Awesomemath Academy Online Courses – Fall 2018
Please Note: Problem Solving 1 is only offered in-person in Plano, Texas. For more information, please click here.
Problem Solving 2
Novice: Problem Solving 2
This course is online and intended for students who have been active in math competitions for a couple of years (obtained mid to high AMC 8 scores up to low to mid AMC 10 scores) and wish to further expand their abilities by consolidating their mathematical foundation to learn more advanced and in-depth concepts that can be applied on math contests and much more.

AwesomeMath uses the Zoom platform for the online courses. After we receive and processes the full payment for the course, we will send you a confirmation and meeting ID. You will be able to access the student dashboard beginning September 3, 2018.

Is this class for you? Please review this readiness guide before registering to ensure the class is the right fit.

Level Novice
When 2:00pm - 3:30pm CST, Saturdays
Who Most commonly suited for 7th-10th grade students with some background in competition math.
Course Size Maximum 20 students, minimum of 6
Tuition $495
Schedule
Fall 2018 Semester:
Saturdays
September: 8, 15, 22, 29
October: 13, 20, 27
November: 3, 10
December: 1, 8, 15
No classes: Oct 6, Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 22
 
Spring 2019 Semester:
Saturdays
January: 12, 19, 26
February: 2, 9, 16, 23
March: 2, 9, 30
April: 6, 13
No classes: Mar 16, Mar 23
Student Support If students have questions or concerns, they can discuss them with their instructor after class (instructor will stay online for 30 minutes after the class has ended) as well as by email. Emailed questions will be answered within 24 hours. Parents can help their students by guiding them towards constructing well thought out questions.
Course Structure Each class will contain a series of two or three 20-30 minute lectures where a concept is discussed and application to problem solving explored. Successive lectures will build upon previous lectures to add depth to the day's topic. After each lecture part there will be a 10-15 minute problem session where students will be given an opportunity to practice the material so far and ask for clarification or hints from the instructor.

Students will be assigned 2-3 problems a week as homework with an expected minimum time requirement of 1-2 hours per week to be able to benefit from the class. However, students should not expect to achieve full mastery of the material by doing only the minimum, and to get the absolute most out of the class they should attempt more problems from the handout daily and seek advice via e-mail. The instructor will seek to respond with a helpful hint in the right direction within 24 hours of receiving an e-mail, students should be specific on what ideas they have so far in a problem so guidance can be most effectively given.
Curriculum The following is a list of topics to be covered over the course of a year in class (each math course is designed to be taken for a minimum of two semesters in order to cover the material/topics necessary to move up to the next level course) with different topics each semester. We cover 3 topics from each area: Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry, and Number Theory. These topics may include:
  • Number Theory: Prime Factorization and Factorials, Number Systems, Solving Problems Using Remainders (Modulo), Working with Digits of Numbers, Working with Exponents, Divisibility
  • Geometry: Constructions/Counterexamples, Angle Chasing, Areas (deconstructing), Pythagorean Theorem, Working with Circles
  • Combinatorics: Counting by Rule of Product (choices), Counting Using Choose Function (binomials), Probability, Game Theory
  • Algebra: Common Factors, Solving Linear Equations, Expanding and Factoring, Complex Numbers, Solving Equations involving Absolute Value, Sequences, Formulas, Working with Functions
Suggested Resources (Optional) 106 Geometry Problems
111 Problems in Algebra and Number Theory
112 Combinatorics Problems
Additional Benefits Building foundational skills of problem solving and mathematical concepts that can lead to higher-level thinking and ability to function in higher math, ability to reason through problems and concepts for the purpose of writing proofs and learning fun math!
Problem Solving 3
Intermediate: Problem Solving 3
This course is intended for students who have been active in math competitions for a few years (obtained mid to high AMC 10 scores up to qualifying for AIME) and wish to further expand their abilities by consolidating their mathematical foundation to learn more advanced and in-depth concepts that can be applied on math contests and much more.

