## Register for Fall 2023 Courses

__Ivyclimbers Fall 2023 Courses__

__Ivyclimbers Fall 2023 Courses__

**Challenge Math for Elementary Students -Level I**

This course is designed for students in grades 2-4, who seek learning more challenging mathematics content than they typically encountered in their math classroom, and who would like to build up a solid problem-solving foundation for future math competitions. The content will be organized to emphasize on the proper implementation of the Common core mathematic standards, focusing on conceptual understanding, problem solving, and real-world applications to inspire students to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of mathematics. Brain-teasing patterns, sequences, and puzzles with numbers, shapes and figures, number sense and speed math skills and some mathematic contest (Math Kangaroo, Math League, and others) level problems are included. This course will not only enhance students understanding of mathematical concepts but will also inspire students’ interest in mathematic through solving challenging questions of varying levels of difficulty and type.

Teacher – Dr. Shu Feng

Class Schedule: Monday 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Central Time

Location: Online via Zoom – meeting room information will be sent to students.

Dates: 8/21, 8/28, 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20

Tuition :$600

**Challenge Math for Elementary Students -Level II **

This course is designed for students in grades 5-6, who seek learning more challenging mathematics content than they typically encountered in their math classroom, and who would like to build up a solid problem-solving foundation for future math competitions. The content will be organized to emphasize on the proper implementation of the Common core mathematic standards, focusing on conceptual understanding, problem solving, and real-world applications to inspire students to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of mathematics. Brain-teasing patterns, sequences, and puzzles with numbers, shapes and figures, number sense and speed math skills and some mathematic contest (Math Kangaroo, Math League, AMC8 and others) level problems involving fraction, decimal, percent, ratio and probability, data analysis, algebra, and Geometry are included. This course will lead the students to take the challenge! – Not only deepens students understanding of mathematical concepts, but also inspire students’ interest through solving challenging and thought-provoking problems.

Teacher – Dr. Shu Feng

Class Schedule: Wednesday 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Central Time

Dates: 8/23. 8/30. 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/06

Location: Online via Zoom – meeting room information will be sent to students.

Tuition : $600

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**Math Course –Prealgebra**

This course prepares students for middle school math contests such as MathCounts and AMC8. It challenges students at a much deeper level than a traditional middle school prealgebra course. This course benefits students in 4~6 grades through teaching them a variety of problem-solving strategies

The instructor has many years of experience in teaching this course to large number of students cross Houston area. The students expect to gain a deeper understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and get ready for higher level math course.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Juanjuan Cao

**TEXTBOOK**: Prealgebra – Art of Problem Solving and Solution Manual

LOCATION: Online Via Zoom

**Class Schedule****:** Sunday 6:00pm-7:30pm CST

Dates：8/27, 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26

Tuition: $840

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**Math Course —-Pre-algebra/ Geometry**

Pre-algebra/ Geometry course description

This course is intended for students in 5 th -7 th grade to master the knowledge required for Pre-algebra (8 th grade math) Credit by Exam. Topics covered in the course include Real numbers, Step equations, Pythagorean Theorem, Angles and triangle relationships, Linear relationships, Systems of linear equations, transformational geometry (translation, reflection, rotation, and dilation), and Measurement of three-dimensional figures. Course material will be provided by the teacher.

Recommended textbook (but not required) : A-Plus Notes for Beginning Algebra:

Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1.

Tentative course plan:

- Real numbers, square roots, and exponents
- Integers, simple and compound interests
- Variables, expressions, and equations
- Solving step equations
- Pythagorean theorem
- Finding the distance in the coordinated plane
- Angle relationships
- Transversals
- Angles of a triangle, similar triangles
- Linear relationships and slope
- Writing linear equations
- Systems of linear equations
- Transformational geometry
- Measurement of three-dimensional figures

Teacher- Dr. Huaijin Zhou

Textbook:

Class Schedule: Tue. 6:00—7:30pm (CT)

Dates: 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28

Location: Online via Zoom – meeting room information will be sent to students.

Tuition: $840

**Geometry 1**

This is the second-semester course of the AMC trilogy: Algebra, Geometry and Discrete Math. The three-year accelerated program is for talented students who are strongly interested in Mathematics or STEM in general and would like to challenge themselves in the arena of mathematics.

