometry 3 rd edition. Chapter 14 lesson 2 number 22-23. Page 582. 
How do you get 108?

The answer in key says 3 x 180/5?  Why? I think I missed something important yet simple. I was thinking divide 360/5. What an I doing wrong?  Thanks!

Answer from Dr. Callahan:

I have to admit – I could not find this in the book. I think it SHOULD be there – but could not find it.

The answer is the a triagle has interior angles that add up to 180 (we know that – right)

So each time we add a side (triangle to square) we add 180.

See here

So in #22, he is saying we have 180 3 times (triangle plus 2 sides adding 2 more 180s) as the total angles and then dived by the number of sides to get 108.

Again – I do not see this in the book.

Hope this helps



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The Different Geometry Textbooks and Videos

The 3rd edition of the Harold Jacobs Geometry textbook has gone through three different printings with 3 different covers and ISBNs. If you are picking a text and looking at used options, it can be confusing. So let me try to help.

First, all 3 versions are basically the same – as long as they say 3rd edition. They look like the photos below.

The Three Geometry Textbook Versions that Still Work

The original published by Freeman – ISBN: 978-0-7167-4361-3 and the corresponding Teachers Guide which contains the solutions to the problems. This book had a separate Test Bank for tests. The second printing published by My Father’s World – ISBN: 978-1-61999-109-5 and the corresponding Teachers Guide which contained the tests and the Answer Key.

3rd Edition Jacobs Geometry


The third printing published by Master Books – ISBN: 9787-1-68344-020-8. This is the latest and if you are buying new, this is what you are getting. The tests are in the Teacher’s Guide and the answers are in the Solutions Manual. You will need all 3 books for the course.

Jacobs Geometry Curriculum








The Geometry Videos that Support the above Books

All 3 of the printings will work with the AskDrCallahan videos. The various printings have minor changes in page numbers, drawings, and some problems have changed – but the basic content remains the same. But, just to be more confusing, the videos come in 3 different packages. All are the same content but they might look different. All require the student to have one of the 3 textbooks, the tests, and a set of solutions.

1 – The online videos, offered by AskDrCallahan, contain the same instruction, and bypass the need for DVDs and a DVD player. They are the same content as on the DVD. The online videos come in two options.

  • Monthly option – Pay for the course monthly and cancel anytime by logging into your AskDrCallahan account (or email us to cancel). This option is perfect if you think you will need just a few months.
  • Lifetime access – If you need a full year, or have siblings who might use the course later, then this is your option. One price one time.

AskDrCallahan Jacobs Geometry







2 – The latest version of the DVDs is published by Master Books – UPC: 713438-110236-8










3 – The original DVDs published by us (AskDrCallahan) and no longer available new.  -ISBN:978-0-615-27810-0




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Geometry Ch8 Review #32

Question from Jennifer:
Chap 8 review
We aren’t sure how the answer would be 24mm.
This is not explained well in the textbook.
First – the translation is the movement of the bat from position B to position C (see chap 8, Lesson 2) A translation is two rotations around a parallel line – or in other words, we moved it over from one place to another.
So he is asking, how far did it move. Or, what is the length of the black line moving from B to C.
Since we can measure the bat to be about 42 mm (with a ruler), the length of the black line is about 24 mm using the same ruler.