AwesomeMath uses the Zoom platform for the online courses. After we receive and processes the full payment for the course, we will send you a confirmation and meeting ID. You will be able to access the student dashboard beginning September 3, 2018.

Is this course for you? Please review this readiness guide before registering to ensure the course is the right fit. If your student can answer 4 questions without assistance, the Intermediate course is the right level and if your student can answer 8 questions without assistance, Advanced is the right level course.

Level Intermediate
When 12:00pm - 1:30pm CST, Saturdays
3:15pm - 4:45pm CST, Sundays
Who Advanced Middle School or high school student with a good background in math competition
Course Size Maximum 15 students, minimum of 6
Tuition $495
Schedule
Fall 2018 Semester:
Saturdays
September: 8, 15, 22, 29
October: 13, 20, 27
November: 3, 10
December: 1, 8, 15
No classes: Oct 6, Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 22
 
Sundays
September: 9, 16, 23, 30
October: 14, 21, 28
November: 4, 11
December: 2, 9, 16
No classes: Oct 7, Nov 18, Nov 25, Dec 23
 
Spring 2019 Semester:
Saturdays
January: 12, 19, 26
February: 2, 9, 16, 23
March: 2, 9, 30
April: 6, 13
No classes: Mar 16, Mar 23
 
Sundays
January: 13, 20, 27
February: 3, 10, 17, 24
March: 3, 10, 31
April: 7, 14
No classes: Mar 17, Mar 24
Course Structure The class will start with 45-60 minutes focus lecture on selected topics. The remaining time will be dedicated to work on problems related to such topics. Students will be able to work together in a breakout room, while the instructor helps moderate the room and give guidance or encouragement when necessary. Students will have several assigned homework problems which should be turned in electronically one day before the next class begins. Instructor recommends at least 2 hours of study time per week for the students to gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts and to become proficient with the topics. In order for students to fully master the material presented in class they should work on average 1-2 hours per day.
Student Support If students have questions or concerns, they can discuss them with their instructor after class (instructor will stay online for 30 minutes after the class has ended) as well as by email. Emailed questions will be answered within 24 hours. Parents can help their students by guiding them towards constructing well thought out questions.
Curriculum The following is a list of topics to be covered over the course of a year in class (each math course is designed to be taken for a minimum of two semesters in order to cover the material/topics necessary to move up to the next level course) with different topics each semester. We cover 3 topics from each area: Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry, and Number Theory. These topics may include:
  • Algebra: Quadratic Polynomials, Induction, Viete, Introduction to complex numbers, and Trigonometry, Recurrent sequence, inequalities (AM-GM-HM, Cauchy-Schwarz), Fundamental theorem of Algebra
  • Combinatorics: Double counting, Pigeonhole principle, Principle of Inclusion and Exclusion, Tiling problems, Coloring problems, Generating Functions, Graph theory, probability
  • Geometry: Similar triangles, Power of Points, Ceva, Mass points, Ceva, Menealus, Geometric inequalities, Areas, Homothety
  • Number Theory: Divisibility, Arithmetic Functions, Chinese Remainder Theorem, Euler theorem, Fermat theorem, Wilson theorem, Order of elements, Diophantine Equations, Divisibility Sequences
Suggested Resources (Optional) 105 Algebra Problems
106 Geometry Problems
108 Algebra Problems
111 Problems in Algebra and Number Theory
112 Combinatorics Problems
115 Trigonometry Problems
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Additional Benefits
  • Working towards guiding the thought process for a wider array of problem types
  • Learn the critical steps to procedurally solve a problem coupled with the tools to approach ANY problem that comes their way as opposed to studying solutions
Problem Solving 4
Advanced: Problem Solving 4
This course is intended for students who are ready to stretch their strongly developed mathematical skills (obtained high AMC 10/12 scores to mid-level AIME results) and wish to further expand their abilities by consolidating their mathematical foundation to learn more advanced and in-depth concepts that can be applied on math contests and much more. If your student is at the high AIME level and wishing to bridge their problem solving skills to the USA(J)MO level and beyond, please register for AwesomeMath Year-Round

AwesomeMath uses the Zoom platform for the online courses. After we receive and processes the full payment for the course, we will send you a confirmation and meeting ID. You will be able to access the student dashboard beginning September 3, 2018

Is this course for you? Please review this readiness guide before registering to ensure the course is the right fit. If your student can answer 4 questions without assistance, the Intermediate course is the right level and if your student can answer 8 questions without assistance, Advanced is the right level course.

