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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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.

NOVID: Using Math to fight COVID

Instructor: Po-Shen Loh
Difficulty Level: 1* (Introductory math)
October 26th (Monday)
7:30 pm ET

COVID ruined 2020, but math can help! Do you want to help to bring your part of the world back towards normalcy? Math teams around the country are helping to develop a completely new approach to contact tracing to help make school reopening safer, using graph theory. Po-Shen Loh will talk about the NOVID app, which acts like a "COVID radar." For each positive case, instead of just asking the direct contacts to quarantine, NOVID tells everyone how many relationships away the case was (so "2" is a contact of a contact). This lets people actively avoid getting sick. This session will be an Ask-Me-Anything style interactive discussion about how this math-powered system works, so that interested students can have the understanding to bring this innovation to their communities.

MATHCOUNTS Practice Competition #1 Discussion

Instructor: AoPS Staff
Difficulty Level: 3* (Introductory math)
October 30th (Friday)
6:30 pm ET

AoPS instructors will discuss problems from MATHCOUNTS Practice Competition #1, available to registered students on the AoPS Contest Platform. All are welcome!

Amherst College Info Session

Instructor: Matt McGann
Difficulty Level: 0* (No math)
November 5th (Thursday)
7:30 pm ET

Matt McGann, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Amherst College, and Nathan Pflueger, math professor at Amherst College, will host an info session exploring both Amherst College specifically and liberal arts colleges generally. Topics include opportunities in math, the admission process, and financial aid for both US and international students.

The Spirit of Ramanujan

Instructor: Dave Patrick
Difficulty Level: 3* (Introductory math)
November 10th (Tuesday)
7:30 pm ET

AoPS instructor David Patrick will discuss the Spirit of Ramanujan Talent Initiative. We will discuss Ramanujan's life and some of the mathematics that he produced, and we will discuss the SoR program and how to apply. AoPS is a partner of SoR in 2020-21. We will be joined by Professor Ken Ono of the University of Virginia, who is the Director of the SoR program and was an associate producer and mathematical consultant for The Man Who Knew Infinity, a feature film about Ramanujan starring Dev Patel.

2020 AMC 8 Discussion

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

AoPS instructors will discuss problems from the 2020 AMC 8 contest, administered November 10-16, 2020.

MATHCOUNTS Practice Competition #2 Discussion

Instructor: AoPS Staff
Difficulty Level: 3* (Introductory math)
December 1st (Tuesday)
6:30 pm ET

AoPS instructors will discuss problems from MATHCOUNTS Practice Competition #1, available to registered students on the AoPS Contest Platform. All are welcome!

MATHCOUNTS Practice Competition #3 Discussion

Instructor: AoPS Staff
Difficulty Level: 3* (Introductory math)
January 5th (Tuesday)
6:30 pm ET

AoPS instructors will discuss problems from MATHCOUNTS Practice Competition #3, available to registered students on the AoPS Contest Platform. All are welcome!

MATHCOUNTS Practice Competition #4 Discussion

Instructor: AoPS Staff
Difficulty Level: 3* (Introductory math)
January 26th (Tuesday)
6:30 pm ET

AoPS instructors will discuss problems from MATHCOUNTS Practice Competition #4, available to registered students on the AoPS Contest Platform. All are welcome!

* 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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