Online Spring Math Courses

Math Overview

AlphaStar Online Math Courses are great opportunities for interested and talented students to improve their math skills. Students are guided and trained by an expert faculty via utilizing national and international competitions in a fun and challenging environment.

The Math Curriculum at each level has four subject course offerings: Algebra, Counting, Geometry, and Number Theory. For example, MC25 level (AMC 8/MathCounts Advanced) has four subject courses: MC25A (Algebra), MC25G (Geometry), MC25C (Counting), and MC25N (Number Theory). Separate registration is required for each subject course.

Each course has 12 chapters. A chapter will be covered in a 90-minute live session. For each chapter, there will be Lecture Notes, Example Problems, Exercise (HW) Problems, Quiz. There is also a discussion forum where students can ask questions to the Faculty and peers. The same course material is used for the courses with the same code & name regardless of the term (Fall, Spring, Spring Accelerated, Summer, etc.) they are offered.

During the Live Classes, the Instructor will teach the Lecture Notes, solve Example Problems, and review some of the Exercise (HW) Problems. The lectures are recorded. Live class students can access the recorded lecture video in their course accounts within a few days after each live class session. Self-study class students will have access to recorded sessions from a past or current live class.

For each Chapter, students are encouraged to work an additional 1 hour to review the material and work on the Exercise (HW) and Quiz problems, preferably on a regular basis when the material is taught fresh. However, there is no deadline for HW and Quizzes, hence the students can take and submit them whenever they want during the 1 year time after the course enrollment. There will be a Final Exam that students can take online anytime after going through all the course material.

Dates

Spring: Jan 13-Apr 3, 2022

Spring Accelerated: Apr 21-May 29, 2022

Math Curriculum

In AlphaStar Math classes, students are provided with the necessary background in lectures and trained with different types of problems to master various problem-solving techniques. The classes are problem solving-based, whose curriculum is aligned with prestigious national and international competitions. Please check http://mathcounts.org/ and http://amc.maa.org/ for more information about these competitions.

AlphaStar Math Program has eight levels with each level having four subject offerings: Algebra, Counting, Geometry, and Number Theory. Each of these subject courses is taught in 12 chapters. For each chapter, there are Lecture Notes, Example Problems, Exercise (HW) Problems, and a Quiz. Please click below to find objectives along with a sample problem for each chapter:

Math Curriculum: Objectives And Sample Problems

Levels and Courses

Below is a short description of each level. For more details and diagnostic exams, please

click for details.

MC15 (Pre-MathCounts):

For students in grades 4-6 who are good at school math

MC20 (AMC 8/MathCounts Basic):

For middle school students who are familiar with Pre-Algebra topics and want to start training for middle school math competitions

MC25 (AMC 8/MathCounts Advanced):

For middle school students who are familiar with Algebra-1 topics and want to master middle school maths competitions

MC30 (AMC 10/12 Basic):

For middle and high school students who are familiar with Algebra-1 topics and want to start training for high school math competitions AMC 10/12

MC35 (AMC 10/12 Advanced):

For middle and high school students who are very comfortable with Algebra-1 topics and want to master high school math competitions AMC 10/12

MC40 (AIME Basic):

For students who are comfortable with AIME qualification and want to start training for AIME, ARML, and high school competitions organized by prestigious universities

MC45 (AIME Advanced):

For students who want to master AIME, ARML, and high school competitions organized by prestigious universities

MC50 (USA(J)MO):

An introductory proof writing course. For students who are confident about USAJMO/USAMO qualification and are willing to work one hour on a single math Olympiad problem.

Diagnostic Exams

If you have further questions about levels and subjects, please send us an email at info@alphastar.academy

Please click for diagnostic exams.

