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Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required
Prerequisites: Completion of at least one semester of Algebra I
Course Format: Individually Paced
Course Length: Typically 3 months
Course Code: PS3
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 video lectures provided by Thinkwell, these courses demonstrate how mathematical issues arise out of real-life situations. Concepts are assessed through challenging quizzes and chapter tests. With the guidance of their instructors, students typically select enrichment or supplementary math courses of the appropriate level in between their accelerated courses to ensure a solid foundation and mastery of math concepts at each level.
In Problem Solving in Algebra, students focus on the symbols and rules of algebra and how they are used to represent relationships. Students master skills and concepts through practice problems, interactions within every lesson, and workout questions. Students apply what they have learned to solve sets of questions at varying levels of difficulty. This course provides an excellent foundation for students who will be advancing into Honors Algebra II.
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.
Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to understand concepts typically covered in first-semester algebra, such as:
For a detailed list of topics, click the List of Topics tab.
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.