The course is suitable for talented students from grade 5-7 who understand basic arithmetic and materials in Algebra I. Though accelerated, the materials are aligned with the standard K-12 math curriculum. The instructor will guide them through the textbook and basic problems.

The course will be supplemented with problem-solving sessions (guided or self-study), and continued by Algebra II.

Teacher: Dr. Liping Liu

Class Schedule: Wed. 6:30pm-8:00pm (CDT)

Link to Geometry class description

Dates: 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, (no class on 20), 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/08, 11/15, (no class on 22 for thanksgiving), 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20

Location: Online via Zoom – meeting room information will be sent to students.

READING MATERIALS:

Sandor Lehoczky / Richard Rusczyk, *Art of Problem Solving, vol I and II*.

Tuition:$900

**Algebra II**

Algebra 2 is an advanced mathematics course designed to build upon the foundational concepts learned in Algebra 1. This course explores a deeper understanding of algebraic principles, equations, functions, and applications. Students will engage in critical thinking, problem-solving, and mathematical reasoning to solve complex equations and analyze real-world situations.

Instructor: Dr. Juanjuan Cao

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra 1 or equivalent.

**Semester #1 Topics:**

1. Equations and Inequalities

2. Linear Functions & Systems

3. Intro to Parent Functions and Transformations

4. Solving Quadratics and Complex Numbers

5. Polynomial Functions

HOURS: 18 classes, each 1.5 hours.

Tuition: $900

Class Schedule: Sunday 9:00am-10:30am CST; Every Sunday from 08/20/2023 – 12/17/2023

**Semester #2 Topics:**

6. Radical Functions

7. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

8. Rational Functions

9. Conic Sections

10. Sequences and Series

HOURS: 18 classes, each 1.5 hours.

Tuition: $900

Class Schedule: Sunday 9:00am-10:30am CST; Every Sunday from 01/14/2024 – 05/12/2024

**Pre-Calculus**

Pre-Calculus is a comprehensive mathematics course that prepares students for advanced studies in calculus and other higher-level math courses. The course focuses on developing a strong foundation in algebra, trigonometry, and other mathematical concepts necessary for success in calculus and other college-level mathematics.

Instructor: Dr. Juanjuan Cao

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra 2 or equivalent.

**Semester #1 Topics:**

1. Functions and Their Graphs

2. Polynomial and Rational Functions

3. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

4. Trigonometric Functions

5. Trigonometric Identities and Equations

HOURS: 18 classes, each 1.5 hours.

Tuition: $900

Class Schedule: Sunday 10:30am-12:00am CST; Every Sunday from 08/20/2023 – 12/17/2023

**Semester #2 Topics:**

6. Polar and Parametric Equations

7. Vectors

8. Conic Sections

9. System Equations and Matrices

10. Sequences, Series, and Induction

HOURS: 18 classes, each 1.5 hours.

Tuition: $900

Class Schedule: Sunday 10:30am-12:00am CST

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**AMC 10/12 Competition Preparation**

The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 10/12 is one of the most prestigious high school Math competitions in the USA and the world. This course prepares student for the AMC 10 examination through students mastering problem-solving techniques and skills for the AMC 10 in Algebra, Counting, Geometry, or Number Theory. The course will cover the whole contest curriculum.

**Instructor: Dr. Luyan Wang**

*Class Schedule:* Saturday 6:00-8:00 pm Central Time

*Location**:* Online via Zoom – meeting room information will be sent to students.

**Dates : 8/26, 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4**

**Tuition** :$880

**English Course 1 – Upper-Level Literature Seminar: Fall 2023**

This course offers an intensive study of literature, training students in close reading, analytical response, and contextualization. Students will analyze major genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and research. The strategies studied in this course will strengthen student performance for academic work while deepening their appreciation of literature. This course will utilize an online repository containing a diverse reading list with guided practice for literary analysis and discussion. The instructor will also forecast and guide students in preparation for college-level study and response to texts. Throughout the course, students will practice critical thinking, synthesis, literary analysis, rhetorical analysis, comparative analysis, and causal analysis by interpreting and researching the literature. These skills will be demonstrated and developed by writing, and assignments will be customized to challenge all students. Course readings will be new selections for this seminar; first-time and returning students are welcome. This course is suitable for committed students in 7^{th} – 11^{th} grade levels.

