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Introduction to Computer Programming in C++

Instructor: Justin Horst


Dates & Times:  Monday evenings, June 17, 24 and July 8, 15 @ 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location:  Grace Independent Baptist Church, 1485 Waterbury Road, Crownsville, MD
Level:  Completed Grade 9 through Adult
Cost:  $135
What to Bring:  Laptop

This course will provide an introduction to structured program design and implementation in C++, as well as some fundamentals of computer hardware and software. Topics covered will include loops, Boolean expressions, standard library classes and functions, programmer-defined functions, arrays (single and multidimensional), pointers, linked lists, basic algorithmics (searching and sorting), programmer-defined classes, and abstract data types.

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Rhetoric Readings

Instructor: JD Head

The Space Trilogy and Some Digressions

Dates & Times:  Tuesday mornings, June 11 - July 30, 2019 @ 8:00 - 9:30 AM (no class on July 2nd)
Location:  Grace Independent Baptist Church, 1485 Waterbury Road, Crownsville, MD
Level:  Completed Grade 9 through Adult
Cost:  $20 per session or $125 for all 7 sessions, plus cost of books
What to Bring:  Books as listed in course description

This is a summer course for those who want to read excellent books and/or sharpen their minds through good discussions. It meets each week for 1½ hours of questions and discussion, lasts for seven weeks, and is open to rhetoric students, alumni, and parents or other adults in the Rockbridge Academy Association.

This summer we’ll be reading C. S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy and works related to it. Lewis acknowledges his debt to H. G. Wells in the note before Out of the Silent Planet; accordingly, we will read the Wells novel which most directly influenced Lewis' first: The First Men in the Moon, a story in which a down-on-his-luck businessman hooks up with a brilliant and eccentric scientist to travel to… You Know Where. We will then read Lewis’ “novel” response to Wells in the first two installments of the Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra.

Because Lewis relies heavily on an understanding of King Arthur in the final installment of the Trilogy, we will spend two weeks reading Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, valuable both for its lyric beauty, insights into the person of Arthur and particularly Merlin, and its expression of the Victorian values that set the stage for Lewis’ own England. The Abolition of Man is a short work of popular philosophy that many people read on a yearly basis (including some teachers at Rockbridge); it also serves as a guide to the themes of the final novel in the Trilogy, That Hideous Strength, which puts Lewis’ hero Ransom on the strangest, most dangerous planet of the three: Earth.

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  • June 11 - The First Men in the Moom - by H. G. Wells (ISBN-13 978-0486414188, published by Dover Thrift) AND Out of the Silent Planet - by C. S. Lewis (ISBN-13 978-0743234900 published by Scribner)
  • June 18 - Perelandra - by C. S. Lewis (ISBN-13 978-074323497 published by Scribner)
  • June 25 - The Abolition of Man - by C. S. Lewis (ISBN-13 978-0060652944 published by HarperOne)
  • July 2 - No class (Thursday is July 4th)

  • July 9 - Idylls of the King - by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (ISBN-13 978-0140422535 published by Penguin Books)
  • July 16 - Idylls of the King
  • July 23 - That Hideous Strength - by C.S. Lewis (ISBN-13 978-0743234924 published by Scribner)
  • July 30 - That Hideous Strength

Dialectic Discussions

Instructor: JD Head

Narnia and The Cosmos

Dates & Times:  Tuesday mornings, June 11 - July 30, 2019 @ 10:00 - 11:30 AM (no class on July 2nd)
Location:  Grace Independent Baptist Church, 1485 Waterbury Road, Crownsville, MD
Level:  Completed Grades 6-9
Cost:  $20 per session or $125 for all 7 sessions, plus cost of materials
What to Bring:  Books as listed in course description

So what is Narnia, exactly? Is it just a fantasy realm, or is it a mirror of our world? By traveling in Narnia, we can actually be induced to wonder at our own – with all the attendant joys and terrors. We will spend the summer re-reading Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, moving back and forth between worlds with the Pevensies and others. Along the way, we will also be examining Lewis’ apparent use of planetary imagery and symbolism as describe in Michael Ward’s acclaimed book Planet Narnia.

