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The AwesomeMath newsletter, The Gold Standard has published a series of important dates and useful resources:

Starting with the first round of USAMTS (USA Mathematial Talent Search) due on October 15 and culminating with the IMO (International Mathematics Olympiad) in July, 2014, the season of math competitions is right around the corner.  Are you prepared?  Do you have the resources to help you excel?   With over 30 years of experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring the brightest mathematical minds of our age, Dr. Andreescu’s books are essential for every math enthusiast’s library.  Here are just a few highlights from his distinguished career:

  • Authored, co-authored, and edited more than 40 math books and publications
  • Head coach and leader of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) for 8 years
  • Director of the Mathematical Association of American (MAA) American Mathematics Competitions for 5 years
  • Has contributed hundreds of problems to various math competitions including up to and including the IMO
  • Co-founder of the Purple Comet! Math Meet, the first international team based math competition
  • Founder and Director of AwesomeMath, an organization that provides enriching experiences in mathematics to intellectually curious learners

Following is a chart of important dates and resources which will enrich the mathlete’s competition experience:

Date Competition Resource
October 15, 2013
Round 1
USAMTS Mathematical Olympiad Challenges,
Mathematical Olympiad Treasures,
Mathematical Reflections – all volumes
November 18, 2013
Round 2
USAMTS Mathematical Olympiad Challenges,
Mathematical Olympiad Treasures,
Mathematical Reflections – all volumes
November 19, 2013 AMC 8 Purple Comet! Math Meet:  All Ten Years, 105 Algebra Problems
December 7, 2013 Putnam Problems from the Book, Straight from the Book, Putnam and Beyond
January 6, 2014
Round 3
USAMTS Mathematical Olympiad Challenges,
Mathematical Olympiad Treasures,
Mathematical Reflections – all volumes
10A:  February 4, 2014
10B:  February 19, 2014
AMC 10 105 Algebra Problems, 106 Geometry Problems, 107 Geometry Problems,108 Algebra Problems (coming soon)
12A:  February 4, 2014
12B:  February 19, 2014
AMC 12 Mathematical Reflections – all volumes, 105 Algebra Problems, 106 Geometry Problems, 107 Geometry Problems,108 Algebra Problems (coming soon)
AIME I:  March 13, 2014
AIME II: March 26, 2014
AIME Purple Comet! Math Meet: All Ten
Years, Mathematical Reflections – all
volumes
April 1-10, 2014 Purple Comet! Math Meet Purple Comet! Math Meet:  All Ten Years
April 29-30, 2014 USAMO Problems from the Book, Straight from the Book, Topics in Functional Equations, Math Olympiad Challenges, Math Olympiad Treasures
July 2014 IMO (South Africa) Math Olympiad Challenges,
Mathematical Olympiad Treasures,
Mathematical Reflections – all volumes

 

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220px-Straight_Square_Inscribed_in_a_Circle_240pxLearn 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.”

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With the AMC 10 and 12 contests behind us, some students will be preparing for the AIME while many will be working hard to improve their scores next year.  Both groups will not want to miss Dr. Titu Andreescu this weekend as he presents more of his favorite problems and solutions.

Titu Andreescu received his Ph.D. from the West University of Timisoara, Romania. The topic of his dissertation was “Research on Diophantine Analysis and Applications.” Professor Andreescu currently teaches at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is past chairman of the USA Mathematical Olympiad, served as director of the MAA American Mathematics Competitions (1998–2003), coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad Team (IMO) for 10 years (1993–2002), director of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (1995–2002), and leader of the USA IMO Team (1995–2002). In 2002 Titu was elected member of the IMO Advisory Board, the governing body of the world’s most prestigious mathematics competition. Titu co-founded in 2006 and continues as director of the AwesomeMath Summer Program (AMSP). He received the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching from the MAA in 1994 and a “Certificate of Appreciation” from the president of the MAA in 1995 for his outstanding service as coach of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program in preparing the US team for its perfect performance in Hong Kong at the 1994 IMO. Titu’s contributions to numerous textbooks and problem books are recognized worldwide.

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Bulgarian Olympiad winner, Krassimir Penev will consider a variety of problem-solving techniques and important facts used for solving nonstandard geometric problems. The examples include but are not limited to the Nine Point CircleEuler’s lineCeva’s Theorem and cyclic quadrilaterals.  These mathematical tools could be used for math competitions such as the AMC10,12, AIME, USAMO and Intel talent search.

 

We will plan to meet right after the MATHCOUNTS Chapter competition.

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The American Mathematics Contest (AMC) is an extremely important contest for any students interested in pursuing a STEM education and career.  Many of the elite universities use AMC scores to sort out the many applicants who easily achieve 800 SAT math scores.

Our Metroplex Math Circle students are particularly fortunate to have access to Dr. Titu Andreescu as they prepare themselves to take the test.  Dr. Andreescu was the director of the AMC and coach of the US International Mathematical Olympiad team, whose members are selected from among the very best performers in the AMC, AIME and USAMO sequence of contests.

Students should make sure that their schools are offering the A version of the AMC 10 and 12 tests on February 7th.  For those students who do not have access to the test at their school or who are homeschooled, Dr. Andreescu will be offering the test at UT Dallas on February 22, 2012.  Please leave a comment below if you would like to register to take the test at UT Dallas so we can order sufficient tests.

The “10” and “12” refer to the maximum grade in which the test may be taken, however, there is no lower limit on the age of the participant.  Many of our younger students take it with the goal of improving their performance each year and identifying areas to focus their studies.  One extraordinary elementary student, under Dr. Andreescu’s tutelage, even achieved a perfect score on the AMC 10!

