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|1-4||11:00 am||12:45 pm||W, F|
Algebra I: The Art of Problem Solving (year-long)
This is a full course in high school algebra which covers the fundamental algebraic concepts of linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations and inequalities, factoring quadratics, special factorizations, variables and proportional relationships, along with more advanced topics, including complex numbers, functions, graphing of functions, polynomials, exponents and logarithms, and special functions like absolute value, floor and ceiling functions. This course is based on The Art of Problem Solving: Introduction to Algebra text. Over the course of the year, students will complete chapters 1 through 20.The student should expect to do a substantial number of exercises outside of class with 5-6 hours of homework each week.Supplies: Students will need to purchase the Art of Problem Solving textbook Introduction to Algebra and Introduction to Algebra Solutions Manual, available from www.artofproblemsolving.com/store. A calculator is not needed for this course. There is also a $10.00 materials fee, payable to the instructor during the first week of class, which includes a high quality quadrille notebook, to be used for all homework assignments.Prerequisites: Students must have mastered pre-algebra before beginning this class.This is a year-long (30 weeks) course that meets Wednesday and Friday for 2 hours per week. Register by year with split payment option using the code 201617YL50. You will be charged 50% at early registration. The remaining 50% tuition and a $25.00 processing fee will be due on August 31.
|7th - 9th||8|
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|1||1:00 pm||12:45 pm||W|
Fun with Number Systems: Ancient Civilizations
When is a lotus flower not just bloom? When it means one thousand in the hieroglyphic number system of ancient Egypt! In this exploration of the history of numbers, students will learn to count using hieroglyphics, Greek letters and cuneiform characters. From tally marks to modern number systems we will trace the development of numbers through the ages. Students will see how easy it was for the ancient Babylonians to multiply by 60, and how hard it was for Romans or Egyptians to do the same! By performing calculations using different forms of numerical representation, students will be able to assess the relative advantages and disadvantages of these number systems. We will consider how the number systems met the needs of the civilizations that used them, and, perhaps, where they fell short. Every student will have a strong sense of the importance of place value by the end of this class!
|5th - 6th||7|
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|1-4||12:00 pm||12:45 pm||W, F|
Geometry: Euclid and the Art of Problem Solving (year long)
This is a full course in high school geometry. The class is based on The Art of Problem Solving Introduction to Geometry book. All 19 chapters will be covered. In addition, the study of proofs will be enhanced by selections from Euclid s seminal work, The Elements, and experience with modern paragraph proofs as well as the traditional two-column high school proofs. This class includes a thorough treatment of geometric constructions and an introduction to trigonometry.The student should expect to do a substantial number of exercises outside of class with 5-6 hours of homework each week.Supplies: Students must purchase the Introduction to Geometry textbook, and Introduction to Geometry Solutions Manual from the Art of Problem Solving. Both are available at www.artofproblemsolving.com/store. In addition, each student will need a compass and straightedge for constructions. A calculator is required for trigonometry during the fourth quarter. The TI-84 is recommended because of the extent to which it has become the high school standard.Prerequisites: Algebra I, and the maturity to complete and check homework independently.This is a year-long (30 weeks) course that meets Wednesday and Friday for 2 hours per week. Register by year with split payment option using the code 201617YL50. You will be charged 50% at early registration. The remaining 50% tuition and a $25.00 processing fee will be due on August 31.
|9th - 12th||7|
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|1||2:00 pm||12:45 pm||W|
Intro to Probability & Statistics: Counting
The first step in finding probabilities is to identify the possibilities! This involves combinatorics, the mathematical field of counting. How many ways are there to roll a seven with two dice? How about with three? How many paths are there between vertices of a completely connected octagon? How many distinct license plates can we make if the first three characters are letters, and the last three are digits? How many two digit numbers are divisible by 3, 7, or both? Students will learn techniques of counting and develop their understanding of sets (in particular, inclusion, exclusion, intersection and union) to solve an assortment of problems, puzzles, and brain teasers as they improve their deductive reasoning skills and prepare for further study of probability.