Faculty

AlphaStar Academy mainly considers teaching, competition, and education background as well as passion and dedication for the subject when hiring full-time and part-time teachers.
We hire our instructors and TAs from a pool of High School, College, Ph.D. students, school teachers, and University Professors. Our faculty have teaching/coaching/tutoring experience and have expertise in the subject area, regardless of their age.
They have participation and/or training experience in national/international math competitions and Olympiads in Math, CS, and Physics such as USAMO, USACO, USAPhO, IMO, IOI, and IPhO.
They are role models and inspiration for students with their backgrounds and achievements.

AlphaStar Spring Math Course Faculty and guest lecturers for upcoming online/onsite camps and former camps are listed below with their most recent bios.

  • 2022
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  • Former
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Ali Gurel, Ph.D..

  • AlphaStar Co-founder and Math Director (since 2017)
  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Caltech (2008)
  • International Mathematical Olympiad (1996: Silver Medal)
  • American Mathematics Competitions Advisory Panel Member (2008-2012)
  • USA Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) Instructor (2007-2012)
  • Scott Russell Johnson Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Caltech (2007)

Mehmet Kaysi.

  • AlphaStar Co-founder and Math Program Director (since 2017)
  • American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) Problem Writing Committee (2011-2014)
  • Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad – USA Team Leader (2013)
  • Balkan Mathematical Olympiad – Academic Assistant (2012)
  • International Mathematical Olympiad (2004)
  • Balkan Mathematical Olympiad – Silver Medal (2004)

Yalcin Udun, M.Ed..

  • AlphaStar Math Instructor (since 2017)
  • Ph.D. Program, Mathematics Education at U. of Arizona
  • MS.E. in Gifted and Talented Education at ASU
  • Raytheon Math Hero Award (2015)
  • Arizona Mathcounts Team Coach (2012)
  • Math Teacher

Hope Chen.

  • MIT Class of 2019
  • MIT DynaMIT Middle School Science Camp Mentor
  • MIT Global Teaching Labs Instructor

Joey Heerens.

  • MIT Class of 2023
  • USA(J)MO Qualifier (2015-17: USAJMO, 2018-19: USAMO)
  • AMC 12 Perfect Scorer (2018: AMC 12 A/B, 2019: AMC 12 A)
  • HMMT (2018: 7th place in Algebra & Number Theory, 24th place individual)
  • ARML Tiebreaker Round (2016-18, 2018 12th place individual)
  • USAPhO (2018 Bronze Medal)

Sylvia Jin.

  • A* Alumnus
  • AlphaStar Winter Camp Instructor (2019, 2020)
  • UC Berkeley Class of 2022 (Math, Statistics)
  • Berkeley Math Tournament Problem Writer (2018 – Present)
  • AIME qualifier (2015 – 2018)
  • Math Prize for Girls qualifier (2016 – 2018)
  • SMT (2018: 5th place team)
  • BMT (2018: 8th place team)

Suzy Lou.

  • MS Computer Science, expected Stanford 2022
  • USAJMO qualifier (2013)
  • Math Prize for Girls medalist (Silver 2012, Gold 2013, Bronze 2014)
  • Math Prize for Girls Honorable Mention (2012-2014)
  • MIT PRIMES alumni
  • BS Mathematics, Stanford 2020

Emre Gul.

  • Teaches Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and AP Statistics at a public school.
  • Working as a math teacher / instructor for the last 12 years
  • Taught grade levels 6 – 12 both at public school and private institutions.
  • Worked with students as a MathCounts coach since 2009

Begench Ovezov, M.Ed..

  • Alpha Star Instructor (2009 Summer Camp)
  • 10+ years of teaching experience in middle & high school: Pre-Algebra & AP Calc. AB
  • M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction: Gifted Education (December 2013)
  • Coaching middle and high school students for MATHCOUNTS, AMC8, & AMC10
  • Arizona State MATHCOUNTS team coach (2011)

Guanpeng Xu.

  • MIT Class of 2023
  • USAMO Winner (2018,2019)
  • MOP (2016)
  • Putnam Honorable Mention (2020)
  • USAMO Qualifier (2014-2019)
  • USAPhO Silver (2017,2018)
  • Perfect USAMO Index (2016)
  • Coach, CCES MathCounts team (2016)
  • National Mathcounts Written Champion, Countdown Runner-up (2015)

Tugba Adanur.

