Monday, April 29, 2013

Preparations for NNVMath Club's ARML Competition



Song:  Santorini

Artist:  Yanni



The founder of
The Northern Nevada Regional Math Club
is introducing the problem solving tactics class instructor.

He went over efficient modes of problem set up, and solving... 
using a logical thought process.



This is the parent's lounge area.

Today, the parents were signing travel and competition waivers...
 as well as press releases...
in preparation for the ARML competition in Las Vegas next month.


The instructor (on the right) is having one of the High School students
explain how he had solved one of the problems.




The problems in most math competitions are not mere calculation problems.
They involve real life word problems in which the competitors must think logically
in order to even know where to start in problem set up.

They must explain the plausible assumptions on which they base
their further calculations, the reasons for determining their probability calculations...
and their explanations of their logical thought process in arriving at their answers... 
in prose, as well as in mathematical notation.

The instructor used to judge various math competitions and he explained
what the judges look for...and highly value, in the team's answers.

This was a highly valuable, and productive, session for the club.

Alex had said he had learned a lot from this class.

This Saturday...
Alex is going to be taking another official SAT at one of the local High Schools.

Then on the next day (Sunday)...
Alex's math club is going to have a full mock competition (4 hours)...
to ensure the team functions well in problem distribution and performance 
under official time constraints and conditions...
as well as giving each team member a feel 
for what is in store for them during real competition without her leadership
 (only the children will be in their competition rooms...along with their proctors).

Even though Alex's finals are upcoming...
as he always studies everyday...
he just needs to review...
and not cram...
and so, he may concentrate on his SAT and the ARML.



After his math club session...
we went to a new Casino...
The Grand Sierra.


We ate at an Asian restaurant...
called - Rim 
(I would assume as a shortened name for Pacific Rim).

Alex had a Chinese dish of sweet and sour chicken.
He thought it was very good.


I had Thai soup (Tom Sum Goong)
and Korean short ribs (Kalbi).

The meat was tender and good overall...
however, the spices were tamed for American tastes...
especially in the assorted accompaniments.


As I have spent a total of 3 months in Korea...
and I have eaten truly delicious Korean food...
I am a hard customer to please.

Yes...
I have talked with many an Asian Restaurant owner or manager
about how they can improve their restaurant 
(especially the Korean and Japanese ones)
and no...
I don't think any of them actually headed my advice  :)

Anyway...
Alex really loved his Mango Parfait.



Well...
this talk of food, and the sometimes subsequent disappointment...
has given me an idea for my next article:

Justifiable Confrontation:  A Matter of Mental Health

I will illustrate this concept through various real life (mine)
examples of justifiable confrontations I have had...
and have not had (and the reasons behind them)...
in not only restaurants...
but in other instances.

It applies to children...
and I will make an argument for its necessity 
for a happy and healthful outlook in life.






2 comments:

  1. Some interesting tests coming up. I'm sure Alex will do very well, as he has prepared well.

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  2. Alex is excited to take them. He knows he will show improvement...and he can hardly wait to see the results.

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