Carol Knight
Math Supervisor
(703) 791  8849
email:
knightcj@pwcs.edu 
Math and Computer Competitions
American
Math Competitions AMC (8), AMC (10), AMC (12)
The competition uses a multiple choice test and is administered
nationwide. The problems on these tests are interesting and challenging,
stretching students beyond the normal curricular material. The AMC (8),
a contest for students in grades eight and below, takes place in
November. (This test corresponds to the former AJHSME.) The AMC (10) is for
students in grades ten and below, and AMC (12)
is for students in grade twelve and below. The test will be
offered in February. (The AMC (12) corresponds to the former AHSME.)
There is a minimum group size to register for these tests.
For more information, to register or to obtain copies of tests from
previous years, contact:
Titu
Andreescu, Executive Director
American
Mathematics Competitions
American Regions Mathematics
League
The American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) is an annual national
mathematics competition. High school students form teams of 15 to
represent their city, state, county or school and compete against the
best students from the United States and Canada.
Virginia Mathematics League
Math League contests are available for grades 4 through High School. Challenging,
interesting problems make learning math fun! Most Prince William
County Schools participate in this contest.
Johns Hopkins
University High School Math Tournament
Conceived in 1998 by Chirag B. Patel and then President Nehal Munshil, the JHU
High School Math Tournament has become one of the largest math competitions for
high school students on the Eastern Coast of the USA. The tournament draws (on
average) 200 high school participants.
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High
School Mathematical Contest in Modeling
The purpose of The High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling is to offer
students students the opportunity to compete in a team setting using mathematics
to present solutions to realworld modeling problems.
The Mandelbrot Competition
This contest is open to high school students who have a fair amount of
experience with at least algebra and geometry and enjoy working on challenging,
unusual math problems. Here's how the Mandelbrot Competition works: Each of the
four rounds consists of individual problems and team problems on two levels:
"Division A" (students with lots of problem solving experience) and
"Division B" (everybody else). The individual problem set has seven
problems of varying degrees of difficulty; the more difficult problems are worth
more points. The team competition generally is one problem with multiple parts.
Any number of students may participate in the individual competition, but each
competing school or group may only enter one team of up to four members at each
level for the team competition. However, the team does not have to consist of
the same people every round, so there are lots of opportunities for students to
be on the team for one round or another. Also, the topic for the team problem in
each round is announced in advance, so students can prepare themselves. This is
the way the contest is scored: the individual scores for the top four students
in each division are added to four times the team score, for a school score in
each division. Individuals are also ranked, in each round and overall. Top
individuals and teams are recognized in the newsletters that are sent out after
each round, and there are some prizes for the top couple of teams and
individuals.
The contest organizers also publish two excellent handbooks on problemsolving, The
Art of Problem Solving Volume I: The Basics, and The Art of Problem
Solving Volume II: and Beyond. Complete solutions manuals are also
available.
For more information about the contest take a look at their very comprehensive website,
or contact:
Greater Testing Concepts
P.O. Box 380789
Cambridge, MA 022380789
To order the The Art of Problem Solving books, contact: Mu
Alpha Thet
MATHCOUNTS
This is a mathematics problemsolving competition for 7th and 8th graders.
Schools generally have coaching sessions throughout the fall to prepare students
for this competition. To this end, the MATHCOUNTS Foundation each year prepares
a handbook including a description of and rules for the competition,
problemsolving strategies and 300 problems of various types to be used for
practice. Each participating school chooses a team of four students along with
one or two alternates to compete at the Chapter competitions which are held on a
Saturday in February. The MATHCOUNTS program has reached many students
whose math problemsolving skills and enjoyment of mathematics were greatly
enhanced during their year or two years of participation in training sessions
and competitions.
MATHCOUNTS materials from past years can be obtained from Sports Awardscall
(800)6215803 and ask for the MATHCOUNTS Coaching Materials Catalog and
Order Form. Copies of competitions back to 1983 and handbooks for each
year are available. Answers and a few selected solutions are included in each
handbook, and complete solutions manuals are available separately for some of
the more recent handbooks.
International Mathematical Olympiad
The aims of the International Mathematical Olympiad are: to discover,
encourage and challenge mathematically gifted young people in all countries;
to foster friendly relations between mathematicians of all countries; to
create an opportunity for the exchange of information on school mathematics
syllabi and practice in mathematics education throughout the world. To
achieve these aims, an international contest for secondary students in
solving mathematical problems is held each year.
Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary
and Middle Schools :
This is a contest for students in grades 48, and it is, like MATHCOUNTS, a
problemsolving contest. There are two parallel contests for grade 46 and
grades 68, and these take place in five parts, one each month from November
through March. The school or math club hosting the contest decides when and
where to hold each of the five sessions. Each of the sessions consists of five
problems that are worked individually, and individual scores are added for a
team score. Individuals and teams are eligible to win awards and certificates.
MOES also publishes two books that are very helpful for problem solving: Creative
Problem Solving in School Mathematics and Mathematical Olympiad Contest
Problems for Children, both by Dr. George Lenchner. Both books include past
years' competitions and complete solutions. For information about the contest
and/or the books, contact: Mathematical
Olympiads for Elementary Schools
The International
Mathematics Tournament of Towns
This is a math competition that comes from Russia. Students from all over the
world participate in this contest. It is offered twice a year, in the spring and
the fall. Any student is eligible to participate. There are two levels of
competition, beginning and advanced; they each consists of six or seven
problems, and students are allowed up to five hours to work on them. They are
not short answer problems, but require written explanation and proof. The best
three solutions from each student's work are evaluated and graded, and students
are awarded certificates (written in Russian!) for high scores.
The USA
Computing Olympiad
The USACO is an international computer programming/problemsolving competition
designed for students with experience in programming in Pascal or C/C++. Schools
as well individual students may compete. There are several separate contests
throughout the year, beginning in autumn. Results of the earlier contests
qualify students for the later rounds in the spring. Complete information and
schedules for this competition as well as copies of past years' competitions can
be found at their website.
The USA
Mathematical Talent Search
The USAMTS was established by Professor George Berzsenyi in 1989 to encourage
and assist the development of problem solving skills of talented high school
students. Participation in this webbased contest is free to all students, who
participate as individuals only. Students can begin participating at any time in
the school year.
The contest consists of four rounds, with each round featuring five
problems. Students write and submit solutions by "snail mail" to
at least two of the problems in each round; generally the deadline is about
a month after the problems are posted on the web. One of the outstanding
features of this competition is that student solutions to the USAMTS
problems are graded by mathematicians and comments are returned to the
students. The USAMTS stated goal is "to help all students develop their
problem solving skills, improve their technical writing abilities, and
mature mathematically while having fun ... [and] foster not only insight,
ingenuity and creativity, but also the virtue of perseverance, which is
equally essential in scientific endeavors.
Points are awarded on a scale of 05 for each problem, and are accumulated
through the four rounds. Recognition for high scorers is given during the
contest through the USAMTS newsletters, and at the end of each contest year
prizes are awarded.
World Federation of
National Mathematics Competitions
The World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions is an
organization of national mathematics competitions affiliated as a Special Interest Group
of the International Commission for Mathematical Instruction (ICMI).
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