Taking the AMDM Course

My Recommendations

Last updated: 13 November 2020

I'm currently taking the course - I've only been a semester through so my recommendations aren't quite solid yet. As of now, I recommend the following:

Course Prerequisites

AMDM is meant to be a fourth year maths course (though, I'm sure many advanced students can take it earlier). In general, one should have completed:

  1. Algebra I,

  2. Geometry, and

  3. Algebra II

While some topics you have learned over the years are less applicable than others, having a general understanding of all the "basic" concepts, such as solving for x in any equation or finding the area of a circle, is required.

What You MUST Know

For help, please refer to this PDF document.

Coming into the course, you need to be familiar with:

  • Simplifying Fractions

  • How to solve for x in any given equation, especially linear functions.

  • Dimensional analysis and converting between units.

    • Unit Conversions in and between metric and imperial units.

  • Pythagorean Theorem

  • Probability

Materials

Your teacher will recommend materials for you to obtain upon the commencement of the course, but here are the ones I suggest (if they haven't).

  • Either a graphing calculator (i.e. TI-84) or a calculator with basic statistical abilities (i.e. TI-30 series). This site will demonstrate how to use the calculators previously mentioned, but resources exist for other calculators.
    A four function calculator can also work for this class, but I personally do not recommend it.

    • Be familiar with how to use the basic functions on your calculator, please!

  • Pencil/Pen and paper to take notes and work on assignments

  • A binder (at least 1 inch) to keep your notes and work.