In this summer course, students explore some of our math team's favorite unconventional math topics while building problem-solving skills that they'll use throughout their education.
Math Beasts Camp 7-8 (Algebra Prep)
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Math Beasts Camp 7-8 is designed for students who are ready for an Algebra course, such as Honors Math 7 or Contest Math 7.
Our expert instructors use content developed by the Art of Problem Solving curriculum team to teach Math Beasts Camp 7-8, a deeper exploration of topics that students start to learn in Prealgebra. AoPS curriculum prepares students for success at top universities and competitive careers. No books are required for this class.
Math Beasts Camp 7-8 includes sessions in Mathematical Exploration and Problem Solving.
Our Mathematical Exploration sessions are designed to equip students with general mathematical strategies that will be useful throughout their education. We introduce topics most students won't encounter until much later in their schooling. Students explore cryptography, starting with Caesar Ciphers, Keyword Ciphers, and other techniques before learning about the foundations of modern cryptography — the building blocks of number theory. Students will end the course with an appreciation for the cryptographic concepts behind internet security.
The Problem Solving sessions focus on logical thinking, while providing review of key math concepts from Prealgebra. Students participate in a wide range of math-related games and puzzles that are meant to push student understanding of familiar topics well beyond the standard grade level.
Our instructors hold classes virtually, in a small-sized (10-16 students) videoconferencing classroom.
There is no required homework for Math Beasts Camp 7-8. However, we've prepared more materials than we can cover during class and many students continue working on them after class for extra practice.
Drop and refund policies
If you drop a summer course before the start of your first class session, we'll issue a full refund for the course tuition. No refunds will be issued for withdrawing from a summer course after the start of your first class session.
Our summer course offerings meet five days a week, Monday through Friday. We offer this course in two timing formats. Both cover the same course material.
- The two-week course meets for 3 hours each day.
- The four-week course meets for 1.5 hours each day.
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