Monday, October 27, 2014

BARD MATH CIRCLE TO HOST AMERICAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION AND TALK ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

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BARD MATH CIRCLE TO HOST AMERICAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION AND TALK ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Tuesday, November 18, the Bard Math Circle will host the middle-school-level American Mathematics Competition (AMC 8) exam. In its third year at Bard, this 25-question, 40-minute exam contains engaging math problems that are challenging at the middle-school level, and is intended to inspire, promote enthusiasm, and foster a healthy attitude toward mathematics. Students will be exposed to the richness of middle-school-level mathematics at a deeper level than is ordinarily encountered in the schools. The contest, followed by a talk, takes place from 4–7 p.m. in the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center. The competition is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the competition and weekly prep sessions visit http://tinyurl.com/2014BardAMC8 .

In 2013 more than 150,000 students from more than 2,300 schools participated in the AMC 8 contest, including 83 students from 31 schools who took the exam at Bard. AMC 8, first offered in 1985, is an annual project sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. The Bard Math Circle is also offering weekly prep sessions every Saturday until the exam to help students develop problem-solving strategies and expose them to math that they will encounter on the test. After the math contest, Japheth Wood, assistant professor of mathematics Master of Arts in Teaching Program, will present a talk on the mathematical theory of games.

For more information about the AMC competitions, please visit amc.maa.org. To learn more about the AMC 8 at Bard, contact Japheth Wood, jwood@bard.edu, or the Math Circle at bardmathcircle@gmail.com.
The Bard Math Circle, organized by students and faculty at Bard College, is a mathematical enrichment program geared toward middle school and upper elementary students. The Bard Math Circle brings puzzles and games and runs hands-on workshops in local libraries and schools to help students strengthen their critical thinking skills, and to make math more fun. The Bard Math Circle also runs a competition program, and a summer academic math program. Learn more about our programs at bardmathcircle.org.

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(10/24/14)