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EXAMINATION PAPERS

IN

PLANE GEOMETRY

COMPILED BY

CHARLES A. MARSH, A.M.

HARRIE J. PHIPPS, B.S.

INSTRUCTORS OF MATHEMATICS, HIGH SCHOOL, MALDEN, MASSACHUSETTS

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n. 7146

COPYRIGHT, 1911,

BY CHARLES E. MERRILL CO.

PREFACE

TEACHERS who prepare pupils for college have long been resigned to the fact that many pupils of admitted skill and reliability fail sadly to live up to expectations in the college entrance examinations. Fear of the unknown and a general lack of confidence seem to paralyze their powers. Some gradually recover their wits, but too late to answer all the questions in the given time.

Although this difficulty can never be removed for all pupils, it is certain that a greater familiarity with the conditions pertaining to college entrance examinations will be of much help to both teachers and students. At least such is the experience of the compilers of this collection of admission examinations in geometry. They have found that pupils who have been drilled until accustomed to take as daily fare the formal and actual examinations of the colleges within the time limits set by the colleges, have produced, on the whole, far better results than those who have not had this training. The former have been inspired with a confidence which lasts, a confidence which is based on the knowledge that they have overcome daily for weeks the same bugbear which will confront them at the college. It may seem to some that such work is superficial, mere

cramming,” but even the most prejudiced must be convinced on second thought that a pupil who can daily do problems of such diversity has gained not only more confidence, but also more power than the pupil who is accustomed

to doing only "originals” for which a given proposition is a clue. Logic and experience have proved to the editors that the final step in the preparation of a pupil for college entrance requirements should be a thorough drill on examinations similar to those which he has to pass. It is almost impossible for a pupil to pass a Harvard Geometry examination, for instance, with a high percentage if he has not had some practice on similar examinations under a time limit.

This book contains practically all of the Harvard and Yale examinations of the last twenty years, as well as many from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The book is devoted in such large proportion to the examinations of these colleges because they admit by examination only, whereas most other colleges admit by certificate.

CHARLES A. MARSH, A.M.

HARRIE J. PHIPPS, B.S. May, 1911.

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