Level Advanced
When 2:15pm - 3:45pm CST, Saturdays
Who High School Experienced Problem Solvers
Course Size Maximum 15 students, minimum of 8
Tuition $495
Schedule
Fall 2018 Semester:
Saturdays
September: 8, 15, 22, 29
October: 13, 20, 27
November: 3, 10
December: 1, 8, 15
No classes: Oct 6, Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 22
 
Spring 2019 Semester:
Saturdays
January: 12, 19, 26
February: 2, 9, 16, 23
March: 2, 9, 30
April: 6, 13
No classes: Mar 16, Mar 23
Course Structure The class will start with a 45-60 minutes lecture that will be focused on selected topics. The remaining time of class will be devoted to working on problems related to such topics. Students will be split into breakout rooms so they can work together, while the instructor will help moderate discussions and give guidance/encouragement when necessary. Students will have several assigned homework problems which will be turned in electronically one day before the next class begins. The instructor recommends at least 3 hours of work per week so students can fully understand the fundamental concepts of the lecture. In order to achieve proficiency of the material presented in class, students are expected to work on average of 1-2 hours per day.
Student Support If students have questions or concerns, they can discuss them with their instructor after class (instructor will stay online for 30 minutes after the class has ended) as well as by email. Emailed questions will be answered within 24 hours. Parents can help their students by guiding them towards constructing well thought out questions.
Curriculum The following is a list of topics to be covered over the course of a year in class (each math course is designed to be taken for a minimum of two semesters in order to cover the material/topics necessary to move up to the next level course) with different topics each semester. We cover 3 topics from each area: Algebra, Combinatorics, Geometry, and Number Theory. These topics may include:
  • Algebra: Symmetric polynomials, Complex numbers, Trigonometry, Finite differences, Lagrange Interpolation, Irreducibility of Polynomials
  • Combinatorics: Double counting, Pigeonhole principle, Principle of Inclusion and Exclusion, Probability, Partial order sets, Graph theory, Spanning tree, Generating Functions
  • Geometry: Similar triangles, Erdos-Mordell theorem, Mass points, Ceva and , Menelaus theorems, Geometric inequalities, Areas, Homothety, Barycentric Coordinates
  • Number Theory: Arithmetic Functions, Perfect powers, Euler theorem, Fermat's theorem, Wilson's theorem, Order of elements, Quadratic Reciprocity, Zsigmondy, and other specialized topics
Suggested Resources (Optional) 110 Geometry Problems for the IMO
Lemmas in Olympiad Geometry
107 Geometry Problems
114 Exponent and Logarithm Problems
109 Inequalities
115 Trigonometry Problems
116 Algebraic Inequalities
Additional Benefits
  • Providing guidance to transition to proof based solutions
  • Making connections between topics requiring more creativity in approach
  • Developing efficiency and patience in problem solving to build success in advanced math competitions
Physics 1
Physics Level 1
This course is intended to be the first encounter with physics problem solving for students with strong math skills. This course will guide them towards successful participation at the F = ma competition, which eventually leads to the International Physics Olympiads. The curriculum will cover the same areas as the F = ma competition, i.e., parts of classical mechanics, at a level beyond Pre-AP high-school physics. This course will not involve calculus.

Main goal: After taking this course, students will be ready to solve about a quarter of the problems at the annual F = ma competition in January, considered a great accomplishment for first-time participants and equivalent to passing AMC-10/12 math competition.

