2016-2017 online program registration is available!

Online Program

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The IDEA MATH online program is a new way of learning math. It is designed for young and talented students who take pleasure in tackling challenging math problems. In this program we strive to provide students with a math education that helps them develop critical thinking, analytical reasoning and problem solving skills.

IDEA MATH was founded in 2007 as a weekend program for able students in the Greater Boston area. A few years later, the IDEA MATH program extended to a winter program in California and summer programs throughout the country. As time went on, we began to encounter many interesting topics that we wanted to share with all students worldwide, not just those who lived close by. Modern technology has now made this possible. The IDEA MATH online program aims to encompass knowledge that we believe to be essential for budding mathematicians.

Please watch these four videos in which we introduce our online program [watch program video] .

This year, Fall 2016 - Spring 2017, we are offering eight courses with each course consisting of two sequential fall and spring sessions.

2016 Fall Session 2017 Spring Session
PCX Geometry & Counting PCX Algebra & Number Sense
UC1 Geometry & Combinatorics UC1 Algebra & Number Sense
UC2 Geometry & Combinatorics UC1 Algebra & Number Theory
UC3 Geometry & Combinatorics UC3 Algebra & Number Theory
RC1 Trigonometry & Combinatorics RC1 Algebra & Analytic Method in Geometry
MO1 Geometry & Combinatorics MO1 Algebra & Number Theory
MO2 Geometry & Combinatorics MO2 Algebra & Number Theory
MO3 Geometry & Combinatorics MO3 Algebra & Number Theory

Academic Grid

  These courses cover: To take this class, students should have:
PC1/PC2/PCX Topics in AMC8 (and AMC10) and most topics in MathCounts, and much more. Strong command in Pre-Algebra and good experience in Algebra to start in PC1.
UCX/UC1/UC2/UC3 Topics in MathCounts, AMC10, most topics in ARML, certain topics in AIME, and much more. Solid performance in AMC10 and/or MathCount state round to start in UC1 course.
RC1/RC2/RC3 Complete enhancements of Pre-Calculus with extensions to vector operations and 3-D geometry, as well as all topics in AMC12 and AIME, and much more. Solid performance in AIME to start in RC1 course.
MO1/MO2/MO3 Most topics in USAJMO, USAMO, and IMO. Strong AIME performance.

*MO1 is a newly introduced entry level Olympiad course. MO2, MO3 correspond to the RP1 and RP2 classes in the old academic grid.

Course Structure

Our courses consist of 10 units. In each unit, we start by distributing a set of problems and a series of specially-crafted mini videos. Students study selected problems and concepts following the discussions and instructions given in the mini video. They will then work on the homework and submit their work electronically. Their work will be reviewed by a highly selective group of teachers and returned with feedback and detailed comments. We close the unit with another series of specially-crafted mini videos, summarizing students’ work and further discussing some of the more challenging problems in the unit.

Mini Video Lecture Series [watch demo videos]

We believe students learn best by discovering, rather than simply memorizing, essential theorems and techniques. Therefore, we think that video lectures should lead students through exercises, examples and explanations to build their understanding of mathematics, rather than simply give them theorems to memorize. Our videos show the interactions between two experienced, world class math instructors who are working on a problem together. This way, the viewer can see how they both think, hear their ideas and reasoning behind their thoughts, and experience the atmosphere of solving a math question.

Our video lectures have been created in layers that can bring students to their own new discoveries. Lectures often begin with the instructors introducing a carefully chosen problem from the unit. Students will then be given a few minutes to think about how they can approach this problem. Afterwards, instructors will provide their own insights to solving the problem – possibly by (but most certainly not limited to) pointing out patterns in the problem, attempting to make an educated guess or examining special cases to discover more about how the given problem behaves. Instructors will break down the problem step by step, adding new layers of intricacy to each question. During this succession, students will be given several breaks to think about what has been said in the video and use any hints given by the instructors. This structure allows students to receive an appropriate amount of guidance without preventing them from discovering their own solution.

By watching these videos, students can see multiple ways to solve a problem, as well as the inspiration behind these methods. Due to the layered structure of each video, students will have the opportunity to discover mathematics on their own accord rather than simply see a solution being presented. We hope that students will begin to ask, “Why would I solve the problem this way?” in addition to the standard, “How do I solve this problem?” This way, when students encounter a difficult problem later on, they have the mental capacity and the study strategies to think of a method to solve the problem.

Each lecture will be around 1 hour long. The video lecture will have a layered structure that requires the student not only to listen, but to also pause the video and work on problems on their own.

Communication

Our main form communication is through email. All important announcements will be emailed to all students enrolled in the course. In addition, students can email the instructor with questions throughout the course.

On an individual basis, students will receive constant feedback from the instructor. Every two weeks, the instructor will grade and give comments on a student’s submitted homework, often in the form of a scanned file with an instructor’s comments and suggestions annotated on a student’s homework submission. Additionally, students will be able to ask instructors individualized questions at any time. On a class-wide scope, there will be means of communication that will allow students to learn from their peers and through group discussion. Students will be able to ask questions addressed to the entire class while enrolled in our online program.

