About the Website
As of late 2020, I am a senior in high school in the States taking this class.
I remember talking about this course to my AP Calculus AB teacher. During our course selections, she pulled me out of class and specifically warned me that the class is definitely not something that's not worth taking as an advanced mathematics student. On the other hand, one of my former maths teachers actually recommended it to me as it's the only class that has a feasible finance unit.
Even though my parents and I were happy about the decision, I was concerned about how the course was going to be.
I can now say why some teachers are less fond of taking the class than others. Some of the teachers know what they're doing, but the way they teach the class might not be very engaging. Sometimes the students don't have a good understanding of the mathematical background required for this course, thus fail to apply the correct mathematical skills correctly.
In some respects, I even feel that AMDM curriculum itself could be improved. With a course like this, there should be no exceptions to how you can apply the things you learn to something in the real world. Therefore, some of the things you'll here find are extra from what the AMDM course includes. This might be taking advantage of the use of technology when solving problems, or further applications that derive from the base concept of the curriculum.
I hope this site helps fix these things.
I started this website based on Glenn Elert's Physics Hypertextbook - an excellent resource I have used for my AP Physics 1 class. I was inspired to provide a similar resource, thus you have found yourself reading this text.
Like his text, this is a work in progress. Besides the fact that writing an entire lesson can take hours, I am also taking the course as I update the site. I hope to include my voice and humor as well, as very often just reading off of a plain textbook can be... well, boring.
As I mentioned before, I am a high school student, not a teacher. I am very likely to make mistakes or some sort of random errors. Some of you guys are smarter than me, so feel free to correct me as you take note of what you encounter on the website. (Contact me page coming soon).
This website is written solely by me, but the curriculum comes from the UT Dana Center. Additionally, I may also use their "Student Activity Sheets" that my teacher has provided as part of taking class. Some of the example problems and concepts may reflect the answers that I write on my student activity sheets, some may not.
You shouldn't just blatantly copy my work. As much as it's a habit for all of us when learning something, just copying is detrimental to being a successful being. Don't just copy. Get a feel for the problems. Understand them. Reread it again if you don't understand. Look up on the internet another way of approaching or explaining the problem.
Copying is cheating. If you cheat... Well...
Please note that although some resources come from the UT Dana Center and my school, I do not authorize the use of my work outside of the classroom or non-commercial setting. While knowledge itself cannot be copyrighted, taking something off the internet does not make my content produced yours.
Final Words: Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.
At the beginning of the year, I remember my Calculus teacher saying, "Maths is not a spectator sport."
In fact, it isn't! (Probably explains why I got a 2 on the AP Calc AB exam, but that's another story.) The only way you'll get good at maths is if you practice the concepts correctly.
A lot of people think they're bad a maths - whether that's true or not, I cannot say. I feel that AMDM is, in fact, a very easy maths course that anyone can take - in essence, it's a bunch of applied algebra and statistics. If you have a decent understanding in algebra, geometry, and probabilities, (all of the basic concepts will be explained here at some point as a refresher,) you'll do fine in the course. The wonderful thing is this course doesn't care if you're inherently good or bad at maths - if you apply concepts you learned from a new subject, you're already on track to becoming a more insightful person.
This is not a course where you're given a random number and asked to do something with it. In fact, maths isn't like that in many courses. Each number you use has a purpose - rarely will this course come up with random numbers scrunched into a function.
Also, I strongly believe in the notion that maths is spelled with an s at the end. =]