Course Offerings

 

 

Group A: Olympiad

Grades: 12 and below

Homework: 5-10+ hours per week

Placement Guidelines: Students may join Group A as many times as they like.

Course Description: Group A is an Olympiad level math course. Topics covered in group A vary each year, and include advanced number theory (primitive roots, Pell equations, Z[i], etc.), advanced geometry (inversion, 9-point circle, etc.), mathematical analysis, inequalities (Jensen, Minkowski, etc.), and many others. A fraction of the class is dedicated to games, contests, and working in teams.

Group I: High School Topics

Grades: 11 and below

Homework: 3-7+ hours per week

Placement Guidelines: Students may join Group I as many times as they like.

Course Description: Group I covers the same topics as Group L at a comparable level of difficulty.  Additional topics include complex numbers, roots of unity, polynomials.  A fraction of the class is dedicated to games, contests, and working in teams.

Note: To see an example of a 2-group exam, please see the Group L sample exam, which is a Group S/L exam.

Group L: Advanced Middle School Topics

Grades: 9 and below

Homework: 3-7+ hours per week

Placement Guidelines: Students may join Group L for a total of two years.

Course Description: Group L covers topics from Group S at substantially greater difficulty and depth. Group L also covers some new topics including trigonometry and generating functions.  A fraction of the class is dedicated to games, contests, and working in teams.

Prerequisites: Students must be very comfortable with algebra.

Group S: Middle School Topics

Grades: 8 and below

Homework: 2-5+ hours per week

Placement Guidelines: We strongly recommend that students in grades 7-8 who are new to Math-M-Addicts start in Group S. Students may join Group S for a total of two years.

Course Description: Group S revisits topics from Group Y such as combinatorics, number theory, and proofs at greater depth and difficulty.  Group S also covers new topics such as mathematical induction, geometry, basic inequalities, and invariants.  A fraction of the class is dedicated to games, contests, and working in teams.

Prerequisites: Algebra is used extensively; familiarity with algebra is of great help.

Note: To see an example of a 2-group exam, please see the Group L sample exam, which is a Group S/L exam.

Group Y: Introduction to Problem Solving

Grades: 5-7

Homework: 2-4+ hours per week

Placement Guidelines: We strongly recommend that students in grades 5-7 who are new to Math-M-Addicts take Group Y.  Group Y may be taken for one full year.

Course Description: Group Y is our introductory level course.  We introduce the concept of proofs, the pigeonhole principle and proof by contradiction.  We also introduce students to combinatorics, number theory, and algebra.  Mathematical induction and geometry may be introduced at instructor’s discretion.  A fraction the class is dedicated to games, contests, and working in teams.

Group Z: Mathematical Foundations

Grades: 5-6

Homework: 2-4+ hours per week

Placement Guidelines: Students must qualify for the Federal WIC program (guideline below), as well as attend a Title 1 school.

Course Description: Group Z is a Foundations of Problem Solving class offered to 5th and 6th graders attending schools serving primarily low income and minority areas. The class focuses on prealgebra topics including ratios, permutations, divisibility rules, and logic puzzles. We will also use strategy games as a launching pad for exploring mathematical problem solving.

Please note that Group Z entrance exams are conducted in schools. If you are a teacher who would like to offer the Group Z entrance exam to students at your school, please reach out to us at admissions@mathmaddicts.com with "Group Z" in the subject line to request the entrance exam to be administered at your school.