Advanced Math Topics Honors: Mathletes

Course Number: 352/353; 352G/353G

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Pending Approved: Math area “C” requirement. This course is considered an elective and does not satisfy the OLP Math graduation requirement.

Course Description:
Advanced Math Topics Honors is a course designed for high-achieving and/or highly motivated math students who want to compete in high school math competitions. The course will cover a variety of Algebra and Geometry topics. Students will be challenged to develop a deeper understanding of these concepts than is typically required in regular or even honors Algebra and Geometry courses. They will develop the skills and understanding necessary to complete higher-level, critical-thinking problems that synthesize and even stretch beyond these concepts. This curriculum will also prepare these students to compete in several state and national math competitions both individually and as a team. Students must commit to participate in at least one of these competitions in order to enroll in this course. Most of the competitions will be hosted by the Mathematical Association of America. Students are encouraged to review these competitions before signing up for the course.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • The Art of Problem Solving (Volume 1). ISBN: 978-0-9773045-6-1

Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Difficult
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Prerequisites:

Seniors:

  • "A" in Pre Calculus Honors or AP Calculus or Teacher Recommendation
  • 600 SAT Math OR 27 ACT Math

Juniors:

  • "A" in Geometry Honors or Pre Calculus Honors or Teacher Recommendation
  • 550 PSAT Math OR 600 SAT Math OR 27 ACT Math

Sophomores:

  • "A" in Algebra II Honors or Geometry Honors or Teacher Recommendation
  • 550 PSAT Math

Freshmen:

  • 80th percentile or higher on Math Placement Exams