



Geometry
is the study of lines and shapes and angles



and stuff
like that. 


The
simplest one of these is called the point. 





A point
is just a very tiny dot. 


A real
point is so tiny, that it has no size at all. 


It is
just a place in space. 





We can't
draw something with no size, 


so we
draw a small dot. 


But
remember that re really mean a point that is soooo tiny 


that no
one could ever see it. 


Sometimes
we have a bunch of points all at the same time. 











How can
we tell these points apart? 





Well, if
this was a basketball team we could give them all numbers. 


But this
is math, not sports. 


Math
people like to name things with letters. 


So we get
something like this: 











And we
talk about stuff like " 


How far
is it from point A to point B" 





copyright 2005 Bruce Kirkpatrick 
