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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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Congratulations to all of the Texas students who qualified to sit for the 2012 USAMO or the USAJMO.

USAMO Qualifiers:

  • S. Chen, Westwood HS, Austin
  • D. Fan, Dulles HS, Sugar Land
  • B. Ferguson, Ferguson Homeschool, Dallas
  • G. Ge, Texas Academy of Math & Science, Denton
  • P. Guo, Westwood HS, Austin
  • N. Gupta, Texas Academy of Math & Science, Denton
  • K. Li, A&M Consolidated HS, College Station
  • M. Ma, Rice MS, Plano
  • A. Sadun, Liberal Arts & Science Academy HS, Austin
  • B. Shen, Dulles HS, Sugar Land, TX
  • K. Tian, Westwood HS, Austin
  • A. Whatley, North Houston Academy of Science & Mathematics, Spring
  • L. Wu, Stephen F. Austin HS, Sugar Land
  • S. Xu, Dawson HS, Pearland
  • A. Zhao, Texas Academy of Math & Science, Denton
  • D. Zhou, Harmony School of Advancement, Houston

USAJMO Qualifiers

  • N. Balachandar, Shepton HS, Plano
  • R. Guo, St Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas
  • M. Hwang, Dulles HS, Sugar Land
  • L. Ilic, Westlake HS, Austin
  • A. Jain, William P Clements HS, Sugar Land
  • S. Jiang, William P Clements HS, Sugar Land
  • P. Konduri, Harmony School of Advancement, Houston
  • W. Li, William P. Clements HS, Sugar Land
  • X. Lin, St. Stephens Episcopal School, Austin
  • E. Nguyen, Robert L. Paschal HS, Fort Worth
  • V. Vale, Gnanam Academy, Richardson
  • G. Venkat, Fort Settlement MS, Sugar Land
  • D. Whatley, North Houston Academy of Science & Mathematics
  • A. Yang, William P. Clements HS, Sugar Land
  • V. Zhou, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas

Please use the comments below to congratulate these students many of whom attend the Metroplex Math Circle.

 

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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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We look forward to seeing old and new friends today at the September 17  session of Metroplex Math Circle.  Next week we look forward to a lecture from Joshua Nichols-Barrer.   Dr. Nichols-Barrer earned his PhD at MIT and is the AwesomeMath Academic Director, a two time IMO silver medalist and a multiple winner of the USAMO.

Here is a description of the session in Dr. Nichols-Barrer’s own words:

Modular arithmetic is an essential tool for properly treating number theory problems in contest mathematics.  While there is far more to talk about than we have time for today, we will extensively cover the foundations of arithmetic mod an integer $m$, looking to differences between mod $m$ arithmetic and that which we are all familiar with, as well as those things which distinguish arithmetics mod $m$ for distinct values of $m$.  We will also begin to think about algebra mod $m$ should we have the time.

Modular arithmetic is one of the many fields ignored by standard math curricula but critical for success in math competitions or a career in mathematics or sciences.

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Qualifiers for the 2011 USA Mathematical Olympiad and the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad have just been announced and once again participants in the Metroplex Math Circle were well represented.

USAMO Qualifiers from Texas:

  • Steven Chen, Westwood HS, Austin
  • Alexandra Ilic, Westlake HS, Austin
  • George Qi, Westwood HS, Austin
  • Kevin Tian, Westwood HS, Austin
  • Kevin Li, A&M Consolidated HS, College Station
  • Brian Ferguson, Ferguson Homeschool, Dallas
  • Taeyeon Ham, Highland Park HS, Dallas
  • Adam Su, Texas Academy Math & Science, Denton
  • Michael Ma, Wyatt Elementary, Plano
  • Bobby Shen, Dulles HS, Sugar Land
  • Lawrence Wu, Stephen F Austin HS, Sugar Land

USAJMO Qualifiers from Texas:

  • Patrick Guo, Westwood HS, Austin
  • Kensen Shi, A&M Consolidated HS, College Station
  • Niranjan Balachandar, Frankford MS, Dallas
  • Victor Zhou, St Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas
  • Erik Nguyen, Robert L Paschal HS, Fort Worth
  • Dominic Yurk, Robert L Paschal HS, Fort Worth
  • Paul Cruz, Harmony School of Advancement, Houston
  • Andrew Jin, Harmony School of Advancement, Houston
  • Patrick Pan, Home School, Houston
  • Brian Xu, The Village HS, Houston
  • Siddharth Seethepalli, Seven Lakes HS, Katy
  • Kevin Chang, Jasper HS, Plano
  • David Hao, Jasper HS, Plano
  • Daniel Suh, Jasper HS, Plano
  • Robert Tung, Jasper HS, Plano
  • Angeline Rao, First Colony MS, Sugar Land
  • Alexander Yang, First Colony MS, Sugar Land
  • Eric Yu, The Woodlands College Park HS, The Woodlands

