Math Jams

Math Jams

Math Jams are free online discussions hosted by Art of Problem Solving for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Informational sessions about Art of Problem Solving classes.
  • Review of the AMC and AIME competitions.
  • Introductions to new topics in math and other areas of study.
  • Special events, such as our annual discussions with admissions officers and professors from outstanding universities such as MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, and Duke.

To attend a Math Jam, simply sign in to Art of Problem Solving just before the Math Jam begins, and click on the Classroom bar that will appear on the screen. The Math Jam classroom will open 10 minutes before the Math Jam begins. (See Classroom System Requirements)

Our Math Jams are held in the same online classroom as our online courses. Click here to read more about how our online classroom works.

Participants in Math Jams must be signed in as Art of Problem Solving Community members to access the Math Jams. . The Math Jams and Community membership are free.

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Rabbits, Dynamics, and Chaos

Instructor: AoPS Staff
Difficulty Level: 3* (Introductory math)
September 24th (Thursday)
7:30 pm ET

How do mathematicians go about modeling the real world? In this Math Jam, we'll explore some basic models of population growth, using rabbits as our inspiration. We'll also see how a simple model launches us into a wildly unpredictable world, then learn how a mathematician defines chaos.

MIT Math Jam

Instructor: Chris Peterson
Difficulty Level: 0* (No math)
October 8th (Thursday)
7:30 pm ET

Chris Peterson, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at MIT, will discuss life at MIT and the admissions process. He will be accompanied by Evan Chen, an MIT math alumnus from the class of 2018 and a coach of the USA International Math Olympiad team.

USAMTS Round 1 Math Jam

Instructor: Brian Edwards
Difficulty Level: 6* (Intermediate math)
October 22nd (Thursday)
7:30 pm ET

USAMTS staff discuss the problems from round 1 of the USAMTS. Round 1 is available from September 10th through October 19th. Round 2 of USAMTS will be available on October 23rd.

* Difficulty Ratings

0 No Math. Appropriate for all audiences.
1-3 Beginning Problem Solvers. Middle School, Algebra, Geometry, MATHCOUNTS, AMC 8
4-6 Intermediate Problem Solvers. AMC10, AMC 12
7-10 Advanced Problem Solvers. AIME, USAMO
Click here for previous MATH JAMS transcripts.
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