To experience the spirit of our classes, please see the recent recording of our "open house" webinar in which we talked about the rules of the F=ma exam, Einstein's discoveries of 1905, and a number of problems from a recent F=ma exam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lng7_rtpgq0

Who Students in grades 8th - 9th, occasional 6th - 7th graders, self-motivated
Tuition $395
Full payment required at the time of registration. No checks accepted.
Course Size Maximum 15 students
Course Structure

This course requires the student to work independently through the material that is posted online weekly. This course is a self-taught, instructor-assisted online learning environment with an experienced Teaching Assistant who provides a detailed feedback about what went wrong with homework problems. This feedback is a great benefit for our students. Students must be self-disciplined and should expect to participate in the program as designed.

  • Each week, students will login to their online dashboard to access pdf documents that contain:
    1. Links to videos - to be watched in preparation for the week's lesson
    2. Class notes - a written review of formulas and solved problems
    3. Homework - unsolved problems
  • Students will try to solve as many of the class problems they can and should then prepare and submit questions in preparation for the weekly instructor-led Q&A session on Saturday evening.
  • Students will submit their solutions to the assigned homework problems for instructor review/feedback. Solutions to the homework problems will be posted on the student's dashboard. Instructor feedback will also be sent and the cycle can begin again.
  • Students will have access to the online dashboard beginning September 3, 2018. Please familiarize yourself with the dashboard and review the detailed student expectations for participating in the course. Physics course materials will be made available for download beginning September 8, 2018.
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment
  • Watch weekly videos - suggested time 60 min
  • Work on class problems - suggested time 60 min
  • Instructor-led Q&A session - 60 min
  • Work on homework problems - suggested time 60 min
  • Review instructor's solutions and comments - suggested time 30 min
Online Q&A Sessions
Fall 2018 Semester:
Saturdays (6:00pm - 7:00pm CST)
September: 8, 15, 22, 29
October: 13, 20, 27
November: 3, 10
December: 1, 8, 15
No classes: Oct 6, Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 22
To maximize learning, students are strongly encouraged to attend the weekly online Q&A session. These sessions are recorded and posted online so students who miss them can review them at a later time. However, attendance is not a mandatory requirement to enroll in the course.
Additional Benefits This course will go a long way to prepare the kids for at least a part of the CBE (Credit by Exam) High School Physics tests, so they can test out of the High School Physics and take AP Physics as soon as the 9th or 10th grade. Again, our primary goal is to prepare the kids for physics competitions; CBE readiness is a side benefit.
Expected Prior Knowledge No prior exposure to physics is required. Very strong math skills are needed equivalent to Algebra 2, especially solving linear and quadratic equations, trigonomertic identities, vector algebra, and exponential and logarithmic functions.
Physics 2
Physics Level 2
The Level 2 course is intended to be the continuation of the Level 1 course, going deeper into physics problem solving and taking the students further in physics competitions. The curriculum will cover the same areas as the F = ma competition, i.e., parts of classical mechanics, at a level beyond AP physics. This course will not require calculus, but we will learn some of it.

Main goal: After taking this course, students will be ready to solve more than a half of the problems at the annual F = ma competition in January, which is often enough to qualify to the next level and is considered equivalent to passing the AIME math competition. A number of our students have gone to the USAPhO after taking Level 2 class, and many of them also won medals there!

To experience the spirit of our classes, please see the recent recording of our "open house" webinar in which we talked about the rules of the F=ma exam, Einstein's discoveries of 1905, and a number of problems from a recent F=ma exam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lng7_rtpgq0

Who Students in grades 10th - 11th, occasional 9th grader, self-motivated
Tuiton $395
Full payment required at the time of registration. No checks accepted.
Course Size Maximum 15 students
Course Structure

This course requires the student to work independently through the material that is posted online weekly. This course is a self-taught, instructor-assisted online learning environment with an experienced Teaching Assistant who provides a detailed feedback about what went wrong with homework problems. This feedback is a great benefit for our students. Students must be self-disciplined and should expect to participate in the program as designed.

