Open to: Grades 6-12
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I or both MATHCOUNTS® Prep and Pre-algebra or equivalent
Course Format: Individually Paced
Course Length: Typically 3 months
Course Code: MCO
MATHCOUNTS is a national math enrichment and competition program for middle school students designed to challenge and motivate students to develop strong math skills in preparation for the MATHCOUNTS competition. This class will cover much of the material needed for success at State and National MATHCOUNTS. Students who take this course will be encouraged to register with their home school to compete either as individuals or as part of their school's team in the MATHCOUNTS competition.
This course includes notes, practice problems, assessments, and videos for each topic covered to allow students to learn and review both the material and problem-solving skills. Videos are provided by Art of Problem Solving. As students progress through the course, they will complete free response questions and timed practice exams to help them build experience using strategies that will be useful for real competitions.
Each student is assigned to a CTY instructor to support them and give feedback during their course. Students can contact their instructor via email with any questions or concerns at any time. Live one-on-one online sessions can also be scheduled to prepare for the graded assessments, which include homework, quizzes, and a cumulative final exam. In addition, there are weekly group strategy sessions run by an instructor, where students will learn together.
The weekly strategy session will be held online every Tuesday evening from 8 - 9 p.m. (EST). Attendance is optional and all sessions are recorded so students can watch them at a later time. Instructions and details are posted on the course website for enrolled students.
For a detailed list of topics, click the List of Topics tab.
There are no required materials for this course.
The goal of this course is to familiarize students with MATHCOUNTS® competition problems and to assist them in applying efficient problem solving strategies while tackling any level problem. This will be done by exposing students to a wide array of MATHCOUNTS® competition questions and involving students in interactive group sessions with the course instructor, whereby students will be introduced to competitive math problem solving strategies. This course will focus on 11 topics that consistently appear in MATHCOUNTS® competitions, including:
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.