No one enjoys hard computation or a tedious grind through formulas and equations. Brute-force work should only be undertaken as a last resort! Do what a mathematician does - think very hard first to devise a creative, elegant approach that avoids hard work!
The Curriculum Bursts and companion Curriculum Inspirations Videos listed below demonstrate the concept of avoiding hard work using problems from the AMC contests.
|Units Digit (pdf)||Watch the Video|
|Intersecting Tetrahedra (pdf)||Watch the Video|
|Shaded Triangles (pdf)||Watch the Video|
|Red and White Chips (pdf)||Watch the Video|
|Pinwheel Area (pdf)||Watch the Video|