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The Malayalee Engineers Association of North Texas is sponsoring a math contest.  To support this initiative, Metroplex Math Circle will suspend its normal November 15th meeting allowing more students to participate.

When MEANT last held a contest one of their winners was a young Zach Abel.  Zach went on to great success at the USAMO and IMO as document in the movie Hard Problems.  Perhaps one of the participants in this year’s MEANT contest will follow in Zach’s footsteps.

We will update the following information as we receive it from MEANT.

MEANT Math Olympiad

MEANT in partnership with Microsoft Corporation, announces a competition in mathematics, open to all 6th to 10th grade students in the Dallas Metroplex.

WHEN : November 15th, 2008, Saturday
TIME : 1:00 PM
VENUE : University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).
School of Management (Room 2.801, 2nd Floor)
800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080
Map : (http://www.utdallas.edu/maps/)

Last date to Register : November 11th, 2008.
Registration fee : $10.00 (Non refundable after Nov 11th, 2008).

Click here to download the Program Flyer

Click here to download the Registration form

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This is the continuation of the interviews with the 2006 US IMO team. The first speaker, is ZEB Brady. ZEB spent part of his summer at UT Dallas working at Dr. Andreescu’s prestigious summer camp, AwesomeMath. ZEB was a gold medalist at the 2006 IMO.

These particular problems are much harder than the level normally discussed at math circles, but the strategies of problem solving can be very similar. It is interesting to hear how even these brilliant students struggled with problem number 6.

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This video gives some insight into the thought process of Olympiad problem solvers. The first speaker, Dr. Zuming Feng, is a good friend of the Metroplex Math Circle and is a regular speaker. Zach Abel, the first student speaker, is a Dallas native and an alumnus of Greenhill School.

These particular problems are much harder than the level normally discussed at math circles, but the strategies of problem solving can be very similar. Exposure to former Olympiad winners and coaches is a great inspiration to math circle participants.

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