|7th - 8th||4|
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|1||10:00 am||12:45 pm||W|
Math Challenges: Games, Puzzles & Brain Teasers
Students will get hooked on brain games! In this fun-filled class, students are introduced to a variety of mathematical thinking activities. With selections from Japanese puzzles, like Sudoku and KenKen, historical stone games, chess puzzles, modern classics such as Set, logic grids, geometric challenges and more, students will participate in mathematical problem solving with an entertaining twist. In addition, students will have an opportunity to analyze the games themselves. How many cards are in a Set deck? Do you know why? If we deal two Set cards, is there always a third card that will complete the set? Can there be more than one card that will complete the set? Students will consider such questions as they develop their ability to think mathematically through fun and games.
|3rd - 4th||2|
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|1||12:00 pm||12:45 pm||W|
Money Matters: Personal Finance
Middle school students are going to learn that "money matters" in this all-new class! The critical life skills of personal finance through budgeting and money management will be introduced through real-world, hands-on activities. Students will begin with the discussion about different careers and the range of expected starting salaries for different fields. They will learn about cost of living indices and that not all salaries are created equal when locale is considered. Students will be given a simple career interest inventory and will examine jobs that are projected to be in high demand in the future. Students will then embark on a guided, quarter-long project where they will learn about developing a personal budget that works with the salary for their dream job.Each week students will tackle a new piece of the budget pie. They will see the effects of tax withholdings from an imaginary paycheck and that take-home pay may not be what they thought. Students will research and make selections on housing and perform cost comparisons among apartments, condos, or buying or renting a house. They will uncover what the real cost of utilities and insurance could be. Kids will select a dream car and see what the cost of owning (and insuring, maintaining, and fueling it) would be. As the students make personal choices in their budget, they will learn about opportunity costs. If they chose to have a dog, will they have enough money left for a vacation? Kids will develop a one-week meal plan and calculate the cost of the associated groceries. They will develop a budget for clothing, personal items, and entertainment. When the project is complete, how have the middle schoolers fared in the game of "Life"? Students should expect to spend 1 to 1.5 hours each week investigating costs on the internet, newspapers, or in stores. This class is the first in a two-quarter series which includes Money Matters: How Money Works (2nd quarter).
|7th - 8th||1|
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|1||3:00 pm||12:45 pm||W|
Pre-Algebra & Problem Solving Essentials: Rational Numbers
This course is designed to prepare students for success in a high school algebra class and to "fill in the gaps" on key pre-algebraic concepts for students who have used a wide variety of at-home math curricula. Emphasis will be on word problems so students become comfortable moving between prose (written word problems) and mathematical representation. Problems worked in class and at home will emphasis the real-world applications for the concepts. The mathematical approach in this class will be to foster a deep understanding and comfort level with the pre-algebra concepts rather than repetitious, plug-and-play computations. Many problems introduced in this class will be taken from The Art of Problem Solving Pre-Algebra textbook.The student should expect to spend 1- 1.5 hours per week on homework problems.Future topics in this class series include Pre-Algebra & Problem Solving Essentials: Equations and Inequalities (2nd quarter); Pre-Algebra & Problem Solving Essentials: Polygons (3rd quarter); and Pre-Algebra & Problem Solving Essentials: Problem Solving (4th quarter).
|7th - 9th||9|
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|1-4||1:00 pm||12:45 pm||F|
PreCalculus: The Art of Problem Solving (year long)
The class is based on the Art of Problem Solving: Precalculus book. All 13 chapters will be covered. Topics include trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, trigonometric proofs, parameterization, polar coordinates, complex numbers, matrices, vectors and vector geometry.The student should expect to do a substantial number of problems and exercises outside of class with 6 hours or more of homework each week.Supplies: Students must purchase the Art of Problem Solving: Precalculus textbook, and Precalculus Solutions Manual from the Art of Problem Solving. Both are available at www.artofproblemsolving.com/store. A calculator is required for this course. The TI-84 is recommended because of the extent to which it has become the high school standard.Prerequisites: Algebra II and GeometryThis is a year-long (30 weeks) course that meets on Fridays for 2 hours per week. Register by year with split payment option using the code 201617YL50. You will be charged 50% at early registration. The remaining 50% tuition and a $25.00 processing fee will be due on August 31.
|9th - 12th||9|
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