 

 

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OK, by popular demand following his March 5th AIME training session, Dr. Andreescu will return as next week’s speaker to continue training our students for AIME.  Whether you qualified this year or hope to in the future, do not miss this opportunity to train with the former Director of AMC and coach of the US IMO team.

Dr. Titu Andreescu, University of Texas at Dallas

Titu Andreescu received his Ph.D. from the West University of Timisoara, Romania. The topic of his dissertation was “Research on Diophantine Analysis and Applications.” Professor Andreescu currently teaches at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is past chairman of the USA Mathematical Olympiad, served as director of the MAA American Mathematics Competitions (1998–2003), coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad Team (IMO) for 10 years (1993–2002), director of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (1995–2002), and leader of the USA IMO Team (1995–2002). In 2002 Titu was elected member of the IMO Advisory Board, the governing body of the world’s most prestigious mathematics competition. Titu co-founded in 2006 and continues as director of the AwesomeMath Summer Program (AMSP). He received the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching from the MAA in 1994 and a “Certificate of Appreciation” from the president of the MAA in 1995 for his outstanding service as coach of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program in preparing the US team for its perfect performance in Hong Kong at the 1994 IMO. Titu’s contributions to numerous textbooks and problem books are recognized worldwide. Related articles on this site.

I also found out last week that many people were unfamiliar with the book Count Down by Steve Olson and the prominent role played in it by Dr. Andreescu as it describes the US team’s triumph at the IMO.

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Whether you are one of the Math Circle attendees who just qualified for the AIME or hope to some day, you do not want to miss a lecture by our own Dr. Titu Andreescu which will increase your odds of success on this prestigious test and potentially the chance to sit for the USAMO.

Elite universities look at AIME scores to differentiate between their accomplished applicants.  The test is a bit different from the AMC 8, 10 or 12 and requires new skills and strategies for success.

The AIME is a 15 question, 3 hour examination in which each answer is an integer number from 0 to 999. The questions on the AIME are much more difficult and students are very unlikely to obtain the correct answer by guessing. As with the AMC 10 and AMC 12 (and the USAMO), all problems on the AIME can be solved by pre-calculus methods. The use of calculators is not allowed.

The AIME provides the exceptional students who are invited to take it with yet another opportunity to challenge their mathematical abilities. Like all examinations, it is but a means towards furthering mathematical development and interest. The real value of the examination is in the learning that can come from the preparation beforehand and from further thought and discussion of the solutions.

 

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We were very pleased to have our neighbor, Dr. Dimitar Grantcharov deliver the lecture this past Saturday.  He focused his talk around some engaging and deep problems from his last contest at UT Arlington: UTA 2010 Competition Problems.

The students enjoyed solving each problem and then exploring greater depth and generalizations beyond their solutions.  This was an excellent way to better prepare them for the upcoming AMC and AIME contests.

As a reminder, February 5th there will be no Metroplex Math Circle so students can go to Arlington to compete in the Second Annual UT Arlington Math Competition where they will encounter similar challenging problems.

Dr. Grantcharov is also kicking off a new semester of his own math circle in Arlington:

Dear (MC)^2 Friends:

Our first Spring 2011 Math Circle meeting will be held next Tuesday, January 25, at 7:00 pm in PKH 107. Please note that we will meet in a new room this semester. The Mid-Cities Math Circle will run every week and every meeting will last about 60 minutes. The first two meetings will be AMC10-AIME problem-solving sessions.

As usual, the Math Circle is intended for high-school and advanced middle-school students. Teachers are welcome to come to the meetings as well. The web site of the Mid Cities Math Circle is www.midcitiesmathcircle.org

If you plan to come next Tuesday and do not know where to park, a good option would be to use the Garage right next to PKH. Please, keep the parking receipts, so that I can reimburse you later. Maps of the campus can be downloaded at http://www.uta.edu/maps/pdf

Snacks and drinks will (hopefully) be provided. Also, there are still a few copies of the book of Zvezdelina Stankova “A Decade of the Berkeley Math Circle” left. You can get a copy for the (special) prize of $20.

Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested in attending our Math Circle. I am looking forward to see you all on Tuesday.

Best regards,

Dimitar

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Metroplex Math Circle will kick off its spring 2011 semester with a presentation by Dr. Dimitar Grantcharov.    Dr. Grantcharov is an assistant professor at UT Arlington and the director of our neighbor, the Mid Cities Math Circle.  Dr. Grantcharov will use problems from last year’s UT Arlington Math Competition to help prepare our students for the upcoming AMC 10, 12 and AIME.  Here are some examples:

  • Which of the following numbers is a perfect square?
    (A) 98!99! (B) 98! 100! (C) 99! 100! (D) 99!101! (E) 101!101!
  • A square has sides of length 10, and a circle centered at one of its vertices has radius 10. What is the area of the union of the regions enclosed by the square and the circle?
  • A game is played with tokens according to the following rule. In each round, the player with the most tokens gives one token to each of the other players and also places one token in the discard pile. The game ends when some player runs out of tokens. Players A, B, and C start with 15, 14, and 13 tokens, respectively. How many rounds will there be in the game?
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    AMC recently announced the students invited to sit for the USA Mathematical Olympiad.  This is a tremendous accomplishment following exemplary performance on the AMC 10 or 12 and a high score on the AIME.  The qualifiers from Texas are:

    usamo-qualifiers

    Every student representing Texas at the USAMO deserves to be very proud.  However, Metroplex Math Circle is particularly proud that one of our most regular attendees is by far the youngest student on the national list.

    Michael Ma, as a fourth grader received a perfect score on the AMC 10 and followed it up with a performance on the AIME that is beyond all but the best high school students.  MMC cannot claim the credit for this terrific success (that belongs to Michael and his family) but Michael does exemplify the hard work and talent that Dr. Andreescu seeks to identify and encourage.

    Please join us in congratulating Michael on his continued success.

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