Sunday, June 4, 2017

1st Day At The 2017 ARML Nationals


Song:  Ordinary World (Long Version)

Group:  Duran Duran




The first day of the math competition.
We had just talked with the team founder at the registration desk...
and we headed up to the team dorms to wait there until just before the contest.




The team going into the testing area.

Each team had their own classroom for their testing...
and was proctored by another team's coach or a parent from another team.




The team members discussing tactics.

Once inside the room...
they would receive the team problems...
and they would assign or pick out the problems which the individuals
thought was his or her strengths.

They would also double check answers with each other to ensure
the team as a whole had answered all they could.



The team just before starting.




The team after they had finished.


The team had two tests.
First came the Team Round which demanded answers to problems...
and they then had the Power Round...
which is where they had to write mathematical proofs.


They then went to the Ballroom for a fun Super Relay math contest.




This is also where they would be the next morning for the Individual and team relay contest.


This is a listing of the teams which were competing.

At Las Vegas...
all of the Western US and the countries of the Pacific had competed.

There were three other locations in the US which tested at about the same time.

On the East Coast...
they got the European teams.

But...
believe me...
the toughest teams compete here in Las Vegas.

The most consistent winners from the US are from the West Coast...
and the most consistent International winners are from the Pacific Nations.



Alex and I departed a little after 10:30 PM.

There was a fun round which we stayed for...
especially since the host of it had seen me taking a lot of photos...
and had asked me to take pictures of his contest...
and to email them to him.

He was from another mathematical organization...
and they had given away over $3,000 in prizes in his contest.


We went back to our hotel room...
and as most nearby restaurants were closed...
we had gotten some sandwiches at the hotel...
and had a late night supper.

We would have to wake up fairly early the next morning...
as the next phase of the contest would begin at 9 AM.

The next day at the Individual Round was a big day for Alex.

More on this...in the next article.











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