Monday, March 23, 2015

A Typical Math Circle Day For Alex



Song:  Most Beautiful Splendor

Artist:  Parijat


Every Sunday...
for 2 hours...
The NNV Math Club meets in this room.

Although Sherry Griffin 
(the leader of NNV Math Club)...
usually conducts most of the lessons...
often times, the young man standing at the front of the class in the below photo...
will teach a class for the day.

He will teach an important concept and will thoroughly cover it for the whole 2 hours.

Although he is only an 11th grader...
he had gone to the Mathcounts Nationals 3 years ago...
he is the most highly advanced in math at the math circle...
and he is highly mature.

He teaches his classes with efficiency, effectiveness, and patience.

After illustrating each principle...
he would attempt to get feedback from the class
to ensure each had an understanding of the principle or concept...before moving on.

Sherry Griffin had to attend to a personal emergency...
so I had agreed to chaperone last Sunday's math circle.

I was not needed there...
however, just for liability reasons because all in the math circle are minors...
I was there.

All I had done was sit in the corner
(an appropriate place...as I was the dunce of the class  :)...
as I watched this young man lead his class to understanding.



The lesson of the day was...
Inclusion / Exclusion.




The calculation of the math is the easy part.
It is in the understanding of the logic behind the problem...
of how to ask the correct questions in order to solve and prove the problems
that is all important.

The young teacher of the day had used Venn Diagrams early on...
and very simple problems to help illustrate the main principles involved.


As the ARML Chapter competition is coming soon
(it will be held at UNR this year)...
each student will be competing for a spot on the team going to 
the ARML Nationals in Las Vegas later this year.

Alex always learns much at his Sunday math circle.

Alex wants to become listed this year at the ARML Nationals
(score high enough in the individual rounds).

Prestigious universities will often ask applicants for their individual ARML scores...
when students apply for admission.

Math Circles are such a great way for advanced students of math
to get advanced training in competition math.

The Math Circle (NNV Math Club) is free...
the young mathematicians get high quality training in a nice learning environment...
they get to compete in many math competitions...
and they have a great time with each other while discussing one of their favorite subjects...
Math.









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