IDEA MATH Curriculum

IDEA MATH provides extensive curriculum. Our courses are intended for able students desiring to expand their mathematics knowledge beyond regular classroom settings. We emphasize study skills (such as taking notes, oral and written presentations, and listening, observing, and organization etc.). We believe in studying math via problem solving as a medium to develop students' learning interests, problem solving, and critical thinking abilities. Our courses cover a board range of topics with more depth than most contests require. While our programs are not intended to be boot camps for contest preparations, many of our students participate in contests and do well in them. The following table provides some simplified connections between our courses and certain math contests.

IDEAMATH Curriculum grid - Extra-Curricular    

                                                    School Enrichment Component Extra-curricular Component Intended For
 Math Roots Pre-Algebra (part 1) Number sense, shapes and figures, counting basics, patterns recognition, arithmetic techniques, and word problems.
Contest reference: CML, Intro AMC8.
Able and interested 4th and 5th graders.
 Math Buds Pre-Algebra (part 2) Number sense, shapes and figures, counting basics, patterns recognition, arithmetic techniques, and word problems.
Contest reference: CML, Intro AMC8.
Able and interested 5th and 6th graders who have good command on Pre-Algebra and some experience on extracurricular activities. (For example, students who have completed IDEA MATH Pre-Algebra course or equivalent.)
 PC1 Integrated Math 1 (part 1):
Algebra 1 based
Math Challenges Level 1 (MC1)
Contest reference: Intro to medium level AMC8 and school rounds of MathCounts
Able and interested 6th, 7th graders who have excellent command on Pre-Algebra (some familiarity with Algebra 1 is welcome) and some experience on extracurricular activities such as AMC8 and MathCounts or equivalent. (For example, students who have completed IDEA MATH PC0 course or equivalent.)
 PC2 Integrated Math 1 (part 2):
Algebra 1 based
Math Challenges Level 2 (MC2)
Contest reference: Medium level AMC8, intro level AMC10, school and chapter rounds of MathCounts
Able and interested 6th, 7th graders who have good command on Algebra and experience on extracurricular activities such as AMC8 and MathCounts or equivalent. (For example, students who have completed IDEA MATH PC1 course or equivalent.)
 PCX Integrated Math 2 (part 1)
Advanced Algebra 1 and Geometry based
Math Challenges Level 3 (MC3)
Contest reference: Advanced level AMC8, intro to medium level AMC 10, chapter and state rounds of MathCounts
Students who have completed IDEA MATH PC2 course or equivalent.
(As a general reference, students shall have an AMC10 score close to 90.)
 UC1 Integrated Math 2 (part 2)
Advanced Algebra 1 and Geometry based
Math Challenges Level 4 (MC4)
Contest reference: Medium level AMC 10, intro level AMC12 and AIME, state and national rounds of MathCounts
Students who have completed IDEA MATH PCX course or equivalent.
(As a general reference, students shall have an AMC10 score close to 105.)
 UC2 Integrated Math 3 (part 1)
Advanced Algebra 2 and Geometry and Trigonometry based
Math Challenges Level 5 (MC5)
Contest reference: Medium to advanced level AMC 10, medium level AMC12, intro to medium level AIME, state and national rounds of MathCounts, intro to medium level HMNT
Students who have completed IDEA MATH UC1 course or equivalent.
(As a general reference, students shall have an AMC10 score close to 120.)
 UC3 Integrated Math 3 (part 2)
Advanced Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, and Analytic geometry (include parametric equations/vectors/3-D geometry) based
Math Challenges Level 6 (MC6)
Contest reference: Advanced level AMC 10, medium level AMC12 and AIME, state and national rounds of MathCounts, medium level HMNT
Students who have completed IDEA MATH UC2 course or equivalent.
(As a general reference, students shall have an AIME score close to 6.)
 RC1/MO1 What is proof? Math Challenges Level 7 (MC7)
Contest reference: Advanced level AMC10 and AMC12, medium to advanced level AIME and HMNT, intro level HMMT
Students who have completed IDEA MATH UC3 course or equivalent.
(As a general reference, students shall have an USAJMO/USAMO index close to USAJMO/USAMO cutoff.)
 RC2/MO2 Introduction to Math Olympiads Math Challenges Level 8
Contest reference: Advanced level AMC10 and AMC12, medium to advanced level AIME and HMNT, medium level HMMT -- optional
Students who have completed IDEA MATH RC1/MO1 course or equivalent.
(As a general reference, students shall have an solid performance in USAJMO/USAMO.)
 MO3 Mathematics Olympiads Math Challenges Level 9 (MC9) and Topics in higher mathematics Students who have completed IDEA MATH RC2/MO2 course or equivalent.
 MO4 Advanced Mathematics Olympiads Math Challenges Level 10 (MC10) and Topics in higher mathematics Students who have completed IDEA MATH MO3 course or equivalent.

IDEAMATH Curriculum grid - School Enrichment Courses    

                                                         School Extension Components Intended For
 Pre-Algebra (part 1) Pre-Algebra based, problem-solving oriented Able and interested 4th and 5th graders
 Pre-Algebra (part 2) Pre-Algebra based, problem-solving oriented Able and interested 5th and 6th graders
 Integrated Math 1 (part 1) Algebra 1 based, problem-solving oriented Able and interested 6th and 7th graders
 Integrated Math 1 (part 2) Algebra 1 based, problem-solving oriented Able and interested 6th and 7th graders
 Integrated Math 2 (part 1) Advanced Algebra 1 and Geometry based, problem-solving oriented Able and interested 7th and 8th graders
 Integrated Math 2 (part 2) Intro Algebra 2 and Geometry based Able and interested 7th and 8th graders
 Integrated Math 3 (part 1) Geometry and Trigonometry based Able and interested 8th and 9th graders
 Integrated Math 3 (part 2) Advanced Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, and Analytic geometry (include parametric equations/vectors/3-D geometry) based Able and interested 8th and 9th graders
 Integrated Math 4 (part 1) Pre-Calculus based (including 3-D geometry, analytic transformations, matrix and vector operations) Able and interested 9th and 10th graders
 Integrated Math 4 (part 2) Pre-Calculus based (including 3-D geometry, analytic transformations, matrix and vector operations) Able and interested 9th and 10th graders
 Calculus (part 1) Calculus AB based and much more Able and interested 10th and 11th graders
 Calculus (part 2) Calculus AB based and much more Able and interested 10th and 11th graders
 Calculus (part 3) Calculus BC based and much more Able and interested 10th, 11th, 12th graders
 Calculus (part 4) Calculus BC based and much more Able and interested 10th, 11th, 12th graders