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Please join us this Saturday as Adrian Andreescu leads the group through a selection of some of the most interesting AMC 8 problems.

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And while you attend, if you meet the requirements below you can sign up for the AMC 8 according to the following instructions:

Hello All,

Hooray, it’s getting close to AMC 8 time again!  I’m handling signups differently this year.  First, here are the particulars for the test:

  • When:  November 19th at 5pm SHARP
  • Where:  The Davis Library
  • Requirements:  Must be in 8th grade or below and current school does not offer the test.
  • Cost:  $10 (The Davis library charges $50 for the program room, so I’ve had to increase the cost to cover all related fees)
  • What to bring:  number 2 pencils, protractor, compass (scratch paper will be provided).  NO calculators

If you meet the above requirements, then registration for the test will happen in person on November 2nd.  Here are the particulars to sign up:

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

Best,

Kathy Cordeiro

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Dr. Andreescu has provided the solutions to the problems from the most recent math circle: A_Medley_of_Algebra_Problems_Handout.

Medley of Algebra Problems

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220px-TernaryTreesWe are pleased to announce that the first topic of our 2013-2014 Metroplex Math Circle will be Pólya-Burnside Enumeration in Combinatorics, presented by our own Adithya Ganesh on September 14, 2013.

Burnside’s lemma from group theory has a broad scope of application in combinatorial enumeration problems.  Pólya’s enumeration theorem, which generalizes Burnside’s lemma using generating functions, provides a remarkable framework to easily solve counting problems in which we want to regard two entities as equivalent under some symmetry.

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SmallMathCometMirroredJoin us in the first hour to hear MMC students present some of their favorite problems and mathematical concepts.  In the second hour we will work on problems from the Purple Comet! contest and talk about this exciting opportunity to compete with other students around the world.

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image001In 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!

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tshubin02This 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.

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On October 20th Dr. Titu Andreescu spoke to the Metroplex Math Circle at UT Dallas and shared a number of interesting problems.  The video below will give people some sense of what a math circle session can be.  We are still experimenting with our video and streaming technology so we appreciate your patience and are grateful for your tips to improve the quality of these videos which will be posted to our YouTube channel.

Please note that every Metroplex Math Circle speaker is encouraged to choose the topic and format that best suits their style and passions.  This means that every session is somewhat different and you are encouraged to read the description of each session posted here or on our FaceBook and Google+ pages when you make your decision to attend.

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We are very fortunate this week to have Dr. Titu Andreescu return to present some more challenging problems and strategies for solving them.

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The AMC 8 is an important contest to introduce younger students (grades 8 and below) to problem solving and discrete mathematics topics.  Even very young students should begin working with these problems and participate in the AMC 8 in as many years as possible to be well prepared for the AMC 10 and 12 whose results are often requested by elite universities as part of the admissions process.

Metroplex Math Circle attendees are particularly fortunate to have Dr. Andreescu lead us through a discussion of some of his favorite AMC 8 problems.  Dr. Andreescu is the former director of the AMC and the former coach of the US International Mathematical Olympiad team whose members are ultimately chosen from the very best participants in the AMC sponsored contests.

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If you found Metroplex Math Circle through the parent presentation at the 2012 CIE-DFW MathComp/MathFun you can find the link to the presentation here.

If you have any questions we weren’t able to take during the presentation feel free to post them below.

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