We will consider angle preserving transformations in Euclidean space and learn about the differences between the 2-D and 3-D cases. Then we will focus on the most interesting case of such a transformation in the plane and how it can be used.
Bring your colored pencils to help drawing some pictures.
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Congratulations to all of the teams and individuals from our local MATHCOUNTS chapter who are advancing to state. You will see in the list below many regular Metroplex Math Circle participants:
Team Rank 1: Rice Middle School, Head Coach: Laura Liu
- Michael Ma
- Jeffrey Huang
- Brian Du
- Daran Zhao
Team Rank 2: Schimelpfenig Middle School, Head Coach: Chris Mutke
- Michael Shen
- Jett Wang
- Kenny Huang
- Anthony Jiang
Team Rank 3: Renner Middle School, Head Coach: Michelle Edwards
- Max Bu
- Alex Cheng
- Rich Zhou
- Andrew Gu
Team Rank 4: Fermat School for Math and Science, Head Coach: Titu Andreescu
- Vinjai Vale
- Adrian Andreescu
- Milena Djordjevic-Kisacanin
- Jonathan Aberle
Team Rank 5: Hendrick Middle School, Head Coach: Kathleen DeLaVergne
- Jason Yu
- Annie Zhao
- Eeshan Kumar
- Joy Li
Team Rank 6: Murphy Middle School, Head Coaches: Clarice Perry and Kim Dau
- Jeremiah Budiman
- Rishad Islam
- Andrew Kwon
- Harshal Madhavapeddi
- Eric Zhang, Rice Middle School
- Vincent Huang, Schimelpfenig Middle School
- Brandon Chen, Rice Middle School
- Abhilash Potluri, Schimelpfenig Middle School
- Yash Chandak, Coppell Middle School
Posted in Competitions | Tagged Abhilash Potluri, Adrian Andreescu, Alex Cheng, Andrew Gu, Andrew Kwon, Annie Zhao, Anthony Jiang, Brandon Chen, Brian Du, Chris Mutke, Clarice Perry, Coppell Middle School, Daran Zhao, Eeshan Kumar, Eric Zhang, Fermat School for Math and Science, Harshal Madhavapeddi, Hendrick Middle School, Jason Yu, Jeff Wang, Jeffrey Huang, Jeremiah Budiman, Jonathan Aberle, Joy Li, Kathleen DeLaVergne, Kenny Huang, Kim Dau, Laura Liu, MATHCOUNTS, Max Bu, Michael Ma, Michael Shen, Michelle Edwards, Milena Djordjevic-Kisacanin, Murphy Middle School, Renner Middle School, Rice Middle School, Rich Zhou, Rishad Islam, Schimelpfenig Middle School, Titu Andreescu, Vincent Huang, Vinjai Vale, Yash Chandak | 4 Comments »
In a follow up lecture on mathematical functions, we will explore more stories and problems related to polynomials, trigonometric functions, and functional equations. Furthermore, we will dive deeper into the original historical context of functions – curves such as cycloids, cardioids, catenaries, circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, parabolas. Finally, we will try to understand why exponential and trigonometric functions turn up in solutions of so many fundamental problems in math, physics, and engineering. Come and learn with us!
Posted in math circle, meeting | Tagged Branislav Kisacanin, cardioid, catenary, curves, cycloid, ellipses, hyperbola, math circle, parabola | Leave a Comment »
This coming Saturday, the Metroplex Math Circle is very fortunate to have Dr. Tatiana Shubin, one of the leaders in the global math circle movement speak to our circle! We will post more details on the topic of her talk, but no opportunity to hear Dr. Shubin speak should be missed.
In addition to being the Director of the San Jose Math Circle, Tatiana Shubin (shubin[at]math.sjsu.edu) won the All-Siberian Math Olympiad when she was in the seventh grade. Her B.S. is from Moscow State University (Russia), and her PhD is from UC Santa Barbara. She served for 6 years as the California State Director of AMC-8, then became a co-founder of the Bay Area Math Adventures (BAMA), and has been on the BAMA steering committee ever since.
Posted in math circles, meeting | Tagged AMC 8, BAMA, Bay Area Math Adventures, dr tatiana, math circle, math olympiad, San Jose Math Circle, Tatiana Shubin | Leave a Comment »
Long time Metroplex Math Circle participant and Stanford Online High School sophomore, Jacob Cordeiro, has authored Minecraft for Dummies which has just been published by Wiley.
The open-ended nature of Minecraft has made it very popular with young problem solvers and through the use of the game’s various building materials some users have built extraordinary creations. Jacob applied many of the lessons of problem solving and logic that he learned at the Metroplex Math Circle to the entire book and especially to the fourth chapter.
The book is now available for pre-ordering or download at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Google Books and Wiley.
Please send us news about other MMC students and alumni and let us know how the Metroplex Math Circle is helping them achieve their goals.
Posted in Friends of MMC | Tagged Jacob Cordeiro, Minecraft, Minecraft for Dummies, Stanford Online High School, Wiley | 2 Comments »
Parabola or catenary?
In this lecture we will retrace the steps of Archimedes, Newton, Euler, and other great mathematicians and learn about important mathematical functions, their properties, history, and applications. We will look at several interesting competition topics that often show up on AMC 10/12, related to exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, hyperbolic, and other functions. We will also see how these functions turn up in solutions of some fundamental problems in math, physics, and engineering. We will have fun using them to draw important curves: cicloids, cardioids, catenaries, circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, parabolas, and will discover which one of them is brachistochrone and which one is tautochrone.
Posted in math circles, meeting | Tagged AMC 10, AMC 12, Archimedes, brachistochrone, Branislav Kisacanin, cardioid, catenary, cicloid, circle, ellipses, euler, exponential functions, hyperbolas, hyperbolic functions, logarithmic functions, Newton, parabolas, tautochrone, trigonometric functions | 1 Comment »
Learn all about the classic theory of geometric objects with only straight edge and compass. What can you construct, and what is impossible? Which regular polygons can you construct? What if you have help by being given a fixed parabola? Come with your pencils and be ready to draw (compasses provided, or bring your own)!
To perform well on geometry problems on math competitions it is necessary to have a deep understanding. This understanding can be achieved by retracing the footprints of the very first mathematicians whose only tools were a straight edge and compass.
Dr. Kane is one of our most popular lecturers and is recently retired from his position as a professor at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Along with Dr. Andreescu he is the co-founder and coordinator of the Purple Comet! Math Meet. Dr. Kane is also the co-chair of the AIME committee and a faculty member at the AwesomeMath summer camp.
Along with his wife, Jane E. Mertz, Jonathan Kane is the author of several important research papers on the role of culture and gender in mathematical achievement including “Debunking Myths about Gender and Mathematics Performance.”
Posted in meeting | Tagged AIME, AwesomeMath, compass, constructions, geometry, Jonathan Kane, math circles, Purple Comet | Leave a Comment »