  • ALM Data Science, expected Harvard 2023
  • MS Secondary Math Education, 2011
  • Coaching students for Mathcounts, AMC-8, AMC-10/12 since 2013
  • 10 years of teaching experience in middle and high school

Bayram Altintas.

  • BSc in Mathematics, M.Ed
  • Prepared gifted students for national and international Maths Olympiad (4+ years)
  • Best Mathematics Project in Intel Science Fair (2008)
  • Taught grade levels 6-12 at private schools

Ali Gurel, Ph.D..

  • AlphaStar Co-founder and Math Director (since 2017)
  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Caltech (2008)
  • International Mathematical Olympiad (1996: Silver Medal)
  • American Mathematics Competitions Advisory Panel Member (2008-2012)
  • USA Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) Instructor (2007-2012)
  • Scott Russell Johnson Prize for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Caltech (2007)

Mehmet Kaysi.

  • AlphaStar Co-founder and Math Program Director (since 2017)
  • American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) Problem Writing Committee (2011-2014)
  • Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad – USA Team Leader (2013)
  • Balkan Mathematical Olympiad – Academic Assistant (2012)
  • International Mathematical Olympiad (2004)
  • Balkan Mathematical Olympiad – Silver Medal (2004)

Yalcin Udun, M.Ed..

  • AlphaStar Math Instructor (since 2017)
  • Ph.D. Program, Mathematics Education at U. of Arizona
  • MS.E. in Gifted and Talented Education at ASU
  • Raytheon Math Hero Award (2015)
  • Arizona Mathcounts Team Coach (2012)
  • Math Teacher

Hope Chen.

  • MIT Class of 2019
  • MIT DynaMIT Middle School Science Camp Mentor
  • MIT Global Teaching Labs Instructor

Sinan Kanbir, Ph.D..

  • AlphaStar Instructor (2017 & 2018: Summer Camp)
  • Assistant Professor, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D., Mathematics Education, Illinois State University (2016)
  • Teaching Impact Award, Illinois State University (2015)
  • Item writer for Central Wisconsin Math League (CWML) and MathCON
  • Coached students for AMC 8, 10, 12, TMO, and IMO for more than 10 years

Edward Jin.

  • International Chemistry Olympiad Gold Medal (2019)
  • USACO Platinum
  • HMMT February Integration Bee Winner (2019)
  • AIME qualifier (2015 – 2019)
  • CHMMC individual award (2017)
  • BMT individual award (2018)
  • PUMaC team award (2018)
  • MIT Class of 2023 (Double Major in Math and Chemistry, Minor in Computer Science)

Abby Berry.

  • College of William and Mary Class of 2019, Applied Mathematics major
  • Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education (2017)
  • William and Mary private math tutor since 2016
  • YMCA summer camp assistant director (2017)

Richard Spence.

  • AlphaStar Alumni
  • A-Star Math Instructor (since 2012)
  • Ph.D. Program, Computer Science, U. of Arizona
  • Double Major in Math and Computer Science, MIT (2016)
  • USAMO qualifier (2010)
  • MathCounts National qualifier 2007, 2008
  • National “Who Wants to be a Mathematician” qualifier (2011-2012)
  • Perfect score on AMC 10 (2009)
  • National Scrabble Championship – Div. 2 (2011: Winner)

Joey Heerens.

  • MIT Class of 2023
  • USA(J)MO Qualifier (2015-17: USAJMO, 2018-19: USAMO)
  • AMC 12 Perfect Scorer (2018: AMC 12 A/B, 2019: AMC 12 A)
  • HMMT (2018: 7th place in Algebra & Number Theory, 24th place individual)
  • ARML Tiebreaker Round (2016-18, 2018 12th place individual)
  • USAPhO (2018 Bronze Medal)

Cory Hixson.

