American Math Contest 10 (AMC 10) Syllabus
The main purpose of AMC 10 is to “spur interest in mathematics and to develop talent through the excitement of solving challenging problems in a timed multiple-choice format”.
The purpose of this course is to identify the math principals behind the challenging problems commonly appeared in AMC 10 and explain the techniques to solve them. These problem-solving skills should help students improve contest and class performance.
2 Course Content
Textbook: The school will provide textbook to the teacher. Students don't need to buy textbook
Exercise: mostly from on past AMC 10, may include problems from Mathematical Olympiads and AMC 12.
Polynomials and their zeros; exponentials and binomial theorem; triangle geometry and basic trigonometry; polygons; combinatorics and probability; number theory
3 Teaching focus
(1) In the process of teaching math, the teacher should encourage the students’ interest and courage to challenge difficult problems.
(2) The teacher should pay special attention to teach how to think outside of the box.
(3) The teacher should encourage the students to do exercise and try different approaches to the problem.
The grading will be based on homework (30%), class participation (20%), and midterm exam (20%) and final exam (30%). A = 90% and above, B = 80% - 89%, C = 70% - 79%, D = 60% - 69%