 

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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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Computing a correct answer is sufficient for most grade school work, but proving that something must be true is one of the most important skills our students can learn.  This ability has immediate benefits for such important tests as USAMTS or the USAMO as well as teaching the skills of reasoning and communication that can help in any profession.

We are very fortunate to once again have a lecture by Dr. Branislav Kisačanin.  Here is his description of the upcoming session:

Introduction to Mathematical Proofs
In this lecture we will see examples of common proof techniques: direct proofs, proofs by induction, and proofs by contradiction. The students should have their pencils ready, as they will get a hands-on experience solving and proving mathematical problems.
In addition to a few more problems of historical significance, we will work on relatively simple problems that illustrate various proof techniques. In order to make things more interesting, we will let the students figure out which technique to use for each problem.

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Well, Texas didn’t have anyone with a top 12 position in the 2010 USAMO or an Honorable Mention (more reason to get our students involved in math circle earlier and take advantage of the other great resources we have in the Dallas area).    We were proud, however of the students, who did qualify for the USAMO in north Texas, many of whom have honed their skills at the Metroplex Math Circle and are young enough to compete in many future Olympiads.

USAMO Qualifiers:

  • Jay Hashop grade 12 Greenhill School, Addison
  • Brian Ferguson grade  10 Ferguson Homeschool, Dallas
  • Hongzhi Zhao grade 10 Jasper HS, Plano
  • Michael Ma grade 4 Wyatt Elementary, Plano

USAJMO Qualifiers

  • Taeyeon Ham grade 10 Highland Park HS, Dallas
  • James Rowan grade 9 St Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas
  • Andrew Shi grade 10 Clark HS, Plano
  • Kevin Chang grade 9 Jasper HS, Plano
  • Victor Zhou 8 grade Rice MS, Plano

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The AMC just posted biographies for the top performers in the recent USAMO contest:

USA Mathematical Olympiad: 2010 USAMO Winners

May 19, 2010

This year, 329 outstanding high school students qualified for the 2010 USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO). On April 27-28, these students tackled a challenging, six-question exam, distributed via the Internet to their schools. The 12 winners are (in alphabetical order):

Timothy Chu (Lynbrook High School, San Jose, California): Timothy Chu is a senior at Lynbrook High School. Next year he will be going to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a semifinalist for two years in the Physics Olympiad and a semifinalist for one year in the USA Biology Olympiad. He plays French Horn as second chair in his school’s state-renowned Wind Ensemble and is about to become an Eagle Scout.  He also played tennis for Lynbrook for two years. He enjoys playing Frisbee and climbing trees. He would like to give special thanks to Rita Korsunsky, school Math Club advisor, for all the hard work she does for the Math Club, and his mom for pushing him into MathCounts. He would also like to thank Jon Schneider, prior International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) team member from Canada and friend.

Calvin Deng (William G. Enloe High School, Cary, North Carolina): Calvin is currently a freshman at William G. Enloe High School. This year he qualified for U.S. Physics Olympiad Semi-Final, and last year he was a National MathCounts Quarter Finalist. During his spare time, he likes to play sports and video games. Calvin would like to thank his dad who opened the door to math and science for him.

Michael Druggan (Tates Creek High School, Lexington, Kentucky): Michael was a national competitor at MathCounts in 2007 and achieved “Gold” level in the USA Math Talent Search competition, 2009-2010.  His hobbies include logic puzzles, especially slitherlinks and kenkens, and he has been competing in gymnastics for several years.  He would like to thank his mom for getting him interested in math early on and for always being supportive of him competing in math competitions.

Brian Hamrick (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Annandale, Virginia): Brian is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall. Outside of math, he enjoys computer science and was a member of the USA team for the International Olympiad in Informatics in 2008 and 2009, earning a silver and gold medal. He would like to thank the Thomas Jefferson Math Team, especially teacher Mrs. Gabriel and former co-captain Jacob Steinhardt for providing a great opportunity to learn contest math, as well as the great friends that he has met through the Olympiad programs who continue to make these experiences a lot of fun.

