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Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-algebra or equivalent
Course Format: Individually Paced
Course Length: Typically 3 months
Course Code: PS2
CTY's Problem Solving courses sharpen investigative skills, broaden mathematical understanding of concepts, and enhance reasoning skills. Designed around performance objectives that reflect national and state mathematical standards and drawing on software provided by Thinkwell, these courses demonstrate how mathematical issues arise out of real-life situations. Concepts are assessed through challenging homework, quizzes, and chapter tests. A cumulative midterm and final exam help reinforce concepts.
Problem Solving in Pre-algebra prepares students for a more formal study of mathematics in middle school. It is appropriate for students who have a good understanding of concepts in pre-algebra, but who wish to enrich their skills through interesting word problems and applications. Students continue the study of numbers and their operations. This course provides an excellent foundation for students who will be advancing into Honors Algebra I.
Please see the "List of Topics" tab for the full scope and sequence.
Each student is assigned to a CTY instructor to help them during their course. Students can contact their instructors via email with any questions or concerns at any time. Live one-on-one online review sessions can be scheduled as well to prepare for the graded assessments, which include homework, chapter exams, and a cumulative midterm and final.
Instructors use virtual classroom software allowing video, voice, text, screen sharing, and whiteboard interaction. Students are strongly encouraged to work on the course at least 1 hour a day, 5 days a week (for a 6-month enrollment), and email their instructors at least once per week.
There are no required materials for this course.
Each week, all students are invited to a Problem Solving Help Room run by a rotating staff of instructors. Students are encouraged to come with questions or just to meet other online students. Topics reviewed vary each week.
The Problem Solving Help Room meets each Tuesday from 7 – 8 p.m. ET.
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.