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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Doing Math Like a Physicist

Instructor: Mark Eichenlaub
Difficulty Level: 4* (Intermediate math)
May 11th (Tuesday)
7:30 pm ET

You'll use a lot of formulas in a physics class, but do you know where those formulas come from? In this math jam, we look at things like heating a pot of water, dangling monkeys from pulleys, the relationship between force and energy, and others. We'll either build the equations that describe these phenomena from scratch, or take those equations and break them down using tools in the physicist's toolbelt. Our goal: to better understand where the math behind physics comes from. No physics background is necessary for this math jam!

MATHCOUNTS National Competition Discussion

Instructor: AoPS Staff
Difficulty Level: 3* (Introductory math)
May 18th (Tuesday)
6:30 pm ET

AoPS instructors will discuss problems from the MATHCOUNTS National Competition available to registered students on the AoPS Contest Platform. All are welcome!

Mathcamp 2021 Qualifying Quiz

Instructor: MiraBernstein
Difficulty Level: 8* (Advanced math)
May 19th (Wednesday)
7:00 pm ET

Join the Canada/USA Mathcamp staff for this exciting Math Jam, where they discuss solutions to the 2021 Mathcamp Qualifying Quiz! Mathcamp is an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students. The Qualifying Quiz is the centerpiece of the Mathcamp application each year, and the problems are designed to be fun, challenging, and thought-provoking. We invite anybody who's interested to come to this event, whether you applied to Mathcamp this year or just want to talk about some cool problems with Mathcamp instructors. It'll be even more fun for you if you bring your own solutions so you can participate in the discussion during the Jam!

* 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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