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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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