CCML Topics 2024-2025

The topic list was updated for the 2023-2024 school year. Almost nothing has changed in terms of content;
rather, an effort was made to clarify, eliminate superfluous language, and write the topics in a more consistent manner.
Remember that contests are always cumulative. That is, problems related to prior topics - including from prior years - can always show up on a given contest.

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* indicates topics for the division A contest only.

2024-2025

Algebra 1

Presumed Knowledge

  • Vocabulary from previous math courses
  • Distance = rate x time
  • Pythagorean theorem
  • Perimeter and area formulas for rectangles, squares, triangles, and circles
  • Volume and surface area of prisms and spheres

Contest 1

  • Simplifying numeric expressions
  • Performing operations with real numbers
  • Number patterns (sequences, decimal expansions)
  • Number theory (prime factorization, GCD, LCM, number of factors, divisibility tests)
  • Venn diagrams

Contest 2 - NO CALCULATOR

  • Linear equations (with applications)
  • Number bases
  • Simple probability and counting (one or two events, simple casework, etc.)

Contest 3

  • Graphing in the Cartesian coordinate system
  • Equations of lines (slope, parallel, perpendicular, etc.)
  • Basic statistics (mean, median, mode)

Contest 4 - NO CALCULATOR

  • Linear inequalities
  • Absolute value equations and inequalities
  • Systems of linear equations
  • Functions (notation, composition, domain, range)

Contest 5

  • Polynomials (operations and factoring)
  • Exponents and radicals
  • Rational equations (with applications)*
  • Quadratic equations (with applications)*

Geometry

Presumed Knowledge

  • Vocabulary from previous math courses
  • Topics from previous contests

Contest 1

  • Algebra topics from previous contests
  • Measurement in degrees, minutes, and seconds
  • Intersections and unions of sets and geometric figures (including angles, lines, rays, and segments)
  • Angles and segments (vertical angles, complements, supplements, midpoints, bisectors, trisectors)
  • Classification of triangles (by sides and angles)
  • Quadratic equations (with applications)

Contest 2 - NO CALCULATOR

  • Parallel and perpendicular lines (angles, slope)
  • Perimeter and area of triangles and quadrilaterals
  • Triangle measure (interior and exterior)
  • Coordinate geometry (distance and midpoint formulas, slope)
  • Geometric counting problems (how many paths, how many triangles, etc.)
  • Geometric probability

Contest 3

  • Quadrilaterals (properties and classification)
  • Polygons (angle measure, number of diagonals, regular, exterior angles)
  • The triangle inequality
  • Pythagorean theorem (including Pythagorean triples, applications, etc.)
  • Geometric similarity

Contest 4 - NO CALCULATOR

  • Special triangles (45/45/90 and 30/60/90)
  • Polygons (coordinate geometry)
  • Transformations in the coordinate plane (reflections, translations, rotations, dilations)
  • Circles (angles formed by chords, secants and tangents)
  • Circles (lengths of chords, secants, and tangents)*

Contest 5

  • Area of plane figures and surface area of 3D figures
  • Properties of 3D figures
  • Volume of solids
  • Right-triangle trigonometry
  • 3D coordinate geometry*

Algebra 2

Presumed Knowledge

  • Vocabulary from previous math courses
  • Topics from previous contests

Contest 1

  • Linear equations and inequalities
  • Rational equations
  • Systems of linear equations
  • Coordinate geometry (midpoints, slope, parallel, perpendicular)

Contest 2 - NO CALCULATOR

  • Radicals and rational exponents
  • Absolute value equations and inequalities
  • Quadratic equations and inequalities
  • Counting (permutations, combinations, and arrangements)
  • Probability (independent and dependent events, conditional probability)

Contest 3

  • Relations (domain, range, composition, function arithmetic, inverses)
  • Iterations and fixed points of functions
  • Statistics (measures of central tendency, two-way frequency tables, regression curves, etc.)

Contest 4 - NO CALCULATOR

  • Systems of non-linear equations and inequalities
  • Linear programming
  • Exponential and logarithmic equations
  • Matrices (operations and determinants up to 2 x 2)

Contest 5

  • Right triangle trigonometry
  • Unit circle trigonometry
  • Equations of circles
  • Theory of equations (rational roots theorem, Vièta's formulas, Descartes's rule of signs)
  • Solving quadratics with nonreal zeros
  • Transformations of functions*
  • Rational functions*
  • Binomial theorem*

Precalculus

Presumed Knowledge

  • Vocabulary from previous math courses
  • Topics from previous contests

Contest 1

  • Linear and quadratic functions
  • Polynomials (operations, including division)
  • Functions (domain, range, composition, inverses, fixed points)
  • Graphs (patterns, periods, special points, etc.)

Contest 2 - NO CALCULATOR

  • Polynomials and rational functions
  • Limits (easy limits, end behavior, etc.)
  • Performing operations with complex numbers
  • Systems of equations and inequalities
  • Counting (permutations, combinations, and arrangements)
  • Probability (independent and dependent events, conditional probability, Bayes’s Theorem)

Contest 3

  • Analytic trigonometry (graphs and equations)
  • Trigonometric applications (including law of sines and law of cosines)
  • Vectors (magnitude, addition, scaling, angles, dot products, cross products*, projections*, components*)
  • Statistics (measures of central tendency, population and sample standard deviation, z-scores, expected value)

Contest 4 - NO CALCULATOR

  • Angle measures in radians
  • Trigonometric identities
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Arithmetic and geometric sequences
  • Summation, finite and infinite series
  • Matrices (operations, inverses, determinants up to 3 x 3)
  • Conic sections (ellipse, parabola, hyperbola, and degenerate cases)*

Contest 5

  • All topics from contests 1-4
  • Binomial theorem and binomial probability
  • Parametric equations
  • Demoivre's theorem*
  • Polar coordinates and polar graphs*