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  • June 11 - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - published by Harper Collins
  • June 18 - Prince Caspian - published by Harper Collins
  • June 25 - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - published by Harper Collins
  • July 2 - No class (Thursday is July 4th)

  • July 9 - The Silver Chair - published by Harper Collins
  • July 16 - The Horse and His Boy - published by Harper Collins
  • July 23 - The Magician's Nephew - published by Harper Collins
  • July 30 - The Last Battle - published by Harper Collins

Grammar Book Club

Instructor: JD Head

Fairy Tales in Yellow and Green

Dates & Times:  Tuesday mornings, June 11 - July 30, 2019 @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM (no class on July 2nd)
Location:  Grace Independent Baptist Church, 1485 Waterbury Road, Crownsville, MD
Level:  Completed Grades 4-6
Cost:  $20 per session or $125 for all 7 sessions, plus cost of materials
What to Bring:  Books as listed in course description

Andrew Lang was a famous folklorist; he collected stories from all over the world and complied them into a series of books named by color. This summer, we have the chance to explore and discuss selections from two books in the series: The Yellow Fairy Book and The Red Fairy Book. Grammar students interested in fairy tales – the weird, the wild, and the wonderful – should sign up. Little out-of-class work is expected; arrive with a book and a willingness to read and discuss the fantastical with other readers, and you will be introduced to an amusing and somewhat overlooked series of classic works.

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  • June 11, 18, 25 - The Yellow Fairy Tale Book - by Andrew Lang (ISBN-13 978-0486216744 published by Dover Thrift)
  • July 2 - No class (Thursday is July 4th)

  • July 9, 16, 23, 30 - The Green Fairy Tale Book - by Andrew Lang (ISBN-13 978-0486214399 published by Dover Thrift)

Two Squares Make Triangles: A Mind-Altering Journey Through Book I of Euclid's Elements

Instructor: JD Head and Nathan Griffith

 

Dates & Times:  Tuesday evenings June 11 - July 30, 2019 @ 7:30 - 9:00 PM (no class on July 2nd)
Location:  Grace Independent Baptist Church, 1485 Waterbury Road, Crownsville, MD
Level:  Completed Grade 9 through Adult
Cost:  $25 per session or $150 for all 7 sessions, plus cost of materials
Book: Euclid's Elements, published by Green Lion Press (ISBN-13: 978-1888009194)
What to Bring:  Euclid's Elements; a compass, a protractor, paper, and a pencil or three

“Euclid's Elements is certainly one of the greatest books ever written, and one of the most perfect monuments of the Greek intellect.” 
~ Bertrand Russell

Once upon a time, geometry was done without numbers…. And, ironically, geometry proved some things about numbers. This will be a journey through the narrative of Euclid’s Elements, the primer which introduced students to geometry for millennia. Elements is a text that does not rely on numbers, but logic and the slow building of a case to a particular end. This is a class that is not for the mathematically gifted (which is why Mr. Head is involved), but for the student who is willing to think and then do (which is why Mr. Griffith is involved) – to walk alongside Euclid as he works out the mystery of the Pythagorean theorem.

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  • June 11 - Definitions; Postulates & Common Notions; Propositions 1-3
    • (1) He Who Defines Wins: The Powers of Knowing What You Are About
    • (2) Construction Workers Unite: Laying Straight Lines Wherever You Like
  • June 18 - Propositions 4-8; Propositions 6-10
    • (1) Sherlock's Bones: Providing Stuff Like a Smarmy Git
    • (2) Like a Surgeon: Slashing Things in Half
  • June 25 - Propositions 11-12; Propositions 13-16; Propositions 17-20
    • (1) Going To and Fro: I Can Make Straight Lines
    • (2) Always Working an Angle: Things I Know Now
    • (3) Isn't Euclid Great(er)? This is Larger Than That - and I Don't Need No Stinking Numbers to Prove It!
  • July 2 - No class (Thursday is July 4th)

  • July 9 - Propositions 21-23; Propositions 24-27
    • (1) Can We Build It? Yes, We Can! Let's Build Triangles, Gang!
    • (2) Triangles Tell Us Stuff: More Investigations
  • July 16 - Propositions 28-30; Propositions 31-34
    • (1) Controversy: Euclid Tries to Cover His Tracks. But It's for a Good Cause!
    • (2) The Parallel Lives of Angles and Triangles and The Lines That Live Them
  • July 23 - Propositions 35-39; Propositions 40-43
    • (1) Same Base, Same Side, Same Triangle...but Over There. Whoa.
    • (2) Parallelograms: Who Knew?
  • July 30 - Propositions 44-46; Propositions 47, 48
    • (1) "This Is Important; This Means Something": Close Encounters of the Euclidean Kind
    • (2) Aw, No, He Di'n't: Euclid Goes All Pythagoras on Us!