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What is ASMA ? ASMA contest is conducted by American Scholastic Mathematics Association (ASMA). This is 33rd year of the competition Creative mathematicians design each contest Contests and questions are challenging and sensitive to the level of ability of contemporary secondary school students. Model is unique, 6 chances in 6 months, Like a marathon, not a sprint Think about Indy race, same drivers, different dates, different terrain… ASMA ASMA is head quartered in NY Dr Richard Plass heads the organization as Chairperson ASMA kick start the academic competition season in US Very important exam series Last year 18900 students from all over the world took part in exam. Our students came 29 (two of them) in senior level and 37th in junior level ASMA Contest ASMA contest is a series of six contests. Each contest examination set consists of seven questions. At the end of the sixth examination, the totals for all schools are compared and an awards listing is sent to all schools with the appropriate award certificate. This contest provides students with an opportunity to compete internationally with other high-ability students across the world Contest Dates ASMA Senior/Junior – Six Contest (Dates can vary depending on school) Suggested dates in USA October 09, 2014 November 13, 2014 December 11, 2014 January 08, 2015 February 12, 2015 March 12, 2015 ASMA junior and senior Junior Contest Junior contest is for 9th and 10th graders. Student will get 35 minutes to answer the question. There will be 7 questions in each contest. Calculators may be used but not shared by students Senior Contest Senior contest is for 11th and 12th graders, format is same as that of Junior exam. Student will get 35 minutes to answer the question. There will be 7 questions in each contest. Calculators may be used but not shared by students TLUPS Resources Syllabus Previous question papers and answers Students handbook for Junior and senior separately Online resources TLUPS training Training will be provided by a local teacher. Students will have to review the course material before they attend this class Teacher will not go through the entire syllabus. These are review sessions Teacher will go through the past question paper and solutions Students will get help with topics they find difficult. Exam strategies Relax – this is a simple test Prepare – you have enough materials….prepare for few hours, solve past questions, ask doubts, we are available on email and on net Engage – collaborate, form study group, math club Art of problem solving – solve problem, not apply formula Think, enjoy Exam strategies Few strategies 1. Simplify the problem 2. Reflect on successes: Start with problems that are similar to the one you face, but even think about others that have nothing to do with your current problem. Think about the strategies you used to solve those problems, and you might stumble on the solution. 3. Ask for help 4. Start early Results The exam starts in October and ends in March. There will be one contest every month. Final marks will be the average of all six contest Difficulty level is different for each exam. Some exams can be easy and some hard. Certificates will be awarded after 6-8 weeks on completion of the exam. One sample Junior question One shepherd, Paul, said to another, Jason. “Give me eight sheep and we'll have an equal number.” Jason answered, “No, you give me eight sheep and then I will have twice as many as you.” How many sheep did each shepherd have? Sample question answer Let S = no of sheep Paul has and T = no of sheep Jason has From Paul's statement S+8 = T-8 or S = T-16 From Jason's statement (S-8) 2 = T + 8 Substituting (T-16-8) 2 = T + 8 2T – 48 = T + 8 T = 56 Then S = 40 Paul had 40 and Jason 56. Sample Senior contest question N years ago Alice was twice as old as Bill was then. If Bill is now 30 years old, how old is Alice in terms of N? Sample Senior question answer A – N= 2(B – N) B=30 A – N = 60-2N A=60-N Contest dates American Scholastic Math Association Senior/Junior – 6 Contest October 9, 2014 November 13, 2014 December 11, 2014 January 08, 2015 February 12, 2015 March 12, 2015 American Math Association AMC 8 - November 18th, 2014 (for 7 to 9th graders) AMC 10 – February 25th, 2015 (9th to 10th graders) AMC 12 – February 25th, 2015 (11th and 12th graders) University of Waterloo Euclid (Grade 12) - April 16th, 2015 Fermat(Grade 11) - February 26th, 2015 Hypatia (Gr. 11) - April 17th 2015 Harvard University and MIT Nov 15th no restrictions any one can write, online, three rounds