This mathematics course will prepare students for the AIME, the second 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 exam is a 3-hour long test comprised of 15-questions given to those who score at least 100 on the AMC 12 and those who score at least 120 on the AMC 10. High scoring AIME students are invited to take the prestigious United States of America Mathematics Olympiad (USAMO). Students that wish to attend this course should have sufficient math contest experience and confidence that they will be able to make the AIME.

Course Objective

  • Math competitions are highly valued for
    1. Colleges: Many top schools like MIT, Caltech, and Yale ask for scores.
    2. Job Interviews: Many top companies ask math questions as a test of number sense and basic skills.
    3. Creative problem solving: Math competitions are one of the only tools that allow students to practice ways of solving complex “unbreakable” problems and fosters these skills for real world work.
    Dates to remember:
    AMC 10 A/12 A -- Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    AMC 10 B/12 B -- Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    AIME I -- Tuesday, March 7, 2017
    AIME II -- Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Register   Springlight 2016-2017 AIME Course

     Instructor: Kevin Chang

    Tuition: $800 
    Time: Saturday, 4:00 to 6:00pm, 9/4 to 12/21,  (total 14 sessions. no class on Nov. 27th)Address: 1340 S De Anza Blvd. Suite 204, San Jose, CA 95129Contact: 408-898-5021, 408-480-7547

    For Whom?

    This AIME course is aimed at those students with AMC 10/12 scores of 100+ to students who have scored around 5 on the AIME.
    This class will focus mostly on building strong basics in the four main pillars of Combinatorics, Number Theory, Geometry, and Algebra before moving on to general problem solving strategies and tips.  The goal is for students to obtain the mental agility required to tackle these complex problems and hopefully get them within and past range of qualification for the USAMO and USAJMO, or around 9 problems.
    This course will spend a quarter of its time on each of the four main subjects: combinatorics, algebra, geometry, and number theory.
    Course Objectives
    1. Improve student scores by working on both fundamental theorems and ideas as well as problem solving strategies.
    2. Foster creative problem solving strategies
    3. Make the USA(J)MO!!!
    Focus on basic concepts and essential knowledge before moving on developing the skills and intuition to find and pursue good lines of attack for complex problems.
    The instructor does not plan to give any official homework for the class; instead, students are expected to complete all of the previous 20+ AIME contests, which is over 60 hours of practice. I am open to questions on any previous AIME, and will be happy to go over “homework”. The reason for this is that many students have completed the previous AIME contests so they are not the best class materials, but they are still the best practice by far, and should be completed by anyone seriously considering passing the AIME.

    Instructor: Kevin Chang
    Kevin Chang is a senior at Bellarmine College Preparatory.
    MOP 2016

    USAMO 2014-2016
     USAJMO 2013

    USACO Platinum 2015-
    USAPhO Silver 2016