Math I  Summer Prealgebra and Advanced Topics – Year 1Age Level: Grades 3, 4, 5. Location: South View Middle School, Edina. Instructor: Karl Bunday, 2007 Edyth May Sliffe award recipient for middle school mathematics coaching, parent workshop director for Epsilon Camp 2012, 2013, and 2014. Textbook: Prealgebra by Richard Rusczyk, David Patrick, and Ravi Boppana (2011), useful for Year 1 and Year 2 students (may be purchased through our Amazon affiliate link. Dates: (See Calendar, or Home page). Cost: (See Registration page) Description: Accelerated prealgebra course for bright learners curious about mathematics, with much emphasis on foundations of higher mathematics and many problems selected from mathematics competitions. The Prealgebra and Advanced Topics course follows a syllabus, in development since 2005, that over two years covers most essential topics in a formal course in prealgebra and mathematical problemsolving contests for pupils of late elementary age, with additional topics from upperdivision universitylevel mathematics. The course lays a foundation for further advanced study of mathematics to the highest and most challenging level, and also delves into topics that are interesting and intriguing and not usually taught in the school curriculum. A student who has picked up basic methods of calculation quickly and is curious about why mathematics works will find this course a natural extension of personal talents and interests. Focus will be on approaches to problem solving, understanding mathematical algorithms, through preparation for algebra, and deep topics of interest to young learners. On Saturdays during the summer, the two halfterms (the fourweek July module or the fourweek August module) of the 11:00am section will be the "year 1" (Math I) sections, covering basic principles of statistics during the July halfterm and basic combinatorics (counting) and probability in the August halfterm. Students may take either the July halfterm, the August halfterm, or both whether they are new to the ECAE course (as some students will be) or alumni of the schoolyear ECAE course (as some students will be). Problems for the Math I summer course come not just from the assigned textbook but also from other sources around the world, especially for the fourth week of each four week halfterm. The summer courses at either level (Math I or Math II) are good introductions for firsttime students to the schoolyear ECAE courses. All ECAE mathematics courses especially emphasize building a foundation for numeracy in adult life, proficiency in secondary school mathematics, and success in university mathematics courses. Problem sources are not limited to the course textbook but include problems from many other sources, including problems originally written in Russia, China, or India. Math II  Summer Prealgebra and Advanced Topics – Year 2Age Level: Grades 3, 4, 5. Location: South View Middle School, Edina. Instructor: Karl Bunday, 2007 Edyth May Sliffe award recipient for middle school mathematics coaching, parent workshop director for Epsilon Camp 2012, 2013, and 2014. Textbook: Prealgebra by Richard Rusczyk, David Patrick, and Ravi Boppana (2011), useful for Year 1 and Year 2 students (may be purchased through our Amazon affiliate link. Dates: (See Calendar, or Home page). Cost: (See Registration page) Description: Accelerated prealgebra course for bright learners curious about mathematics, with much emphasis on foundations of higher mathematics and many problems selected from mathematics competitions. The Prealgebra and Advanced Topics course follows a syllabus, in development since 2005, that over two years covers most essential topics in a formal course in prealgebra and mathematical problemsolving contests for pupils of late elementary age, with additional topics from upperdivision universitylevel mathematics. The course lays a foundation for further advanced study of mathematics to the highest and most challenging level, and also delves into topics that are interesting and intriguing and not usually taught in the school curriculum. On Saturdays during the two summer halfterms (the fourweek July halfterm or the fourweek August halfterm), the 9:00am section will be the "year 2" (Math II) section, covering general problemsolving techniques such as finding patterns in problem situations, listing information as a problemsolving technique, diagramming to focus on essential details of a problem, and working backwards to generate possible solutions. Problems for the Math II summer course come not just from the assigned textbook but also from other sources around the world, especially for the fourth week of each fourweek halfterm. The year 2 halfterms for Math II in summer 2017 cover the same topics, so choose either July or August classes based on your convenience in scheduling. The summer courses at either level (Math I or Math II) are good introductions for firsttime students to the schoolyear ECAE courses. All ECAE mathematics courses especially emphasize building a foundation for numeracy in adult life, proficiency in secondary school mathematics, and success in university mathematics courses. Placement Test Instructions for Math I & II: The textbook publisher has an online placement test that shows what level is expected for starting the textbook, that is starting Year 1 of the twoyear Prealgebra and Advanced Topics (PAT) course. My Course Placement Test illustrates many of the topics that are covered during ECAE’s Math Year 1 class. The Year 2 section of the course assumes most of that content as background. Students can join either the Year 1 or the Year 2 section in the middle of the school year if they are ready.The Course Placement Test prints out as six pages. Calculations are to be done by thinking, or by pencil and paper, without any use of an electronic calculator, abacus, or slide rule. Encourage your child to do as much work, and to show as many steps, on the Course Placement Test as can be done in one hour, skipping ahead to problems farther along in the test if that helps complete more questions. The last question is also important. Once your child is done, please send the completed test by scanningandemailing to the instructor.
