Who Should Take This Course
This course is for you if you are looking for a fun, challenging and efficient exploration of the crucial points in Algebra, a mainstay of middle and high school math competitions. To take this course, students should have successfully completed our Module 1: Algebra Basics course, or have skipped over it due to prior background.
A highly motivated student who has just completed PreAlgebra will find this course challenging, but manageable with effort. A student who is currently doing well in Algebra 1 will also learn a lot from the course and will discover some interesting facets of math that they had never realized before. Not recommended for students who can already score 17+ on AMC 8. Still not sure if this is the right course? Feel free to contact us at courseconsulting@poshenloh.com to discuss.
Syllabus

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Day 1 Challenge: Algebra Tricks
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Day 2 Challenge: Number Algebra
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Day 3 Challenge: Simplifying Expressions
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Day 4 Challenge: Finding the Unknown
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Day 5 Challenge: Sum Patterns
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Day 6 Challenge: Squares and Roots
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Day 7 Challenge: Fractional Powers
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Day 8 Challenge: Decimals to Fractions
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Week 2 Challenge
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Day 9 Challenge: Two Variables
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Day 10 Challenge: Two Variables
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Day 11 Challenge: Factoring Quadratics
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Day 12 Challenge: Quadratic Formula
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Week 3 Challenge
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Day 13 Challenge: Coordinating Locations
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Day 14 Challenge: Intersecting Lines
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Day 15 Challenge: Coordinate Geometry
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Day 16 Challenge: Slope of a Curve
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Week 4 Challenge
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How To Use This Course
The best way to build creative thinking skills is to play with challenging new problems every day, especially those for which you don’t know how to start. This course consists of 16 Daily Challenges and 4 Weekly Challenges. Each Daily Challenge has two main math problems and their explanations, with additional miniproblems interspersed throughout the explanations to help reinforce your learning. Don’t worry if they look unfamiliar, just use the whole time given during the problem videos (and hints) to think. You’ll even get to invent your own strategies, which is the fun part!
Even if you figure out how to do the main problem yourself, watching its explanation video is still very beneficial. It will show multiple interesting ways to do the problem and introduce deeper ideas in math using everyday language.
The way to learn how to solve the widest variety of problems is to learn how to invent your own solution methods! So, we encourage you to solve new problems all on your own instead of working on repetitive exercises. You’ll spend the same time on fewer problems, every one of which needs fresh creativity.
The Discussion function is enabled for all Explanation modules; feel free to use it to dive deeper with other learners!
After every four Daily Challenges, we revisit the topics (with some twists), through a Weekly Challenge problem set that lets you focus uninterrupted for 40 minutes, on a variety of specially designed questions. After doing the problems, please read the explanations, even for the problems you solved. There are a lot of fun math coincidences and insights hidden in the problems.
We recommend pacing the course so that you can play with this way of mathematical thinking for some time every day.
The standard pace is to choose four days each week to work on the Daily Challenges, plus one hour on the weekend for the Weekly Challenge.

Instructor
Loh draws from his experience as a mathematics professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and also as the national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team. His research and educational outreach takes him to cities across the world, reaching over 10,000 people annually through public lectures and inperson events, and he has featured in or cocreated videos totaling over 5 million YouTube views.
He has been continually involved in math competitions since he was a contestant in the late 1990's: when he ranked 3rd at the National MATHCOUNTS competition, and won a silver medal for the United States of America as a contestant at the International Mathematical Olympiad. He can be followed on Instagram (@poshenloh), Twitter (@poshenloh), WeChat (罗博深数学), and Weibo (poshenloh / 罗博深).PoShen Loh
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