The primary focus of Raleigh Math Camp is problem-solving, and students will have many opportunities to learn and practice the art of solving mathematical problems.
Mornings will be spent on in-depth, hands-on type problems, which will require a variety of tools and methods to solve. We will also make use of group discussions, journal writing, mental math exercises, TI83/TI84 graphing calculators, and different online resources, in order to sharpen our problem-solving skills.
Afternoons will spent on more traditional “word problems” from a variety of sources (e.g., textbooks, online, SAT problems, etc.). Students will work not only on problems chosen by the instructor, but also on specific problems which they have chosen and which target specific skills which they wish to focus on.
- Fundamental arithmetic using positive/negative integers, fractions, and decimals
- Setting up and solving equations and proportions
- Graphing and solving linear equations
- Problem-solving with geometric figures
- Using the trigonometric ratios
- How to solve “word problems” even when you don’t know where to start
- How to use “The Question Ladder” to ask questions effectively (and learn to answer many of your questions yourself)
- How to work with a study partner
- When you should (and shouldn’t) use a calculator
- How to use your computer to help you learn math