We have gotten many questions from parents regarding useful books for preparation in MATHCOUNTS, AMC 10/12, and AIME. Below are some books and resources that our staff feel have helped them be successful in these competitions.

Beginner AMC/MATHCOUNTS (Just starting math competitions)
– Introduction to Algebra *
– Introduction to Geometry *
– Introduction to Counting and Probability *

Intermediate AMC/MATHCOUNTS (MATHCOUNTS state qualifier/80+ on AMC10)
– Intermediate Algebra *
– Introduction to Number Theory *
– Intermediate Counting and Probability *
– The Three-Year MATHCOUNTS Marathon
– Volume 1: the Basics *
– Competition Math for Middle School *

Advanced AMC/MATHCOUNTS and AIME (Aspiring MATHCOUNTS Nationals qualifier/AIME qualifier)
– Volume 2: and Beyond *
– The Art and Craft of Problem Solving
– Precalculus *

Online Resources
– AoPS forums (to discuss problems with other students): https://artofproblemsolving.com/community
– For The Win! on AoPS Online (to practice your speed on problems): https://artofproblemsolving.com/ftw
– Alcumus on AoPS Online (to practice accuracy on problems of targeted concepts): https://artofproblemsolving.com/alcumus
– AoPS videos (lessons on specific topics with problems): https://artofproblemsolving.com/videos
– AoPS classes (online classes during the school year or summer that help students prepare for a specific competition or problem area): https://artofproblemsolving.com/school/catalog
– OPLET (official MATHCOUNTS problem bank): https://www.mathcounts.org/resources/oplet
– MATHCOUNTS Trainer App (problem bank): https://artofproblemsolving.com/mathcounts_trainer
– Past MATHCOUNTS tests: https://www.mathcounts.org/programs/competition-series/past-competitions
– AMC past tests: https://artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/AMC_Problems_and_Solutions
– MATHCOUNTS Official School Handbook (problem bank): https://www.mathcounts.org/resources/school-handbook
* The starred books can be bought on the AoPS online bookstore: https://artofproblemsolving.com/store

Don’t hesitate to email us at iowacitymathcircle@gmail.com if you have any questions!


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