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Invent
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Does any one know which of the TOP BS (GLADCHEMMS) have the BEST MATH programs?

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## Replies to: BEST MATH Programs at BS

1,659Senior MemberI go to Andover and I can say that their math program is also very impressive, also allowing students to go way beyond what is normally offered in a high school environment. AP exam results are consistently extremely impressive, though, of course, there are many classes that go far beyond the AP curriculum. To give you a sense of the strength of the math program, the AP calculus BC class I took this past spring, Math 580, was almost half freshmen. I was an Upper (11th grader). The freshmen in that class will all be able to continue taking math for the duration of their time at Andover, if they so choose. There are classes for students that advanced, and for the odd student who runs out of math offerings, there are IPs (Independent Projects).

For example, last year, a kid called David Field graduated from Andover as a senior. The twist in his story, however, is that he went straight from 10th grade to senior year because MIT recruited him for his math and physics when he was still in 10th grade. He deferred MIT for a year so he could be a senior at Andover first. In freshman year, he was in Math 650, Honors Mathematical Seminar, a seminar course that goes in-depth in one area per trimester. He took Math 661 in Lower year, a Vector Calculus course. However, his real strength was in science, another area in which Andover is incredibly strong. This year, there were two Andover students on the US physics team, including David Field. The other is still at Andover and will be an Upper this Fall. You can read David's story at Phillips Academy - David Field '10 Wins Medal at Physics Olympiad

521Member237Junior MemberFor the people truly into math at Exeter, math club is the place to learn--taught by Zuming Feng, coach of USA IMO team. The lowerclassmen who have the highest placement take a class taught by him for an entire year (generally teachers switch per term so this is a very special exception).

The next highest for lowerclassmen placement is into a precalculus course. Exeter is rather strict about placement and generally has students repeating some material when first entering the school to relearn it the Exeter way, as many students are at first unable to cope with the Exonian method of teaching math. For upperclassmen, the highest possible placement is into a multivariable course. Multivariable calculus (course 510 and 520), linear algebra (540) and abstract mathematics (600) are the only fixed post-calculus classes. There are plenty of 590s every year, which is special topics in mathematics--Game Theory, Topology, Combinatoriques, etc--and the occasional 690 every few years, which sounds (on paper) like a more rigorous version of 590.

282Junior MemberChoate has very strong math program, with strong performance of math teams (having won Connecticut math league competitions for past numerous years, and last two years won New England math association league for medium-size schools (Exeter competes in large size division).

Lots of choices for courses as well, with many students surpassing BC calc and going on to multivariable calc & linear algeabra, then Real Analysis; also numerous opportunities for independent study with Capstone program. Computer programming and robotics also very strong. For both Exeter and Choate, caveat is that it is very difficult even as top math students to make the math teams as they are VERY competitive and draw top international talent.

26New MemberWhat course would this be? The MAT31X/33X/41X course?

237Junior Memberyes, 31x, 33x, 41x--commonly referred to as "t3x"

it generally enables a student to finish BC calculus in their second year at exeter.

521Member135Junior Member50Junior MemberPlease do visit schools and have a discussion with interviewer/math teacher that will give you an overall picture of math program they offered.

254Junior MemberThese days, of course, any decent school has a post-BC calc class already on the curriculum. But that's the way math education goes. Back in the '50s when my mother was a math major, it was typical to not get to regular calculus until freshman or sophomore year of college. I suspect this trend will continue into the future.

521Member3,449Senior Member441Member217Junior Member230Junior MemberSt. Mark's is one other than the Phillips.