  • Each week, students will login to their online dashboard to access pdf documents that contain:
    1. Links to videos - to be watched in preparation for the week's lesson
    2. Class notes - a written review of formulas and solved problems
    3. Homework - unsolved problems
  • Students will try to solve as many of the class problems they can and should then prepare and submit questions in preparation for the weekly instructor-led Q&A session on Saturday evening.
  • Students will submit their solutions to the assigned homework problems for instructor review/feedback. Solutions to the homework problems will be posted on the student's dashboard. Instructor feedback will also be sent and the cycle can begin again.
  • Students will have access to the online dashboard beginning September 3, 2018. Please familiarize yourself with the dashboard and review the detailed student expectations for participating in the course. Physics course materials will be made available for download beginning September 8, 2018.
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment
  • Watch weekly videos - suggested time 60 min
  • Work on class problems - suggested time 90 min
  • Instructor-led Q&A session - 60 min
  • Work on homework problems - suggested time 90 min
  • Review instructor's solutions and comments - suggested time 30 min
Online Q&A Sessions
Fall 2018 Semester:
Saturdays (7:00pm - 8:00pm CST)
September: 8, 15, 22, 29
October: 13, 20, 27
November: 3, 10
December: 1, 8, 15
No classes: Oct 6, Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 22
To maximize learning, students are strongly encouraged to attend the weekly online Q&A session. These sessions are recorded and posted online so students who miss them can review them at a later time. However, attendance is not a mandatory requirement to enroll in the course.
Additional Benefits This course will go a long way to prepare the kids for at least a part of the AP Physics tests. Again, our primary goal is to prepare the kids for physics competitions; AP readiness is a side benefit.
Expected Prior Knowledge Level 1 course at the Academy or at least Pre-AP high school physics. Very strong math skills are needed at the level of Precalculus.
Physics 3
Physics Level 3
The Level 3 course is the continuation of the Level 2 course, going deeper and broader into physics problem solving and taking the students further in physics competitions. The curriculum will cover selected problems from areas of physics needed to succeed at the USAPhO competition: Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Thermodynamics, Fluids, Relativity, Waves, and Nuclear and Atomic Physics all at a level beyond AP physics. Each area will be covered over two weekly units with representative problems of serious difficulty. This course requires some calculus (basic differentiation and integration) and will definitely require students to work hard for each class.

Main goal: After taking this course, students will be ready to pass the annual F=ma competition and to actively participate at the next level of competition, the USAPhO.

Who Students in grades 10th - 12th, occasional 9th grader, highly self-motivated
Tuiton $495
Full payment required at the time of registration. No checks accepted.
Course Size Maximum 15 students
Course Structure

This course requires the student to work independently through the material that is posted online weekly. This course is a self-taught, instructor-assisted online learning environment with Teaching Assistants who were our students and have won medals at the USAPhO. Students must be self-disciplined and should expect to participate in the program as designed.

  • Each week, students will login to their online dashboard to access pdf documents that contain:
    1. Links to videos - to be watched in preparation for the week's lesson
    2. Class notes - a written review of formulas and solved problems
    3. Homework - unsolved problems
  • Students will try to solve as many of the class problems they can and should then prepare and submit questions in preparation for the weekly instructor-led Q&A e-mail exchange.
  • Unlike Level 1 and Level 2, this course will not have live Webinars. Instead, students will be able to interact with the instructor and TA’s via e-mail in near-real-time.
  • Students will have access to the online dashboard beginning September 3, 2018. Please familiarize yourself with the dashboard and review the detailed student expectations for participating in the course. Physics course materials will be made available for download beginning September 8, 2018.
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment
  • Watch weekly videos - suggested time 60 min
  • Work on class problems - suggested time 90 min
  • Work on homework problems - suggested time 120 min
  • Review instructor's solutions and comments - suggested time 30 min
New Materials Published and Homework Due
Fall 2018 Semester:
Saturdays (9:00pm CST)
September: 8, 15, 22, 29
October: 13, 20, 27
November: 3, 10
December: 1, 8, 15
No classes: Oct 6, Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 22
To maximize learning, students are strongly encouraged to e-mail their questions to the instructor. Along with homework feedback, that communication is probably the greatest benefit of this class.
Additional Benefits This course will go a long way to prepare the kids for the AP Physics tests. Again, our primary goal is to prepare the kids for physics competitions; AP readiness is a side benefit.
Expected Prior Knowledge Mandatory: Level 2 course at the Academy or at least 12 points on an earlier F=ma test. Very strong math skills are needed at the level of Precalculus and some Calculus.

