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4 12:00 pm 12:16 am F
Explorations in Extreme Math (Fridays)
This is not your usual high school math class! Topics will be selected from group theory, abstract algebra, number theory, graph theory, analysis, topology, and more! Have you ever heard of Cantor dust? Do infinite sets really come in different sizes? How many distinct colors does it take to color a plane so that any two points one unit apart from each other are different colors? Goldbach s conjecture, that every even number except 2 is the sum of two primes, still hasn t been proven; do you think it s true? Come prepared to wrap your mind around awesome mathematical ideas!
9th - 12th 8

$170.00

4 10:00 am 12:16 am W
Math Masterminds: Modern Challenges
Each week, students will tackle math puzzles, challenges, and learn new "tricks" and techniques to solve a variety of math problems, all while learning about the masterminds behind founding principles of modern mathematics. Students will learn about the life and times of a great mathematician and then explore key concepts, principles, and formulas introduced by the featured master. Students' problem solving skills will be honed as they examine the historical, cultural, and personal context for discoveries in mathematics. The class will work sample problems and use experiments and manipulatives to demonstrate the formulas, theories, short-cuts, or alternate approaches suggested by famous mathematicians. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of math terms and concepts. First quarter will examine the "Geometers" including Euclid, Pythagoras, Heron, and Descartes. Future quarters will explore: Patterns and Problem Solvers including Eratosthenes, Napier, Polya, and Babbage (2nd quarter 2015); the Scientists Archimedes, Newton, Keplar, and Galileo (3rd quarter, 2016); and the Modern Thinkers including Fermat, Euler, Galois, and Noether (4th quarter, 2016)
5th - 6th 3

$170.00

4 12:00 pm 12:16 am W
Real Life Math: Exponents and Orders of Magnitude
Interested in medicine or astronomy? How about the ocean? Whatever the pursuit, there is math involved! How long would it take to travel to Mars using electromagnetic propulsion? How many gallons of water are in the ocean? How many stars are in the universe or red blood cells are in the body? How can you count humans on earth or calculate your Power Ball lottery winnings? These are enormous numbers, and there are special techniques to make these numbers manageable!  This class will use common scenarios to explore exponents and orders of magnitude in "real life" and answer the question of "why do I have to learn this?" In addition to improving specific math skills, students will become more comfortable moving between prose (word problems) and mathematical representation, by working with situations that are meaningful to them. This class serves as a solid review of pre-algebra topics.
7th - 8th 4

$170.00

3-4 11:00 am 12:16 am W, F
Algebra I: The Art of Problem Solving, Part 2 (Wed/Fri)
This is a full course in high school Algebra I which covers the fundamental concepts including quadratic equations, special factorizations, complex numbers, graphing, functions, polynomials, exponents and logarithms, and special functions. This course is based on the "Art of Problem Solving" text. Semester 2 will cover chapters 10-20. This class meets for one hour on Wednesday and one hour on Friday for 16 weeks. Students should expect to do a substantial number of exercises outside of class. PREREQUISITES: Students may transfer into the class mid-year with instructor approval and demonstration of Pre-Algebra and some Algebra I proficiency. SUPPLIES: Students will need to purchase the textbook "Introduction to Algebra" from the Art of Problem Solving, and "Introduction to Algebra Solutions Manual", available from www.artofproblemsolving.com/store. A calculator is not needed for this course.
7th - 12th 0

$340.00

3-4 1:00 pm 12:16 am W, F
Algebra II: The Art of Problem Solving, Part 2 (Wed/Fri)
This is a full course in high school Algebra II which covers advanced concepts related to sequences, identifies, inequalities, exponents and logarithms, radicals, special functions, and more. This course establishes the mathematical foundation for pre calculus, including sequences and series, working with identities, and inverse functions. This course is based on the "Art of Problem Solving" text. Semester 2 will cover chapters 10-20. The text includes several very advanced mathematical topics that will not be fully explored in this class. Interested students will be well prepared to pursue these topics independently. Trigonometry is not covered by the text, nor will any trigonometry be taught in this class.This class meets for one hour on Wednesday and one hour on Friday for 16 weeks. Students should expect to do a substantial number of exercises outside of class. PREREQUISITES: Students may transfer into the class mid-year with instructor approval and demonstration of Algebra I and some Algebra II proficiency. SUPPLIES: Students will need to purchase the textbook- Intermediate Algebra from the Art of Problem Solving, and Intermediate Algebra Solutions Manual, available from www.artofproblemsolving.com/store. An advanced graphing, scientific calculator, such as the TI-84, is suggested but not required for this class so student can explore the functionality before taking the SAT.
9th - 12th 0

$340.00

4 2:00 pm 12:16 am W
Cracking Codes: Cryptology for Kids
Students will learn the language of spies and secret agents in this children's cryptology class. Cryptology is the science of secret writing which uses math and reasoning such as number patterns, sequences, and symbols to create and decode mystery alphabets. Each week students will learn one or more ciphers and will practice using them to write coded messages to each other and to decode class examples. Code systems include Caesar ciphers, alphabet and symbol cipher disks, the Pigpen cipher, and various transposition ciphers.
3rd - 4th 0

$170.00