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Math Olympiad for Elementary School Students

Prerequisites: Qualifying math score and completion of grade 4 math

Course Format: Individually Paced

Course Length: 3 months

Course Code: OL1

Course Description

Description

This Math Olympiad course is designed to teach the major strategies of problem solving, to foster mathematical creativity, and to stimulate enthusiasm and love for the types of problems that students encounter in competitive mathematics. Each week students explore a different math topic or problem-solving strategy in depth and practice non-routine contest problems. The web-based virtual classroom provides interactive experiences for students. Students and instructors meet weekly in the virtual classroom for problem solving, clarification of concepts, and group sessions.

Each topic covered in the course is independent of the other topics.  One topic is taught a week on a continuous repeating basis.  Students will not necessarily start with "Topic 1" in their first week of enrollment, but all topics will be covered in a 3-month enrollment.  When all topics are covered, a student then takes the final exam.

Topics include:

  • drawing a picture or diagram
  • using deduction
  • simplification
  • pattern recognition
  • making an organized list
  • making a table
  • guess and check
  • working backwards
  • basic geometry
  • estimation

Materials Needed

There are no required materials for this course.

List of Topics

This course is designed to teach the major strategies of problem solving, to foster mathematical creativity, and to stimulate enthusiasm and love for the types of problems that students encounter in competitive mathematics. Students explore math topics and strategies in depth, and practice non-routine contest problems. The web-based virtual classroom provides interactive experiences for students. Students and instructors meet in the virtual classroom for problem solving, clarification of concepts, and group sessions.

The following problem solving strategies will be covered in the course:

  • Guess and Check
  • Draw a Picture or Diagram
  • Make a Table
  • Make an Organized List
  • Elimination
  • Simplification
  • Substitution
  • Working Backwards
  • Estimation
  • Number Sense
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Basic Algebraic Processes
  • Basic Processes of Geometry

Virtual Classroom Session Times

Session Times

Virtual classroom sessions for this course are held every Tuesday at the following times:
(US Eastern time zone)

  • Session 1: 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
  • Session 2: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Session 3: 8:45 pm - 9:45 pm

Please Note: Quizzes and problems are due on Sundays.

Virtual Classroom Demo

Demo

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Adobe Connect demo

System Requirements

All CTYOnline courses require a properly-maintained computer with Internet access and a recent-version web browser (such as Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer). Students are expected to be familiar with standard computer operations (e.g. login, cut & paste, email attachments, etc).

This course uses an online classroom for individual or group discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app.