Math / Contest Math Class Descriptions


 CM201 - Contest Math Level 2 (Beginner)

Description: This class is intended for students who are new to problem solving and math competitions. This class will help students to learn concepts and techniques beyond the school curriculum. Students who wish to enroll this class are expected to complete 5th grade curriculum and be familiar with operation with integers, basic operations with fractions, exponents and solve basic equations. CM 201 also helps students improve their scores on math contests such as AMC 8, MATHCOUNTS etc.

No placement test is required.

Class: This is a 2-hour class where 45-60 minutes of those are spent on lecturing. Rest of the time is reserved for problem solving. During the problem solving time, students are asked to work independently and/or with a partner. Students are also encouraged to share their solutions with the class. 

Homework: A 10-20 question problem set will be assigned by the end of each class. Students are expected to spend about 2 hours per week outside the class to finish the homework.

What will be covered: 

First Semester: 
Algebra: Arithmetic Properties (Operations with Rational Numbers, Exponents, Radicals), Algebraic Expressions, Solving Equations
Number Theory: Divisibility, Prime Factorization, Number of Divisors, LCM-GCF
Combinatorics: Basic Counting Techniques, Permutations, Combinations and Probability

Second Semester:
Geometry: Angles, Pythagorean Theorem, Special Right Triangles, Similarity, Area, Circles
Algebra and Combinatorics Practice and Problems

Who should skip this course: Students who scored 15+ on AMC 8


CM301 - Contest Math Level 3 (Beginner)

Description: This class is intended for students who are new to problem solving and math competitions. This class will help students to learn concepts and techniques beyond the school curriculum. Students who wish to enroll this class are expected to complete 5th grade curriculum and be familiar with operation with integers, fractions, exponents and solve basic equations. and/or have completed our CM201 course. CM 301 also helps students improve their scores on math contests such as AMC 8, Chapter MATHCOUNTS etc.

Class: This is a 2-hour class where 45-60 minutes of those are spent on lecturing. Rest of the time is reserved for problem solving. During the problem solving time, students are asked to work independently and/or with a partner. Students are also encouraged to share their solutions with the class. 

Homework: A 10-15 question problem set will be assigned by the end of each class. Students are expected to spend about 2 hours per week outside the class to finish the homework.

Office hour: 30-45 minutes online office hour once a week. Time and date TBD by the instructor.

What will be covered:

First Semester:
Algebra: Divisibility, Prime Factorization, Number of Divisors
Number Theory: Basic Counting Techniques, Permutations, Combinations and Probability
Combinatorics: Basic Counting Techniques, Permutations, Combinations and Probability

Second Semester:
Geometry: Angles, Pythagorean Theorem, Special Right Triangles, Similarity, Area, Circles
Algebra and Combinatorics Practice and Problems

Who should skip this course: Students who scored 20+ on 2016 AMC 8


 CM401 - Contest Math Level 4 (Intermediate)

Description: This class is intended for students who have been active in math competitions for a year or so. and are willing to improve their scores by learning more in depths topics and techniques. Students who wish to enroll this class are expected to have mid to high AMC 8 score (2016 20+ or 2015 18+) and/or have completed our CM301 course for both fall and spring semesters. CM 401 also helps students improve their scores on AMC10/12 and on MATHCOUNTS.

Class: This is a 2-hour class where 45-60 minutes of those are spent on lecturing. Rest of the time is reserved for problem solving. During the problem solving time, students are asked to work independently and/or with a partner. Students are also encouraged to share their solutions with the class.

Homework: A 10-15 question problem set will be assigned by the end of each class. Students are expected to spend about 2 hours per week outside the class to finish the homework.

Office hour: 30-45 minutes online office hour once a week. Time and date TBD by the instructor.

What will be covered:

First Semester:
Algebra: System of Equations, Word Problems, Algebraic Manipulations, Quadratic and cubic Polynomials, Vieata's, Functions, Sequences and Series
Combinatorics: Permutations, Combinations, P.I.E., Binomial Theorem, Probability

Second Semester:
Geometry: Triangle Geometry (Similarity, Area, Parts of a Triangle), Quadrilaterals, Circle Geometry (Angle, Area and Length)
Number Theory: Number of Divisor, Prime Numbers, Modular Arithmetic, Diophantine Equations,

Who should skip this course: Students who scored 100+ on AMC 10


CM501 - Contest Math Level 5 (Intermediate - Advanced)

Description: This class is intended for students who have been active in math competitions for a few years and are willing to improve their scores by learning more in depths topics and techniques. Students who wish to enroll this class are expected to have mid AMC 10 score (100+) and/or have completed our CM401 course for both fall and spring semesters. CM 501 helps students improve their scores on Mathcounts, AMC10/12 and AIME.

Class: This is a 2-hour class where 45-60 minutes of those are spent on lecturing. The rest of the time is reserved for problem solving. During the problem solving time, students are asked to work independently and/or with a partner. Students are also encouraged to share their solutions with the class.

Homework: A 10-15 question problem set will be assigned by the end of each class. Students are expected to spend about 2 hours per week outside the class to finish the homework.

Office hour: 30-45 minutes online office hour once a week. Time and date TBD by the instructor.

What will be covered:

First Semester:
Algebra: System of Equations, Algebraic Manipulations, Polynomials, Vieata`s, Functions, Trigonometry, Complex Numbers. Sequences and
Series
Combinatorics: Permutations, Combinations, P.I.E., Recursion, Binomial Theorem, Induction.

Second Semester:
Geometry: Triangle Geometry (Similarity, Area, Parts of a Triangle), Quadrilaterals, Circle Geometry (Angle, Power of a Point, Ptolemy's)
Number Theory: Modular Arithmetic, Diophantine Equations, Fermat Little Theorem, Wilson`s Theorem, Chinese Remainder Theorem.

Who should skip this course: Students who scored 6+ on AIME


CM701 - Contest Math Level 7 (Advanced)

Description: This class is intended for students who have been active in math competitions for a few years and are willing to improve their scores by learning more in depths topics and techniques.  Students who wish to enroll this class are expected to have qualified for the USA(J)MO in the past.  CM701 helps students improve their USA(J)MO scores.

Classroom Class: This is a 2-hour class where 45-60 minutes of those are spent on lecturing. The rest of the time is reserved for problem solving. During the problem solving time, students are asked to work independently and/or with a partner. Students are also encouraged to share their solutions with the class.

Online Class:This is an online class powered by Canvass learning system and Zoom video conferencing.  Students are provided with reading assignment and handout with weekly problems to work on at beginning of week via Canvass.  Teacher will walk through assigned problems during a one-and-a-half hour (90 minutes) online meeting at end of each week via Zoom.

Homework: 2 Olympiad problems are assigned to each student to solve and upload on Canvass each week.  Students are expected to spend about 5-6 hours per week outside the class to prepare for the online meeting and to finish the homework after the meeting.

Office hour: 30-45 minutes online office hour once a week. Time and date TBD by the instructor.

What will be covered:

First Semester:
Geometry: Incenter-excenter lemma, radical axes, concurrency and collinearity through Ceva and Menelaus; homothety and the nine-point circle; isogonal conjugates, mixtilinear circles; inversion; projective geometry; Complete quadrilaterals

Second Semester:
Algebra:  Algebraic inequalities (AM-GM, Cauchy-Schwarz); convexity and Jensen inequality; smoothing, and isolated fudging techniques.  polynomials; functional equations.
Combinatorics:  Algorithms; processes; games; counting in two ways; extremal combinatorics; the probabilistic method.

Who should skip this course: Students who are USAJMO Winners or who scored 28+ on USAMO