Not mandatory, but desired: AP Physics 1 and 2.
Chemistry 1
Chemistry Level 1
This course is intended to be the first encounter with competitive chemistry problem solving for students who took at least one Chemistry class in high-school. This course will guide them towards successful participation at the Local Chemistry Olympiad Competition which is the first step in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad USNCO, that eventually leads to the International Chemistry Olympiad. The curriculum will cover the same areas as the Local Chemistry Olympiad competition, which spans areas of general, physical, organic and analytical chemistry. This is a unique and targeted overview of key areas necessary for the pursuit of Olympics, as well as a valuable overview for AP curriculum with a focus on problem-solving. This course requires Algebra 1 proficiency.

Is this course for you? Please take this self-assessment test before registering to understand the level of knowledge required for this online course.

Main goal: After taking this course, students will be ready to solve enough problems to do well at the annual Local Chemistry Olympiad Competition in March and qualify for the USNCO.

Who Students in grades 9th-11th, occasional 7th-8th graders, who took at least one chemistry class and are familiar with basic chemistry concepts such as atoms, molecules, periodic system, chemical equations, stoichiometry, etc.
Tuiton $395
Full payment required at the time of registration. No checks accepted.
Course Size Maximum 15 students
Course Structure

This course requires the students to work independently through the material that is posted online weekly. This course is a self-taught, instructor-assisted online learning environment. Students must be self-disciplined and should expect to participate in the program as designed.

  • Each week, students will login to their online dashboard to access pdf documents that contain:
    1. Links to videos - to be watched in preparation for the week's lesson
    2. Class notes - a written review of formulas and solved problems
    3. Homework - unsolved problems
  • Students will try to solve as many of the class problems they can and should communicate over e-mail with the instructor about any questions they might have.
  • Students will submit their solutions to the assigned homework problems for instructor review/feedback. Solutions to the homework problems will be posted on the student's dashboard. Instructor feedback will also be sent and the cycle can begin again.
  • Students will have access to the online dashboard beginning September 3, 2018. Please familiarize yourself with the dashboard and review the detailed student expectations for participating in the course. Chemistry course materials will be made available for download beginning September 8, 2018.
Estimated Weekly Time Commitment
  • Review Class notes and videos - suggested time 30 min
  • Work on class problems - suggested time 30 min
  • Work on homework problems - suggested time 45 min
  • Attend Instructor-led problem-solving session - 60 min
Schedule
Fall 2018 Semester:
Saturdays (5:00pm CST)
September: 8, 15, 22, 29
October: 13, 20, 27
November: 3, 10
December: 1, 8, 15
No classes: Oct 6, Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 22
To maximize learning, students are strongly encouraged to attend the weekly online Q&A session. However, attendance is not a mandatory requirement to enroll in the course.
Additional Benefits This course will go a long way to prepare the kids for at least a part of the CBE (Credit by Exam) High School Chemistry tests, so they can test out of the High School Chemistry and take AP Chemistry.
Expected Prior Knowledge Prior exposure to chemistry is required (for example, concepts such as atoms, molecules, periodic system, chemical equations should be familiar to the student). Algebra 1 proficiency required.