Springlight 2014 AIME Course Introduction

Math competitions are highly valued for
  1. Colleges: Many top schools like MIT, Caltech, and Yale ask for scores.
  2. Job Interviews: Many top companies ask math questions as a test of number sense and basic skills.
  3. Creative problem solving: Math competitions are one of the only tools that allow students to practice ways of solving complex “unbreakable” problems and fosters these skills for real world work.
Be prepare for the math competitions for
AMC 10 A/12 A –Tuesday, February 3, 2015
AMC 10 B/12 B — Wednesday, February 25, 2015
AIME I — Thursday, March 19, 2015
AIME II — Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Springlight 2014 AIME Course

early to receive 10% discount
Instructor: Andrew Cui
Contact information: 408-366-2204, spring.light.edu@gmail.com
Fee: $800 (10% off if register and pay by Nov. 1st).
Registration HERE .
Drop the check to SpringLight’s office or pay online via paypal or quickpay to the account spring.light.edu@gmail.com
Small group 4 to 10 students. Private lessons and smaller groups also available, inquire for more details.
When?
Friday, 7:00 to 9:00pm, Nov. 7th, 2014 to Mar. 13th, 2015 (total 16 sessions. no class on Nov. 28th, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2)
Where?
1340 S De Anza Blvd. Suite 204, San Jose, CA 95129
For Whom?
This AIME course is aimed at those students with AMC 10/12 scores of 100+ to students who have scored around 5 on the AIME.
What?
This class will focus mostly on building strong basics in the four main pillars of Combinatorics, Number Theory, Geometry, and Algebra before moving on to general problem solving strategies and tips.  The goal is for students to obtain the mental agility required to tackle these complex problems and hopefully get them within and past range of qualification for the USAMO and USAJMO, or around 9 problems.
Organization
This course will be organized in the following three parts: Basics, Supplementals, Problem Solving Strategies.
Days 1-4: Combinatorics, Number Theory, Geometry, and Algebra
Days 5-12: Supplemental topics like trigonometry, some complex number methods, and graph theory will be covered with backing from the ArtOfProblemSolving books and other resources.
Days 13-16: The class will focus on how to target the mid-range problems of 6 to about 12 and what strategies are needed to get a handle and a good direction to start solving these problems.
Course Objectives
  1. Improve student scores by working on both fundamental theorems and ideas as well as problem solving strategies.
  2. Foster creative problem solving strategies
  3. Make the USA(J)MO!!!
How?
Focus on basic concepts and essential knowledge before moving on developing the skills and intuition to find and pursue good lines of attack for complex problems.
Homework
The instructor does not plan to give any official homework for the class, instead, students are expected to complete all of the previous 20+ AIME contests, which is over 60 hours of practice. He is open to questions on any previous AIME, and will be happy to go over “homework”. The reason for this is that many students have completed the previous AIME contests so they are not the best class materials, but they are still the best practice by far, and should be completed by anyone seriously considering passing the AIME.

 

Instructor: Andrew Cui
Andrew Cui is the top senior at Lynbrook High school  with experience teaching Mathcounts classes at Miller Middle and has done extensive tutoring through Lynbrook’s STARR program as well SpringLight.
In addition he has performed well on multiple math and science contests. He is also an officer of Lynbrook’s math club.

• USAMO 2014 (top 266 in nation)
• USAJMO 2013 (top 231 9th and 10th graders in nation)
• AIME 2011-2014 top score of 11 (354th in nation by score)
• USAPHO silver 2014
• BAMO 2nd place 2011 HM 2012
• SCVMA – Santa Clara Valley Math

10th Place Calculus(2014)
 1st Place Pre-Calculus (2013)
6th Place Algebra II (2012)

Finally, Andrew has taken 8 AP’s including all three Physics, Calc BC, and Computer Science with all 5’s.

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