AMC 10/12


The AMC—organized by the Mathematical Association of America—is a prestigious nationwide mathematics competition in the United States. Started in the 1950s, the AMC has been the exclusive pathway for a student to advance to the USA Mathematical Olympiad. The AMC is an opportunity for students to excel in an academic sphere, and gives students a chance to stimulate their mathematical curiosity and skills. Many well-known colleges and universities have access to AMC contest scores and use them for recruiting and admissions.

This mathematics course will prepare students for the AMC 10/12, the first exam in the series of exams used to challenge students on the path toward choosing the team that represents the United States at the International Mathematics Olympiad. The AMC 10 and 12 are 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations. The AMC 10 is for 10th grade students and below, and covers high school curriculum up to the 10th grade. The AMC 12 is for 12th grade students and below, and covers the entire high school curriculum. This course will teach students to apply classroom learned skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment. Students who perform well at the AMC 10/12 are invited to take the AIME.



Description: Class for students preparing for AMC 10/12

Pre-requisites: Algebra I and Geometry

Total number of classes: 14

Textbook: none


Topics in Algebra, Geometry, Combinatorics and Number Theory

See AMC10/12 Sample Class Hand Out for Geometry and Number Theory.


Dr Liu has many years of training young enthusiastic mathletes achieving anything from perfect AMC 8 scores, to qualifying for USAJMO and USAMO. His PhD is in semiconductor Physics, under the guidance of a Nobel laureate in Physics and has worked in Hughes Research Laboratories for years, publishing 60+ peer-reviewed papers and securing 9 US and international patents.  Last decade he has designed a trading system in a trading firm, designed virtual reality software at Hewlett Packard and trained corporate customers using enterprise software from Oracle. On the side he has been working as a math coach in the Bay Area.


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