**Teacher : Professor Haley Stoner**

*Class Schedule: *Thursday 5:30-7pm (CDT)

Dates : 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30

Location: Online via Zoom – meeting room information will be sent to students.

Course Material : To be announced.

*Class Tuition*: $780

**English Course 2 – English Studies: Young Writers Seminar – Fall 2023**

In this course, students will complete themed units and an exploration of genres, demonstrating skills through focused discussion and written response. Diagnostics at the beginning of the course will facilitate individualized instruction, and the small class size will offer an intensive environment designed to challenge each student. Grammar, diction, structure, mechanics, style, vocabulary, and revision will be practiced through guided composition. Students will engage with a free, online repository of texts through *Common Lit *to analyze the language and deepen multi-layered interpretive skills for reading. Short stories and nonfiction pieces will be assigned by the instructor based on student reading level and interest. In emphasizing hallmarks of effective communication, this seminar gives students a competitive edge for all coursework. New texts will be selected for this seminar; new and returning students are welcome. This course is suitable for committed students in 4^{th}-6^{th} grade levels.

**Teacher : Professor Haley Stoner**

*Class Schedule:* Thursday 4:30-5:30pm (CDT)

Dates : 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30

Location: Online via Zoom – meeting room information will be sent to students.

Course Material : To be announced.

*Class Tuition*: $520

**Course 1: Introductory Java Programming – Introduction to AP CS-A Java and Research Methods in Computing**

** Instructor**:

**Dr. Karpoor Shashidhar**

** **In this course, we will explore the basics of programming in the * Java* language. This course should prepare you for the

*. Some topics we will study include Variables and Operators, Input and Output, Methods, Conditionals and Logic, Loops, Arrays, Strings, brief Overview of Objects and Classes etc. We will also immerse ourselves in the mechanics of programming – running, testing, and debugging. The book we will be using for the course is “*

**AP Computer Science A exam***” by Allen Downey and Chris Mayfield. This class is suitable for students in grades 7-11. Previous experience in computer science is not required.*

**Think Java, How to Think Like a Computer Scientist****Research Methods: **In addition to learning Java, students will be exposed to research methods and principles in Computing on a regular basis. The idea is to imbue students with problem-solving skills that are applicable in science fairs, and contests, and in automating everyday mundane activities of life using tools drawn from Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Digital Forensics.

Class Schedule: Sunday 2:30-4:00 pm Central Time

Dates: **8/27, 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26**

Location: Online via Zoom – meeting room information will be sent to students.

Tuition: $840

**Course 2: Introduction to Python – Introductory Python Programming ****and Research Methods in Computing**

** Instructor**:

**Dr. Karpoor Shashidhar**

In this course, we will explore the basics of programming in the ** Python **language. Python is an interpreted, high-level, general-purpose, object-oriented programming language. Created by Guido van Rossum and first released in 1991, Python’s design philosophy emphasizes code readability and is a fun and awesome first language to learn. We start off with basic concepts of programming. Some topics we will study include Variables and Operators, Input and Output, Functions, Conditionals and Logic, Loops, Strings, brief Overview of Objects and Classes etc. We will also immerse ourselves in the mechanics of programming – running, testing, and debugging. The book we will be using for the course is “

**by Allen Downey. This class is suitable for students in grades 7-11. Previous experience in computer science is not required.**

*Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist”***Research Methods: **In addition to learning Python, students will be exposed to research methods and principles in Computing on a regular basis. The idea is to imbue students with problem-solving skills that are applicable in science fairs, and contests, and in automating everyday mundane activities of life using tools drawn from Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Digital Forensics.

Class Schedule: Sunday 4:00-5:30 pm Central Time

Dates: **8/27, 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26**

Location: Online via Zoom – meeting room information will be sent to students.

Tuition: $840

**Pre-AP Chemistry**

Suitable for students who have no chemistry foundation and have not yet started AP chemistry, to provide students with the basic knowledge required for AP chemistry courses, cultivate students’ interest in learning chemistry, and help students lay a solid foundation.

**Teacher**** : Professor Jie Song**

*Class Schedule**: Saturday 4:00-6:00pm (Center Time)*

Hours: 20 lessons of two hours each.

