How to Prepare and Participate

AMC 8, 2011 November 15th, AMC 10 and AMC 12 of 2012, February 7th

Preparation may start with motivation. – If you enjoy challenging problems, the AMC competitions are for you. If you’d like to know how you perform compared to other students nationwide, join the AMC Competitions of the Mathematical Association of America.  You may not know your comparative standing unless they go out of Maine and see how the students in other states are performing. The comparative success matters to the nation at large. It matters to families, because it opens doors and creates opportunities. The educated technical force influences the prosperity of the nation and our safety. Far-reaching reasons such as these are why we try to persuade every school to start the  participation in the American mathematical Competitions.

AMC is the oldest and most prestigious mathematics competition in the United States. It started in 1950 and it is and has been the exclusive pathway for a student to advance to the USA Mathematical Olympiad.

The mission of the MAA's American Mathematics Competitions is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition. Teachers and schools benefit from the chance to challenge students with interesting mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty.

Preparation may start by looking at the problems and solutions of previous year problems.

The AMC 8 2010 Problems are at:

http://www.mmsets.org/pdfs/amc/2011_AMC_8-problems-1.pdf

For AMC 8 2010 Solutions:

http://www.mmsets.org/pdfs/amc/2010_AMC_8-solutions.pdf

The AMC 10  2011 Problems:

http://www.mmsets.org/pdfs/amc/2011_AMC_10A-problems.pdf

AMC 10  2011 Solutions:

http://www.mmsets.org/pdfs/amc/2011_AMC_10A-solutions.pdf

Finally, the AMC 12  2011 Problems:

http://www.mmsets.org/pdfs/amc/2011_AMC_12A-problems.pdf

And AMC 12  2011 Solutions find at:

http://www.mmsets.org/pdfs/amc/2011_AMC_12A-solutions.pdf

We offer courses to prepare students for AMC Competitions. This summer we have courses at UMO in Orono

For grades 5-7

http://www.mmsets.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54&Itemid=61

For grades 8-11

http://www.mmsets.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=40

Our courses at USM Portland

For grades 5-7

http://www.mmsets.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54&Itemid=61

For grades 8-11

http://www.mmsets.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=40

Each course is a short course in group problem solving, assist the students to develop a too; chest for problem solving. It is an effective way to begin the systematic practice through the weeks left until the date of the competition in November / February.

More problems, collection of previous years competitions are available in the publications recommended by AMC:

http://amc.maa.org/d-publication/publication.shtml

To participate: Students may participate in the competitions if their school is registered.  Otherwise, you may participate free of charge at any of the following college sites:

For AMC 8:

Students of age 8 through 14.5 may take AMC 8 at

 

  • Husson University  in Bangor in Peabody Hall room 340.  Arrive at 2:00 pm (no earlier) and we must start the test at 2:30 in order to be out of the classroom before the next class starts at 3:30. This classroom is on the third floor and is large, like a double classroom, holds about 70 people.
  • the University of Maine at Presque Isle in Presque Isle AMC 8 will be held at UMPI, 105 Folsom at 12:30 p.m.
  • the University of Southern Maine  in Portland – time and place announced later

 

AMC 8 at these locations is free of charge (the registration has been paid by

Husson University,  UMPI and USM).Students from  Maine Schools of grades 4-8 may come and take part in  the AMC Competition at either locations (whichever is closest). Home schooled students and students from private schools are all invited to participate.

Space is limited. If you have a student who’d benefit from participating, please

call or e-mail Eva Szillery at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 207 356 0207.

The American Mathematics Competitions 10 (AMC 10) and American Mathematics Competitions 12 (AMC 12) will be offered on February 7th, 2012

 

  • At Husson University in Bangor
  • At the University of Maine at Presque Isle in Presque Isle
  • At the University of Southern Maine  in Portland
  • At Bowdoin College in Brunswick
  • At Colby College in Waterville

 

AMC 10 and AMC 12 at these locations is free of charge (the registration paid by

Husson University,  UMPI ,  USM,  Bowdoin College and  Colby College.  Students from Maine Schools of grades 9-12 may come and take part in the AMC Competition at either locations (whichever is closest). Home schooled students and students from private schools are all invited to participate.

Space is limited. If you have a student who’d benefit from participating, please

call or e-mail Eva Szillery at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 207 356 0207.

We may allocate additional classrooms as interest in the Competition demands.