Monday, May 5, 2014

Mathcounts Explained / The Final 224



Song:  In This Place

Group:  Robin Trower


In just over two days time...
Alex, his Mother, and I, will be flying to Florida for the
Mathcounts Nationals.



This will be my last article for a week...
 as we won't be back from Orlando, Florida
until the 11th of May.


For those of you whom are unfamiliar with Mathcounts:






Some of the 2014 State Mathcounts Sprint Round test questions:
(For the Sprint and Countdown rounds...
no calculators are allowed).

Now...
you also must remember...
in ALL of the Mathcounts test questions...
they are timed, and...
the answers must be self generated.

Mathcounts is NOT a multiple choice test.







(again, in the Sprint Round (Of which the above questions were a sampling)...
no calculators are allowed)



Below is a sampling of the 2014 State Mathcounts Team Round:







Below is a sampling of the 2014 State Mathcounts Target round:






Below is a sampling of the 2014 State Mathcounts Coundown Round
(no calculators allowed...45 seconds per question...head to head competition...
at a speed of which is sometimes measured in just a few seconds...
and often times these quick calculations are conducted in the head)  :








In this...
the final round (Countdown Round - no calculators)...
each of the two competitors are given a piece of scratch paper...
a pencil, and a buzzer.

In true game show style...
the first one to come up with the correct answer within 45 seconds...wins a point.

Should he not get it...
his competitor gets a shot at it.


These were a sampling of the actual questions 
from the 2014 State Mathcounts competition.

At each level...
the questions get more difficult.

Of course...
this means that the Nationals are going to be the most difficult.

Alex is so looking forward to this competition.

He will enter the Battle Circle 
of the greatest Middle School Math Tournament in the U.S. 
as he competes against the other final 223 Intellectual Warriors left standing...
after heavy attrition took its toll on the initial 140,000 warriors poised for battle...
the ones of past battles of the...
 School competitions...
Chapter Competitions...
and the State Competitions.

Alex now stands on the cusp of the eve of the final battle...
the 2014 Mathcounts Nationals...
where he will stand side by side his fellow 223 mathematical brothers and sisters...
all of whom are hungry for victory...
yet, all of whom stand with great respect for each other...
and all of whom will meet in battle...
Champion against Champion...
in this place...
where mind shall meet mind...
and where each shall discover a greater respect...
for himself.



P.S. - Alex shall also be competiting in the ARML Nationals in about a month.

We are still awaiting word from the Dean of Mathematics at 
the University of Nevada Reno to see if he will allow Alex
 to attend this Summer's session on Campus.












4 comments:

  1. How exciting for Alex to be going up against the best of the best. Hope you all are enjoying the trip. I look forward to reading all about it.

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  2. We are at the Disney World hotel now. The room has free WiFi but I had only brought my iPad. We have seen many famous Mathematicians here already. Alex is roomed with one of his teammates, so it will be a maturing experience for him. Tomorrow is the official registration. I should get a full schedule of activities then.

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  3. That is my nephew! Wonderful job you did Alex!

    Love, Aunt Mary

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  4. We are very proud of Alex. This is just a preliminary step to larger things. He has a very bright future ahead of him.

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