  • MIT Class of 2021
  • AIME qualifier (2016, 2017)
  • HMMT Problem Committee
  • Individual High Score Award for Florida A1 (ARML 2017)
  • Perfect Score on 2015 AP Statistics Test
  • Individual Placement at 2017 CMIMC

Andrew Cai.

  • AlphaStar Alumni
  • AlphaStar Math Instructor (summer 2018)
  • UC Berkeley Class of 2022
  • 2016 USAJMO qualifier
  • 2014-2018 AIME qualifier
  • 2017 CHMMC 6th place individual
  • 2017 USAPhO Honorable Mention

Sylvia Jin.

  • A* Alumnus
  • AlphaStar Winter Camp Instructor (2019, 2020)
  • UC Berkeley Class of 2022 (Math, Statistics)
  • Berkeley Math Tournament Problem Writer (2018 – Present)
  • AIME qualifier (2015 – 2018)
  • Math Prize for Girls qualifier (2016 – 2018)
  • SMT (2018: 5th place team)
  • BMT (2018: 8th place team)

Vefa Goksel.

  • Marshall H.Stone Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2020-Present).
  • Ph.D, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2020).
  • Honored Instructor Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2015).
  • Math Graduate Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017).
  • Coordinator in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad 2014, Turkey.
  • Deputy Leader of Turkish National Math Olympiad Team, Balkan Mathematical Olympiad 2012, Turkey.
  • International Mathematical Olympiad – Silver Medal (2009).
  • Balkan Mathematical Olympiad – Silver Medal (2009)

Guanpeng Xu.

  • MIT Class of 2023
  • USAMO Winner (2018,2019)
  • MOP (2016)
  • Putnam Honorable Mention (2020)
  • USAMO Qualifier (2014-2019)
  • USAPhO Silver (2017,2018)
  • Perfect USAMO Index (2016)
  • Coach, CCES MathCounts team (2016)
  • National Mathcounts Written Champion, Countdown Runner-up (2015)

Stanley Wei.

  • UT Austin Turing Scholars Honors Program, Class of 2023
  • Head Coach, Sartartia Middle School MathCounts Team (2nd place at Texas state competition)
  • Putnam Top 350 Scorer
  • USACO Platinum
  • USAPhO Honorable Mention
  • AIME Top 200 Scorer
  • USNCO Semifinalist
  • AMC Distinguished Honor Roll
  • Texas ARML Gold Team Member

Justin Stevens.

  • A* Math Instructor (2015: Summer Camp; 2016: Summer Camp; 2017: Summer Camp)
  • Author of the paper for Olympiad Students, Olympiad Number Theory Through Challenging Problems
  • 4 time AIME Qualifier
  • Mathcounts National Qualifier (2012)
  • SMT (2013: Top 10 General; 2014: Top 5 Algebra)
  • Nevada Prize Exam in Mathematics (2014: District Winner; 2015: State Winner)

Shreyas Ramamurthy (TA).

  • AlphaStar Alumni
  • Homestead HS Class of 2021
  • AMC 10 Distinguished Honor Roll 2018, 2019
  • AIME Qualifier 2017, 2018, 2019
  • USAJMO Qualifier 2018
  • USAJMO HM 2019
  • BMT 6th Place Individual Number Theory (2018)
  • CHMMC 6th Place Individual, 3rd Place Team (2018)
  • PUMaC 8th Place Overall Team (2018)
  • SMT 1st Team, 4th Geometry, 10th Algebra (2019)

Jieun Lim (TA).

  • AlphaStar Alumni
  • Irvington HS Class of 2022
  • AIME Qualifier (2019, 2020)
  • Math Prize for Girls qualifier (2019, 2020)
  • ASMA Top Scorer in Senior Division
  • InteGIRLS Problem Writer

Jeannie Wang.

  • UC Berkeley Class of 2024 applied mathematics and statistics major
  • AIME Qualifier
  • Stanford University Mathematics Camp 2019
  • United States Chemistry Olympiad 2019
  • Ross Math Program 2018
  • Florida ARML 2018-2019

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