AoPS Update: Math Competitions, Summer Classes, Love for Precalculus, and more

April 8, 2019

News from Math Competition Land

The MAA announced the qualifiers for the invitation-only USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) and USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO) and posted cutoff indexes last week. Students who scored above the cutoff who were not listed as qualifiers should contact to see if there was an error in matching their AIME score with their AMC 10 or AMC 12 score.

Those who qualified are now preparing for the USA(J)MO, which means they’ll have six proof-based questions to solve over two days, April 17–18. Student submissions will be graded based on how they approached the problem, clarity of reasoning, evidence of ingenuity, inventiveness, and general insight. Each student’s exam may be read by as many as four different graders, who will agree on a score between 0 and 7 for each question.

If that sounds like a lot of work, it is! But these problems can also be a lot of fun. So be sure to join us for a Math Jam on April 19, 2019, where we’ll solve some of the more interesting problems from the exams. And we’ll have Evan Chen, Assistant academic director for the Math Olympiad Summer Program, on hand to answer your trickiest problem-solving questions.
Additional contests and competitions happening in April include the CEMC Contests for grades 9–11 and the Canadian Team Mathematics Contests, the Purple Comet Math Meet, and the Math League 4th and 5th Grade contests.

Summer Math Camps Still Accepting 2019 Applications

What camps are AoPSers attending this year? We asked our community and they’ve shared their favorites with us! If you’re still looking for camps to apply to, or considering options, here are a few to check out:

AwesomeMath is a camp for bright middle and high school students who wish to hone their problem solving skills in particular and further their mathematics education in general. Their summer camp was the focus of a recent math jam! Curious? Locations and dates here.

AlphaStar Academy was recommended as a place for students to receive olympiad-level preparation with instruction from IMO gold medalists. You can learn more about the camps offered (there’s multiple!) here.

MathILy – an intensive residential summer program for mathematically excellent secondary students. There’s several variations, and AoPS Instructor dr. sarah-marie belcastro is also the director! This math camp was also discussed in a recent math jam. You can learn more about the camps on the MathILy website.

HCSSiM is the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, a demanding, 6 week summer camp in college-level mathematics for high school students. There’s no official deadline for student applications, but it’s suggested to apply early.

SPARC is the Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition, and prides itself on helping talented high school students apply their quantitative thinking skills to their lives and the world. It’s still accepting applications, and you can learn more about it on their site.

Epsilon Camp 2019 is for students of ages 7 – 11, making it one of the few camps on this list perfect for the younger students who’d enjoy a mathematical challenge this summer. Learn more about the camp and apply here.

Summer Academy Classes Now Enrolling

Do you live near an AoPS Academy—or will you be in the area this summer? We’re offering one or more sessions of summer camps, at the following AoPS Academy campuses this summer:

Bellevue, WA

Gaithersburg, MD

Morrisville, NC

Princeton, NJ

San Diego, CA

Vienna, VA.

These two-week courses are seriously cool. They include options like cryptography for fifth graders and mock trial (like lawyers and court!) for sixth graders, plus courses in contest math for middle schoolers, book clubs for elementary schoolers, and both academic and creative writing.

Summer courses/camps are half-day sessions, taking place in the morning or afternoon. They can be a great way to try out the local AoPS Academy setting before enrolling in academic year courses.

Supplies for summer 2019 elementary school book club, one of our language arts classes

Why aren’t there summer classes at the newest AoPS Academies, you ask? Because we’re not done building those locations out yet—but never fear, they should be ready in time for the 2019–2020 Academic Year.

We’re Number One!

Ezvid Wiki went through the top 10 precalculus textbooks on Amazon and named Art of Problem Solving’s Precalculus as the very best of the best. Which you probably already knew, too, if you’ve used it—but hey, who doesn’t like external validation?

Classes Starting in the Next Two Weeks:

Prealgebra 1, Mondays (April 8–July 29)

Intro to Geometry, Mondays (April 8–September 30)

Precalculus, Tuesdays (April 16–September 10)

Introduction to Programming with Python, Tuesdays (April 16–June 2)

New at AoPS

Besides our USA(J)MO Math Jam, we’ve added one more Math Jam to our schedule for April! On Wednesday, April 10, we’ll be hosting a Math Jam about Research Experiences for Undergraduates, or REUs. dr. sarah-marie belcastro, who’s the Principal Investigator on the NSF MathILy-EST REU grant, will join us to talk about her new program and answer students’ questions about REUs in general.

Thousands of math teachers from all over the US came to San Diego last week for the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). We got to hang out with a bunch of these cool folks throughout the event. And even better—AoPS got to co-sponsor the 10th Annual MATHCOUNTS Math Appreciation Event. What’s better than chatting with passionate MATHCOUNTS coaches about our shared love of middle school competition math?

Beast Academy Online recently added the Theater building, where there are videos to complement the topics taught throughout Beast Academy

Have you noticed anything different in Beast Academy Online lately? We recently added videos, and we’d love to hear what you think. We’ll have more details about how the Beast Academy Theater works in a formal announcement coming soon!

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