• Math Club InformationMath Day at the Beach - 2008

    The first meeting of the Math Club will be Wednesday, September  10th in room 301 during  lunch.  We will be discussing the math honor society, election of officers, and upcoming competitions.  
    The following information is from Dr. Kent Merryfield:

    Welcome to another year of the Southern California ARML Team and Long Beach Math Circle.

    Our meetings for Fall 2008 will be on the following dates:

    Saturday, Sept. 13

    Saturday, Oct. 11

    Saturday, Nov. 8

    Saturday, Dec. 13

    All meetings will last from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be in (or

    near) room 345 of building LA5 on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. You can find a map of the CSULB campus here:

    http://daf.csulb.edu/maps/img/maps/2007.gif. Please allow sufficient time for parking, and note that you will not be allowed to park in parking lot 5, which is the one closest to the building. Building LA5 is on "upper campus" along West Campus Drive fairly near to 7th street.

    Two important dates for 2008-2009:

    CSULB Math Day at the Beach will be on Saturday, March 14, 2009.

    ARML (our end-of-year target) will be on Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, 2009.

    The Southern California ARML Team and Long Beach Math circle provides a place for students with an intense interest in mathematics from across all of Southern California to meet and share ideas. The emphasis will be on the kind of mathematical problem solving that is featured in various competitions, including ARML itself and including the AMC exams. We will participate, as a group, in the ARML Power Contest; we will do the first round of that contest on Saturday, Nov. 13.

    Prospective participants should register at the on-line forum at

    www.artofproblemsolving.com, and then send me a message containing your user name. I will give you access to the Southern California ARML forum, where a considerable amount of information about our activities can be found.

    I do ask that for each meeting, some family or some school math club offer to bring snacks. Are there any volunteers for the first few meetings? Send me a message.

    A few other notices for SoCal secondary school mathletes:

    1. Mail-in proof contests:

    Proofs are the language of mathematics. Proofs are the way mathematicians communicate. And some contests require proofs: the ARML Power Contest, the ARML Power Round, the USAMO if you get that far. For all students participating in ARML practices, I highly recommend also participating in at least one mail-in proof contest - one in which you get a month to work the problems but must write up your answers with convincing proofs. (Note that "mail" may in fact mean electronic uplink.) The two contests I am aware of:

    USAMTS: see

    www.usamts.orgfor details. The first problem set is available now and is due on October 14.

    Pomona College Math Talent Search: see

    http://www.math.pomona.edu/talentsearch.htmlfor details. (I don't see the

    2008-2009 problems or dates posted yet.) The Pomona College contest allows an option for working as a team, or you may participate as an individual.

    (USAMTS is strictly individual.)

    2. Calculators:

    As of 2008, calculators are not allowed on the AMC 10 and AMC 12. As of 2008, calculators are not allowed at Math Day at the Beach. As of 2009,.

    calculators will not be allowed at ARML. So let's just get used to working without them. Consider leaving your calculator at home when you come to ARML practices.

    3. Smaller periodic contests:

    There are several: California Math League, Mandelbrot, ASMA, probably some others that I haven't listed. These are good for the meetings of a math club or math team at your school. If your school already participates, that's good. If not, you might want to look into these.