Dates: 09/02, 09/09, 09/16, 09/23, 09/30, 10/07, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/04, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/30, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20

Location: Online via Zoom – meeting room information will be sent to students. IFYOU MISS CLASS, NOTIFY THE TEACHER IN ADVANCE, VIDEO PLAYBACKCAN BE PROVIDED. WeChat group Q&A.

Course Material : Available electronically. Students can purchase their own paper version.

Assessment: Each chapter has homework, and five exams, and the examinationpapers and answers are sent to parents for students to complete within the allottedtime outside of class. If there are questions, they will be explained in class. Audition:Video of the trial lesson (~50 minutes) is available.

*Class Tuition*: $900

Class |
Topics |
Class |
Topics |

1-09/02 | Chapter 1. Measurements and Calculations | 11-11/11 | Chapter 10. Modern Atomic Theory |

2-09/09 | Chapter 2. Matter | 12-11/18 | Chapter 11. Chemical Bonding |

3-09/16 | Chapter 3. Elements, Atoms, and Ions | 13-11/25 | Chapter 11. Chemical Bonding |

4-09/23 | Chapter 4. Nomenclature | 14-12/02 | Chapter 12. Gases |

5-09/30 | Chapter 5. Chemical Reaction | 15-12/09 | Chapter 13. Liquids and Solids |

6-10/07 | Chapter 6. Reactions in Aqueous Solution | 16-12/16 | Chapter 14. Solutions |

7-10/14 | Chapter 7. Chemical Composition | 17-12/30 | Chapter 15. Acids and Bases |

8-10/21 | Chapter 7. Chemical Composition | 18-01/06 | Chapter 16. Equilibrium |

9-10/28 | Chapter 8. Chemical Quantities | 19-01/13 | Chapter 16. Equilibrium |

10-11/04 | Chapter 9. Energy | 20-01/20 | Chapter 17. Oxidation-Reduction Reactions and Electrochemistry |

**Pre-AP Physics 1**

This course is appropriate for students who either do not yet have a background in physics or have a limited background and have not yet started AP Physics. This course is intended to give you advanced preparation for an AP Physics 1 high school or College Physics 1 course. The course topics and course structure are designed to give you a strong foundation in the basic principles and problem-solving skills that you will need to succeed in an AP Physics 1 or College Physics 1 course. Topics include the study of motion, forces, work, and energy.

### Teacher:** Dr. **David Stancato

Class Schedule: Sunday 4-5:30 pm central time.

Dates: 8/27,9/3, 9/19, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/25, 12/3, 12/10

Location: Online via Zoom – meeting room information will be sent to students.

Tuition: $960

Course schedule and syllabus

27-Aug | 1 | Intro to Physics: Scientific Models, Physical Quantities, Units and Unit Conversions |

3-Sep | 2 | Linear Motion I – Position and Velocity |

10-Sep | 3 | Linear Motion II – Acceleration |

17-Sep | 4 | Trigonometry and Vectors |

24-Sep | 5 | Introduction to Dynamics – Interactions, Forces and Systems |

1-Oct | 6 | Newtonian Dynamics I – Understanding Newton’s Laws |

8-Oct | 7 | Newtonian Dynamics II – Simple Applications of Newton’s Laws |

15-Oct | 8 | Newtonian Dynamics III – More Applications of Newton’s Laws: Including Elasticity, Friction and Air Resistance |

22-Oct | 9 | Circular Motion and Newtonian Gravitation |

29-Oct | 10 | Work and Kinetic Energy, Power |

5-Nov | 11 | Conservative Forces and Potential Energy, Mechanical Energy, Internal Energy and Dissipation |

12-Nov | 12 | Energy Conservation I – Understanding Energy Conservation in Open and Closed Systems |

19-Nov | 13 | Energy Conservation II – Applications of Energy Conservation |

25-Nov | Holiday | |

3-Dec | 14 | Impulse and Momentum, Understanding Momentum Conservation |

10-Dec | 15 | Applications of Momentum Conservation: Collisions |

**Payment Details**:-Payment may be made by Zelle Quick Pay to ivyclimbers@gmail.com

-Payment may also be made via Zellid to @ivyclimbers828

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