Travis Hance (Lakota West High School, West Chester, Ohio): Travis is graduating from Lakota West High School and will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology next fall. He has been competing in mathematics competitions since the ninth grade. Besides math, he also enjoys programming and computer science, and received a silver medal at the International Olympiad in Informatics last year. In his spare time he enjoys activities with friends such as Frisbee and playing board games.  He thanks his parents, Sandra and Darrell Hance, and his math teacher Mrs. Botzner for always encouraging his mathematical interests.

Xiaoyu He (Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Acton, Massachusetts): Xiaoyu is a sophomore at Acton-Boxborough Regional High. He enjoys math, computer programming and gaming, and, occasionally, art. When he is in the mood he will pull out a pencil and draw the first person he sees. He thanks his parents for introducing him to mathematics and for their continuing support.

Mitchell Lee (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Annandale, Virginia): Mitchell is a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Besides competitive mathematics, his other interests include computer programming (USA Computer Olympiad summer camp 2010), swimming, and playing with his baby brother.  He also fancies himself a StarCraft power player.  He would like to recognize his family for its support, The Art of Problem Solving for being a phenomenal resource, and Brian Hamrick for all his great lectures.

In Sung Na (Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, Old Tappan, New Jersey): In Sung is a junior at Northern Valley Regional High School. Apart from USAMO, he will be participating in the International Linguistics Olympiad this year along with fellow winner Allen Yuan. He enjoys running around, swimming, sleeping, and reading all kinds of books. He thanks his math teacher, Arpi Lajinian, for helping to organize his school’s math contests, the AAST math team and its coaches, Dr. Mayers, Dr. Abramson, and the late Mr. Joe Holbrook, for providing precious math opportunities, along with his friend Timothy Chu and former IMO team member Delong Meng for spreading their contagious love for math.

Evan O’Dorney: Evan is homeschooled through Venture School in California. He takes math classes at University of California, Berkeley.  Among his numerous honors are Scripps National Spelling Bee champion (2007), Bay Area Math Olympiad grand prize (2007, 2009, 2010), USAMO winner (2008), IMO silver medalist (2008, 2009), and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalist (2010). He enjoys improvising and composing piano music. Professor Zvezda Stankova, director of the Berkeley Math Circle, has played a vital role in his mathematical development introducing Evan to renowned mathematicians and offering invaluable mentorship.

Toan Duc Phan (Taft School, Watertown, Connecticut): Toan is currently a senior at The Taft School. He will be attending Harvard University next fall. In addition to winning USAMO this year, he was a USAMO winner last year, and a member of the US team at the 2009 Romanian Master in Mathematics. Toan also received an Honorable Mention in the 2009 Asian-Pacific Math Olympiad. When he is not doing math, he likes debating, playing sports, or simply socializing with friends.  His favorite sports are ping pong and soccer.

Hunter Spink (Western Canada High School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada): Hunter Spink is a junior at Western Canada High School. In addition to Provincial and National awards, Hunter won a silver medal at the 2009 International Mathematical Olympiad and will be part of the 2010 Canadian IMO team. His other interests include piano, skiing, computing, and girls. He credits reading books on mathematics and his discussions with Dr. Richard Guy at the University of Calgary as his sources of inspiration.

Allen Yuan (Detroit Country Day School, Farmington, Michigan): Allen is a junior at Detroit Country Day School. He was a USA team member in the 2009 Romanian Master in Mathematics and the 2009 U.S. Physics Team, and he will be going to the International Linguistics Olympiad this summer.  He is also interested in piano performance, in which he competes at local to international levels.  He thanks his parents and all the teachers, coaches, and students who motivated him to work harder on math throughout middle and high school.

An awards ceremony for the 12 USAMO winners will be held in Washington, D.C. at both the MAA Headquarters and the U.S. Department of State building on Monday, June 7.

The USAMO is the pinnacle event in the sequence of increasingly challenging mathematical contests administered by the MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions program. More than 220,000 worldwide took the first contest (AMC 10 and/or AMC 12). More than 10,000 were invited to compete in the second contest (AIME), and just 329 of these participants made it to the highly selective and prestigious USAMO.

For more information on the USAMO and MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions (AMC), click here. AMC announced a new contest this year, the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad, for students in 10th grade and below. This year, 237 students qualified for the USAJMO. The top scorers are listed here.

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