Instructors

The program will be run by a highly selective group of teachers led by Dr. Zuming Feng. Zuming led the USA Math Olympiad team and its training program for fifteen years. He is one the most prominent math instructors in the USA on problem solving based curriculums (from secondary school level to college level). Every member of our teaching group is a responsible and enthusiastic math educator with extensive problem solving experience.

The teaching materials will be mainly written by Zuming Feng. Zuming Feng, Ivan Borsenco, and Zhuo Qun (Alex) Song are the main presenters in our teaching mini video series.

Schedule

Fall 2016 Schedule
Unit Material availability date Expected homework submission date Review availability date
1 Sep 18 Sep 25 Sep 26
2 Sep 28 Oct 9 Oct 10
3 Oct 12 Oct 23 Oct 24
4 Oct 26 Nov 6 Nov 7
5 Nov 9 Nov 20 Nov 21
6 Nov 23 Dec 4 Dec 5
7 Dec 7 Dec 18 Dec 19
8* Dec 21 Dec 30 Dec 31
9* Jan 1 Jan 8 Jan 9
10 Jan 11 Jan 22 Jan 23
Spring 2017 Schedule
Unit Material availability date Expected homework submission date Review availability date
1 Jan 25 Feb 5 Feb 6
2 Feb 8 Feb 19 Feb 20
3 Feb 22 Mar 5 Mar 6
4 Mar 8 Mar 19 Mar 20
5 Mar 22 Apr 2 Apr 3
6 Apr 5 Apr 16 Apr 17
7 Apr 19 Apr 30 May 1
8 May 3 May 14 May 15
9 May 17 May 28 May 29
10 May 31 Jun 11 Jun 12
*Units 8 and 9 have a slightly shorter time span.

Registration procedure

Before you start – How to contact IDEA MATH

As always, we welcome all applicant's specific academic questions about our curriculum, course selection, placement and teaching styles, as well as students' class-work and preparation. Applicants are also welcome to consult our academic staff via email at info@ideamath.org -- please make sure to put the email subject in the following form:

«Student Full Name» (ID #) «Inquiry»

(For example, John Smith (ID 1234) Weekend Program Placement)

Create an account:

New students, please create an account

It is important for the applicant to input as much detailed information as possible. In particular age, high school graduation year, detailed math background -- courses taken, and contests taken -- rounds and scores (rather than ranks)

Select a course

Please read the Course Placement Policy section and academic page for more information. Our academy staff review a student's course selection and student's overall mathematical background information in their account. If academic staff see a potential mismatch, they will communicate with the applicant to help decide the course/placement test that will best suit the applicant. Applicants are also welcome to consult our academic staff about course selection via email to info@ideamath.org

Course Placement Policy

Returning IDEA Math student intending to the online program will be placed into the most appropriate class per the recommendation given by their most recent IDEA Math instructor. If you have questions regarding course placement recommendations, please contact info@ideamath.org.

Applicants new to our program who wish to apply for the online program should create an account, enter information in their account about their mathematical background, and read through our academic grid to determine the course they intends to take.

After reviewing applicant’s background in detail, the IDEA Math staff will provide both feedback and a course placement recommendation.

Register for class

Please log in to your account to register for our online program. Please contact us (email to info@ideamath.org) if you have any questions regarding the registration process.

Please Note: There is no application fee and students are only required to pay the tuition for the session they registered for. However, the registration is not complete until the tuition is paid in full.

Registration /Tuition Schedule and Amount

  Registration and Tuition Paid By* Amount
Session 1: Sept. 18, 2016 $995
Session 2: Jan. 25, 2017 $995

*Registration is ONLY completed when tuition is paid in full.

**While students can register for our online program at any time during the session, students who pay tuition after this date may not have the chance to receive individualized feedback on homework assigned before registration was complete. However, once a student completes registration, they will have access to all videos and problem sets.

Please log in to your account, and click the tuition button to pay the tuition online.

Tuition Refund Policy for Each Session

Withdraw Request Made by Deadline Refund Amount
Before the 1st unit Session 1: 09/18/2016, Session 2: 01/25/2017 (Paid Tuition) - $100
Before the 3rd unit Session 1: 10/12/2016, Session 2: 02/22/2017 (Paid Tuition) - $400
After the 3rd unit starts No refund

Please note that the tuition payment is independent to student's course placement because the tuition is for registration to the program, not for a specific course. IDEA MATH staff work with students on course placement by extensively reviewing their academic backgrounds, assigning placement tests, reviewing placement test work, and more. IDEA MATH staff make the final decision on students' course placements. (Please see our Course Placement Policy section for details.) All-tuition refunds (in written form, we do not accept online) will be processed based on our refund policy.