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Middle School Competitive Math I

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Open to: Grades 5-6

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required

Prerequisites: Successful completion of either grade 5 math and Math Olympiad for Elementary School, or Honors Grade 6 Mathematics

Course Format: Individually Paced

Course Length: Typically 3 months

Course Code: MS1

Course Description

Description

This course is the first of a sequence of courses intended to prepare students for math competitions, such as MATHCOUNTS® and Math Olympiad for Middle School Students (MOEMS), by strengthening their analytical and problem-solving skills. This course is designed to challenge and motivate students with little to no previous experience with math competitions at the middle school level. Highly motivated 5th graders are also encouraged to enroll.

Each topic covered includes interactive lessons with exercises, sample problems, assessments, and videos provided by the Art of Problem Solving. These activities allow students to learn and review both the material and problem-solving strategies. As students progress through the course, they will also complete free response questions and timed assessments 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 them feedback during their course. Students can contact their instructor via email with questions or concerns at any time. Live one-on-one online sessions can also be scheduled to prepare for graded assessments, which include homework, quizzes, unit exams, and a cumulative final exam. In addition, there are weekly group strategy sessions, run by an instructor, where students will learn about various strategies together.

The weekly strategy sessions are held online every Tuesday evening from 8-8:50 p.m. ET. Attendance is optional and all sessions are recorded so that they can be viewed at a later time. Instructions on how to attend the weekly strategy sessions are posted on the course website for enrolled students.

Topics Covered:

  • Integers
  • Elementary Number Theory
  • Ratios, Percent, and Proportion
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Variables and Expressions
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Basic Counting and Probability
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Plane and Solid Geometry
  • The Coordinate Plane

Materials Needed

There are no required materials for this course.

List of Topics

  • Integers
  • Elementary Number Theory
  • Ratios, Percent, and Proportion
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Variables and Expressions
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Basic Counting and Probability
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Plane and Solid Geometry
  • The Coordinate Plane

Technical Requirements

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.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.