Saturday, March 2, 2013

Alex's AMC 10 Results (Achievement Roll)



AMC10 typical word problem

Demonstrator:  Richard Rusczyk from Art of Problem Solving is solving
a problem from this year's AMC 10 competition
(Alex regularly studies from the Art of Problem Solving - Alcumus).

He goes through the thought process involved in solving this problem.


The AMC series of competitions does not allow calculators.



Alex just got his results back from the AMC 10 math competition.

It is a competition in which mathematically advanced children up to...
 and including, 10th graders, compete on a nation wide scale.

Alex did well for his first time.

As Alex is only a 7th grader...
he still has 3 more years in which he may compete in this contest.

He made the Achievement Roll (his score was in the top 6%)...
which is one step removed from the Honor Roll 
(Alex had made Honor Roll for AMC 8).

A notice from AMC:

”The AMC 10 is significantly more difficult than the AMC 8.
Teachers should evaluate the maturity of a specific student
before suggesting participation. ”


Below are some of the problems from a 2011 AMC 10 B contest.

These are the same type of problems that Alex was presented with.

Things to keep in mind...

No calculators...
  A child has but an average of 2-3 minutes to spend on each problem.













We have just received Alex's Ski Boards (I just love Amazon :).

I shall soon be teaching Alex how to ski.

We shall also be shopping for fishing gear and for Mountain Bikes 
(Alex is looking forward to catching Trout and Salmon in the nearby lakes...
and Mountain Biking in preparation for our Mammoth Mountain ride).

I am also slowly amassing hiking gear 
for the many great hiking trails in the Sierra Nevadas...
 for Alex, and I, to explore.


In just one week...
Alex competes in the State Finals of MATHCOUNTS.

His mother ensures his preparedness by having him practice...
a little each day, the typical problems encountered in this competition.




Alex's MATHCOUNTS shirt from the Regionals.


Last night, after eating out at Alex's favorite Mexican restaurant 
(he loves the pan fried fish there)...
Alex told me how much he loves life.

I told him that when you are living your life well...
life just keeps getting better as you go through it.

By always working toward your future...
you are constantly planting trees ahead of you
on the Positive Spiral of life
(to have properly planned your life is to be on a Positive Spiral).

As you walk onwards and upwards...
you are constantly being refreshed by the fruits of those trees of labors past.  

There is always something to look forward to...
always something to enjoy...
 and about which...
 a deep sense of pride is felt.

On a Positive Spiral...
the further up the road gone...
the greater the rewards received.

The higher up that spiral you go...
the greater the view of the conquered territory...
to reflect and reminisce upon...
which, in turn...
gives you the deep and immense satisfaction of a full and satiated life.

This is one of my favorite topics of discussion that I have with Alex.

Although he loves life now...
he has yet to realize how much greater life will become for him...
 as time goes on.

Alex is on that Positive Spiral...
and although he has tasted some of the fruits of his labors...
and he is constantly planting ever more trees up the spiral...
he will soon realize that the fruit just keeps getting sweeter...
and the rewards all the greater and ever coming...
as he continues his climb.

When he realizes this from experience...
life will take on its true depth and beauty.

The pure and hypnotic essence of translucent colors will become apparent...
the taste and feel of the very air... becomes delicious...
great symphonies will accompany him and reverberate in his soul...
 wherever and whenever he desires.

When life becomes ever expansive...
 and rich in love for everything in it...
that is when life becomes...
 the Grand Adventure.


Or, if you prefer...
(for those who would rather react to Negative Reinforcement)
as the saying goes...

"In the great conical helix of life
(as its rotation is driven by time)...
you either keep pace...
or you're....... :)"





2 comments:

  1. It is incredible that Alex can answer those questions at all at his age, let alone place in the top 6% among older competitors. (I don't know if I will be able to help my son when he gets to these types of problems).

    I look forward to reading about how Alex enjoys skiing.

    I love that he told you how much he loves life. You've done a great job of getting him on that positive spiral.

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  2. That one statement by him means more to me than his academic performance. His academic performance will be a vehicle in life to take him to higher goals. However, if his life is passionless...then it is better to have less money and more time to develop a passion in life.

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