AMC 10 is a difficult exam because the problems require students to be very creative under considerable time pressure. This lesson focuses on how to build and strengthen the student’s own creative response to the problem statement. The class focuses on comparing and contrasting problem statements and analyzing the decisions that lead to a successful solving strategy. A summary of theory is also presented, but with the same focus on connections, limits of applicability, common errors and sources of difficulty. In this way, the student is not merely exposed to another explanation of math topics, but to a roller-coaster of connections among them. Since the lecture is in the form of a Socratic dialogue, student participation is central. Students must be willing to put forward ideas, whether they ultimately prove to be useful or not.
The class is useful for students in grades 9 or 10, as well as for advanced students who are in grade 8.
Pre-requisites: Algebra II and Geometry.
Homework will be assigned and reviewed. Please plan to attend all classes.
Students should use a computer in order to be able to connect to our virtual classroom – mobile devices are not compatible!
Paper and pen are always a must in math classes – please have them ready.
Before each lesson, make sure you have your homework close by.
Lesson 1 Solving Equations and Systems
Lesson 2 Word Problems
Lesson 3 Sequences and Series
Lesson 4 Functions and Polynomials
Lesson 5 Tools of Algebra
Lesson 6 Triangles
Lesson 7 Circles
Lesson 8 Polygons and Three-Dimensional Geometry
Lesson 9 Counting
Lesson 10 Probability
Lesson 11 Number Theory
Lesson 12 Coordinates and Graphs
Ms. Tan, Founder of Joy Education Consultant. Over 20 years of fortune 500 company working experience. Master in Chemical Engineering from Univ. of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. Tan has taught mathematics for elementary and middle school for 15 years. She taught contest math at local Chinese schools and Idea Math in Texas and helped lots of students improve their test scores. She is also a Girl Scout troop leader, various school and community events volunteer.