# Mathematics Program

### Below are the courses we offer all year long. Click on any course for more information about that course. Visit the Course Schedule to learn when the courses are offered or to enroll in courses.

#### 2nd Grade Mathematics

Students expand their understanding of the number system and place value, and they develop fluency adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. They explore the properties of special types of numbers, such as odds and evens. Problem-solving strategies are emphasized throughout the course, and each lesson includes challenging word problems and puzzles that guide students from the basics toward a deep understanding of the material.

#### 3rd Grade Mathematics

Students develop fluency with multiplication and division, including using the distributive property to simplify calculations. They also explore two-dimensional shapes, estimation, using variables to write expressions and equations, and other topics. Students expand their understanding of numbers by learning about fractions. We use word problems to teach students how to interpret words with mathematics, and puzzles to teach higher-order strategic thinking.

#### 4th Grade Mathematics

Students master multiplication and division of multi-digit numbers and build upon their understanding of addition and multiplication to include fractions. They also explore a wide variety of other topics, including properties of special two-dimensional shapes, symmetry, logic, factors, and probability. Students expand their understanding of numbers to include decimals and negative integers, and they encounter challenging word problems throughout to learn how to create and use mathematical models.

#### 5nd Grade Mathematics

Students complete their study of the arithmetic of fractions, decimals, and negative integers. They are also introduced to topics in geometry, number theory, statistics, and beginning algebra through lessons on three-dimensional solids, factors and multiples, statistics and data, sequences, and ratios. As with our earlier elementary school classes, we include challenging word problems and puzzles to teach students mathematical modeling and deductive reasoning.

#### Algebra 1

In Algebra 1, students learn how to work with various types of expressions both algebraically and geometrically. They learn how to solve linear and quadratic equations and how to represent various expressions in the Cartesian plane. We introduce students to the rich field of complex numbers, as well as to important common functions and concepts in discrete math.

#### Geometry 1

Students learn how to think spatially in our Geometry course. We start with fundamental concepts, from which we build a rich, rigorous tapestry of relationships. Students learn how to dissect complex configurations and discover the key insights that allow them to solve difficult problems. We also teach analytic methods for tackling geometry problems by placing them on the Cartesian plane, and we introduce trigonometry, thereby laying foundations for precalculus and calculus.

#### Algebra 2

Students continue their study of algebraic functions and applications in our Algebra 2 course. We start with a review of the key concepts of Algebra 1, expanding upon them to solve more difficult problems. We explore the rich field of polynomials, and lay foundations for calculus with a study of sequences and series. Students learn about a variety of common algebraic forms and important functions, and about tools for understanding new forms and functions they’ll encounter in the future. We also lay the groundwork for understanding optimization problems with a study of inequalities.

#### Precalculus

Our Precalculus class prepares students for a variety of college-level courses. Precalculus provides a deep exploration of trigonometry, complex numbers, and two- and three-dimensional vector spaces, with a special focus on how these areas of mathematics are related. This gives students a solid foundation for collegiate courses in calculus, linear algebra, multi-variable calculus, complex analysis, and physics.

#### Calculus

Our calculus class goes well beyond mechanics and calculators, and provides students a rigorous understanding of the fundamental operations of calculus, delivering a first-year calculus course like those students would find at a top-tier university. Students completing our calculus course will be in an excellent position to apply their new skills to physics, economics, engineering, and more advanced mathematics.

#### AMC 8

In this class, we will learn problem-solving strategies aligned with the Mathematical Practice Standards for classroom and MAA AMC success. Find practice examples galore listed by strategy and by Common Core topic. Bring excitement to mathematics learning, thinking, and doing!

#### Fun with Math!

Hate Math? Think Math is boring? Let this class change your mindset!

In this class, we will do nothing but have fun with Math. Here we have interesting Math stories, fun Math puzzles, cool Math magics, beautiful Math artworks, mind blowing Math equations, and much much more!

#### AMC 10/12

In this class, we will learn problem-solving strategies aligned with the Mathematical Practice Standards for classroom and MAA AMC success. Find practice examples galore listed by strategy and by Common Core topic. Bring excitement to mathematics learning, thinking, and doing!

# Fees & Schedule

If you are signing up for one or more of our courses, the cost consists of the following:
+ Registration fee: \$20
This fee is charged once per academic year per student. The fee
is only paid once if a student enrolls in multiple courses.
+ Curriculum Fee: \$20 per course
This fee covers all resources that student receives for the course.
+ Tuition: \$16 per course
Each semester we meet weekly for ~17-20 weeks (we follow Plano ISD calendar, thus
the number of weeks varies from semester to semester). Payment needs to be paid
in full before or on the 3rd week of the class.

Drop and Refund Policy:
If a student drops before the course starts, then we will issue a full refund of tuition and all associated fees.
If the student drops before the third class after the student enrolls, then we will issue a full refund of the tuition for the course (but not the registration or curriculum fee).

A student may withdraw during the semester if they give notice before half of the semester and we will issue a 30% refund of the tuition for the course (but not the registration or curriculum fee).