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## Art of Problem Solving Math Books Review

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## What Grades and Math Subjects does AoPS Math cover?

Art of Problem Solving textbooks cover middle and high school math, as well as competition prep.

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## How Art of Problem Solving Teaches Math

Art of Problem solving is a big believer in teaching through solving problems.

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As a result, AoPS Math textbooks are quite problem set heavy.

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- Pointing out various strategies they can take on given concepts or problems
- Offering extra work
- Giving extra information
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## Some Drawbacks to Art of Problem Solving Textbooks and Curriculum

## Can be tricky to jump into from another curriculum

## Discovery approach can frustrate some learners

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## The Math Evangelist Who Preaches Problem-Solving

Richard Rusczyk, 50, at the Art of Problem Solving campus in San Diego.

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## Your Beast Academy textbooks are comics, and you introduce concepts through story. The characters are talking about their math homework on the school bus, or they’re in woodworking class, or they’re on a field trip. What made you choose that approach?

Beast Academy’s illustrated math guides.

## The lessons you’re trying to teach seem to go far beyond any specific math content, or even specific problem-solving techniques.

## Your materials for older students don’t incorporate a storytelling framework. But one striking thing about them is how each new chapter or class session begins not by introducing concepts, but with a collection of problems. What made you choose that format?

This was how I learned math. It was a pretty powerful way to learn.

## Your classes tend to attract kids who are already excited about math, and that in turn attracts teachers with strong math backgrounds. It’s one thing to make a system that works well for such enthusiastic and experienced participants, and another to make something that will work in classrooms everywhere. What challenges do you anticipate in scaling up your Beast Academy materials to a full curriculum?

Rusczyk with his staff at the San Diego office.

## When you say that Beast Academy has been successful as a classroom supplement, how do you measure that?

## Who chose how many lessons kids did — the teachers, or the kids themselves?

## There’s a lot of debate in educational circles about whether kids at both the high and the low end of performance are best served by being put on separate tracks or the same track. It sounds like you feel pretty strongly about giving extra challenge to kids who are ready for it.

Rusczyk at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in San Diego.

## Math competitions can be great for kids who are naturally competitive, but that’s not all kids. What can we offer the other kids?

## It seems like Beast Academy, the imaginary school in the comic books, is the kind of place you would have dreamed of attending as a kid. You’ve said that some kids dress up as their favorite Beast Academy monster for Halloween, but what about you? Is there a monster you especially identify with?

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