MIST Academy classes in Birmingham are held at 1401 Montgomery Hwy, Suite 121, Vestavia Hills, 35216.  



Advanced Problem Solving

MIST Academy's Advanced Problem Solving program is aimed at students with very strong problem solving skills. It is suggested that students taking this class be confident in their ability to qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). Little time will be spent on traditional curriculum, except to extend and generalize important concepts. Topics covered will include synthetic geometry, the pigeonhole principle, the principle of inclusion-exclusion, mathematical induction, and many others. Some class time will be spent developing students' abilities to write rigorous proofs.

The Advanced Problem Solving course is listed for grades 9 through 12, but MIST Academy actually places students in classes by ability, not age or grade. The grade range has more to do with the competitions that make up some of the focus of this course. Problems and lessons are taken from many sources including the AMC 12, the Mandelbrot competition, Mu Alpha Theta, the AIME, ARML, and even sometimes from Olympiad competitions such as the USA Mathematical Olympiad.

Click here for a sample of the problems from the MIST Academy Intermediate Problem Solving course.


2013 Spring Class Schedule

The theme of the Spring Advanced Problem Solving class is Inequalities and Optimization. Topics include tactics and strategies for solving inequalities, the Power Mean inequality chain, the Cauchy Schwarz inequality, geometric inequalities, and much more. Much of the class will be aimed at the levels of problems seen at ARML, and on the AIME and USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO/USAMO) exams. This material should also be helpful for students competing in Alabama math team events, or the Alabama ARML team. Additional course information, instructor information, and a complete schedule can be found here. Cost of enrollment in this course is $420. To enroll or ask questions about class, please contact us.


2012 Summer Class Schedule

The theme of the Summer Advanced Problem Solving class is Number Theory. Topics include Diophantine equations, modular arithmetic, Fermat's Little Theorem, Euler's Theorem, Pell equations, and much more. Part of the goal of this class will be to teach a rigorous development of these topics, including proofs of many famous and useful results.

Another goal will be to prepare students for the kinds of problem solving techniques helpful to a wide variety of analytical disciplines such as those seen on the AIME and USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) exams. This material should also be helpful for students competing in Alabama math team events, or the Alabama ARML team.

More information can be found here. Cost of enrollment in the two-week course is $640, which includes all fees, materials, and registration. To enroll, please contact us

2012 Fall Class Schedule

The theme of the Fall Advanced Problem Solving class is Geometry. Topics include advanced problems involving triangles and other polygons, 3D geometry, symmetries, centers of triangles, locuses, transformations, and much more. Some of the class focuses on learning to develop better proof writing skills. Much of the class will be aimed at the levels of problems seen on the AIME and USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) exams. This material should also be helpful for students competing in Alabama math team events, or the Alabama ARML team. Click here for the Fall schedule. Cost of enrollment in the ten-week course is $420, which includes all fees, materials, and registration. To enroll, please contact us.

2012-2013 Winter Class Schedule

The theme of the Winter Advanced Problem Solving class is Combinatorics. Topics include advanced problems involving generating functions, discrete and continuous probability, recursion, set theory, graph theory, and much more. Much of the class will be aimed at the levels of problems seen on the AIME and USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO/USAMO) exams. This material should also be helpful for students competing in Alabama math team events, or the Alabama ARML team. A complete schedule can be found here. Cost of enrollment in the ten-week course is $420, which includes all fees, materials, and registration. To enroll, please contact us.

Tuition

The cost of each ten-week Introductory course is $420 per student