**Welcome to Gauss School of Mathematical Science!**

**Gauss School provides a**

__math and physics after-school enrichment program__designed to help kids improve their logical and abstract ways of thinking, succeed in numerous competitions and**standardized tests**and acquire life-long interest in math and science.

__School Events__

**Gauss School Spring Semester (Jan 26-Jun 7, 2015) Registration:**

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**Math/Physics Competitions Schedule**

**CML**(Continental Math League Grade 4-6): Nov 15-16; Dec 6-7; Jan 17-18; Feb 14-15; Mar 14-15.**MOEMs**(Math Olympiad Grade 4-6): Nov 22-23; Dec 20-21; Jan 17-18; Feb 14-15; Mar 7-8.**Math Kangaroo**(Grade 1-8): Mar 19, 2015.**NJML**(Grade 4-5, Algebra): Apr 15, 2015.**MathCounts**(Grade 6-8): Feb/Mar.**AMC 8**(Grade 8 and below): Nov 18, 2014.**HMMT**(Harvard-MIT Math Tournament): Nov 15, 2014**PUMAC**(Princeton Mathematics Competition): Nov 22, 2014**AMC 10/12**: Feb 3/Feb 25, 2015**AIME**: Mar 19/Mar 25, 2015**USAJMO/USAMO**: April 28/29, 2015- Physics Olympiad Preliminary Test (
**F=ma**): Jan 19-24, 2015 **Physics Bowl**: April 1-17, 2015

**SAT, SAT II and AP Test Schedule**

**SAT**: Dec 6, Jan 24, Mar 14, May 2, Jun 6, 2015**SAT II**: Dec 6, Jan 24, May 2, Jun 6, 2015**AP Test**: May, 2015

**Gauss Math Circle Events**

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__Why Gauss School?__

**School mathematics and physics are now discussed daily in editorials, on radio and television, and even in the halls of Congress.**

**Why? What is wrong with the American math and physics education? Why, by 12th grade, US students are ranked at the world bottom in math and science among other countries? There are probably many reasons for that, yet the most obvious are:**

- The U.S. school curriculum has been described as "a mile wide and an inch deep";
- There is no real emphasis on building strong foundation of basic math and science concepts in elementary school;
- There is a lack of layered approach to teach challenging math or physics in middle school
- Only a limited number of students (less than 20%) reach advanced levels of math and take any kind of physics in high school
- There is little correlation and continuity between math and science curricula and textbooks of elementary, middle and high schools.

What can we (parents and educators) do to help our children start succeeding in math and physics? And why do we have to emphasize math and physics out of all school subjects? The answer is very simple. It is because mathematics is considered to be "the economy of information" and physics is always referred as "the logic of technological revolution". We all understand that our kids are going to live and work in the 21st century, and it is our duty to help them not only be successful in everything they choose to do in their lives, but also to help them be happy and proud of themselves and of their accomplishments. And what is a better way for parents to help their kids to succeed than to expose them to a good, structured, fun and stress-free yet challenging math and physics program at the earliest possible stage. And that is what Gauss School is all about.

__Why Physics First:__**In most schools, the science curriculum consists of Biology in 9th grade, Chemistry in 10th grade and Physics in 11th grade. However, many consider this curriculum to be outdated since it was introduced in the early 20th century when biology consisted of botany, physiology and zoology. Professor Leon Lederman, a Nobel Prize winner, promotes Physics First as an alternative science curriculum. In Physics First, the first science class is Physics followed by Chemistry and Biology. Modern biology emphasizes molecular methods, genetics and biochemistry. Modern chemistry emphasizes atomic structure, atomic energy levels and quantum theory. Therefore, a good understanding of modern biology requires a chemistry background, and a good understanding of modern chemistry requires a physics background.**

**Our Methodologies**- Our curriculum is complimentary to the standard curriculum in school but also offers more challenging problems and assignments than what is usually expected in the classroom. Our curriculum is designed to meet and exceed math requirements on the SAT, ACT and AP exams. Our Olympiad math curriculum has its own system aiming for the highest standard for mathematical excellence.
- Mathematical reasoning and application is an essential component of our curriculum. We focus on unique topics for each level wherein previously learned skills and techniques will be reinforced and further developed at each step. Special emphasis is placed on the reasoning and application.
**Rigorous vs intuitive:**Mathematics is a rather rigorous and strict discipline, and while we can not overestimate the importance of rigorous mathematical reasoning, it is extremely important to train students how to use plausible reasoning to solve complex problems. Ultimately, it is crucial for students to cultivate a mathematical intuition that will become vital when they work on complex mathematical scenarios in the future.**Understanding vs memorization**: Needless to say, to master math one needs to memorize certain facts, formulae and theorems. However, what is truly important for kids to be successful in math is to understand the meaning of mathematical problems and their solutions. In this way, kids can intuitively derive many remarkable yet simple answers.**Repetitive vs creative:**Repetition is an integral part of learning process for young kids, ergo "practice makes perfect." However, it is equally important to encourage kids to look for creative solutions. For example, kids should be taught at an early stage to think about how to modify a given math problem to get a new (or different) solution.**Geometric vs algebraic method:**Algebraic and geometric methods complement each other in many ways. Our curriculum is designed to foster the ability of our students to solve problems with the most efficient tools at their disposal.