Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies Department, Mathematics & Statistics Department

First Advisor

K. Ann Renninger

Second Advisor

Janet Talvacchia


My thesis discusses the history and development of geometry, specifically Euclidean geometry. I used my personal experiences, observations, and research to learn more about the fundamentals of geometry. Greek mathematician, Euclid has had a significant impact on what we learn in geometry today in school. With his definition of geometry as an axiomatic system, there are missing pieces to geometry as a whole that is not limited to Euclidean geometry and the five Euclid postulates. Given that the parallel postulate has not been proven yet, there are non-Euclidean geometries that are just as valuable to our learning of the subject as Euclidean geometry. By understanding the basic history and development of geometry, educators can be better informed in their instruction of a geometry class.