Carl Friedrich Gauss
Gauss students should be proficient with algebra and have a facility with geometry comparable to a full-year course at a basic level. Instructors will use algebra and basic geometry extensively without pausing to develop basic results. Some breadth of experience in mathematics is generally expected as is some independence and evidence of problem solving strength. The topical mix is expected to draw from the full range of precalculus subjects such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, vectors, matrices, series etc.
The Gauss group is targeted at 9th and 10th grade SDMC students. One aspect of this is that the level will tend to be above that of 9th and 10th grade school mathematics. Some younger students may meet these academic criteria and may possess the maturity needed to integrate successfully with older students. Similarly, some 9th and 10th grade students may be suitably prepared for the Cauchy class (11th and 12th grade). We do not generally encourage "acceleration" through math circle levels since our ability groups already track above school grades and with greater breadth, but if circumstances appear to warrant it, students are permitted to advance to a next ability group ahead of the default schedule.
Gauss students tend to be very involved in mathematics competitions, so Gauss topics are sometimes oriented toward this end.
A couple of adult volunteers are needed in this class. Besides supervision, an important responsability of parent volunteers is to police the classroom at the end of each class session, to be sure the facilities are as clean and orderly as at the outset.
The "Gauss Coordinator" is a particular parent volunteer who assists SDMC in these matters.