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And we’re off!

Alan Touring - Our hero! :)
Alan Turing – Our hero! 🙂

The Williston Math Team met for the first time this academic year on Tuesday, 9/20! We talked about the upcoming year, practiced NEML questions, watched the trailer for A Brilliant Young Mind and had a bunch of fun with math!

Here are the big takeaways:

I’ll be sharing lots of material through our team OneNote notebook. If you’ve been added to the notebook you’ll be able to access it right here.

This year the Math Team will meet on Green Mondays from 3 to 3:30pm in SH25. Anyone is welcome to attend any meeting! Our first regular meeting will take place this coming Monday, 9/26 at 3pm! See ya’ll there!

The New England Math League competitions will take place in SH25 on the following dates: 10/24, 11/15, 12/13, 1/16, 2/13, and 3/21. Anyone at ANY level of math can sit for the 30 minute competition. You may use a calculator. You must start taking the competition between 2:35 and 3:05pm.

The New England Math League competition for 7th and 8th graders will take place on either 2/21 or 2/28 in the Middle School. Anyone in 7th or 8th grade is welcome to compete.

The AMC 8 competition will take place on 11/15 in WB. Anyone in 7th or 8th grade can compete.

The AMC 10/12 competition will take place on 2/15/17 most likely in Plimpton. Anyone at any level of math is welcome to compete.

The HMMT competition will take place on 11/12/16 at Harvard. We will be bringing at least 2 teams of 6 students each to compete.

The Math Majors of America competition will take place in April at Yale. We will be bringing at least two teams of 6 students each to compete.

You can learn lots more about each competition right here.

16-17 Launch Meeting!

The first math team meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, 9/20 from 3 to 3:30pm in Schoolhouse 25. During the meeting we will be discussing:

  • On campus competition
  • Off campus competitions
  • Hosting our own competition
  • Visiting speakers
  • Off campus trips!

Anyone with ANY interest in math, with ANY background in math is encouraged to attend!

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1st Meeting 15-16!

The first Math Team meeting of the year was a huge success with 26 students in attendance from all grade levels. We worked on practice problems, talked about the year, and planned out our off-campus excursions. Anyone at any level of math is encouraged to join the team on green Tuesdays from 2:45 to 3:30 in Schoolhouse 25.

Our first competition of the year, the NEML #1, will occur on Tuesday, 10/20 from 2:35 to 3:30 in Schoolhouse 25. The competition lasts 30 minutes and you can use a calculator. You can begin any time between 2:35 and 3:05.

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The Math Team working on some practice problems!

11/3 Meeting

Despite having a limited amount of time due to the daylight savings-induced modified schedule, 17 students and I got through lots of fun Math Team work!

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We worked through four more NEML practice problems spanning all sorts of topics. You can view the problems (and answers) right here (PDF).

I encouraged everyone to work on the Math Talent Search problems and turn in work to me by Wednesday, morning, 11/5 at the absolute latest. (I have to submit the work online by 3pm that day.)

We talked about the upcoming events:
Tuesday, 11/11: NEML #2, 3 to 3:30pm in SH27
Saturday, 11/15: HMMT @ Harvard
Monday, 11/17: Math Team Meeting, 2:50 to 3:30pm in SH25
Tuesday, 11/18: AMC 8, 2:30 to 3:30pm in WB

Complete competition details can be found on the Competitions page.

There’s also still a little time to get in on the jersey order. $25 payments are due by the 11/17 team meeting. You can sign up for a jersey right here.

10/20 Meeting

We just had another fantastic meeting of the Math Team! 21 students attended spanning all six grades!

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At the meeting we discussed the first New England Math League competition (NEML1), went over the competition schedule, discussed the HMMT & PUMaC rosters, worked on practice problems, talked about team jerseys, our trip to NYC, and worked on lots of practice problems. Here are the main action items:

1) This is your last chance to fill out the HMMT & PUMaC info survey. I will be locking in our rosters at 3pm on 10/21. Don’t miss your chance to be considered for one (or both!) of these amazing competitions!

2) Please fill out the jersey info form by this Wednesday, 10/22 @ 6pm if you want to get a team jersey.

3) Keep on working on NEML, AMC, and HMMT practice problems! Lots of them are located in the Math Team OneNote notebook.

USAMTS-Logo4) The USA Math Talent Search is going on right now! Any MS or HS student can participate. You need to work on the problems by yourself and submit them to me (Mr. Seamon) by 11/4 so I can submit them online by 11/5. You can download the problems right here and learn more about the competition right here.

5) Our day trip to New York City is preliminarily scheduled for Saturday, 12/13. The plan is to leave around 7am, catch the train in New Haven to Grand Central, and then to spend the whole day in Manhattan where we’ll visit the Museum of Math and Google. More info coming soon.

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10/6 Meeting

We just had another fantastic meeting. 15 students attended, representing all grades at Williston. We worked on AMC math problems, talked about the upcoming first NEML competition (10/14!), and discussed the HMMT and PUMaC. Big take aways:

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1) All team members should let Mr. Seamon (jseamon@williston.com) know by this Friday, 10/10 if they are able to attend the HMMT (11/15) and/or PUMaC (11/22). Both events are all day. We’d leave campus early and get back late. It looks like we’ll have space for everyone who wants to compete.

2) The first NEML contest will be given on Tuesday, 10/14. The contest will begin at 3:00pm SHARP in Schoolhouse 27. You must be inside the room before 3:00pm. The contest will last 30 minutes.

9/30 Meeting

We just had a great third team meeting!

Important Dates
Important Dates

After going all of the important team dates, we  we divided into three groups to discuss ways to promote the math team, the HMMT competition, and the PUMaC competition.

We determined that just about everyone is interested in participating in both competitions. The good news is that I was able to submit applications for two teams for each competition and I had a roster spot for everyone! Don’t worry if you can’t 100% commit to a given competition right now. We’ll work out those details at our next meeting which will be held on Monday, 10/6 in Schoolhouse 25 from 2:50 to 3:30pm.

Meeting minutes were recorded in our Math Team OneNote notebook.

HMMT
HMMT

At this point all team members should be:
– On the Math Team Google Group (Email)
– Added to the Math Team OneNote notebook
– Added to the Math Team Veracross group

Anyone is welcome to join the Math Team at any time, regardless of age or mathematics level. Interested students should email me at jseamon@williston.com and fill out the short signup survey.

 

9/22 Meeting

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We just had a second great Math Team meeting! Here’s what we covered:

OneNote notebook setup: Every team member should have access to the Team shared notebook. If you haven’t received an email giving you access, please let me know.

We worked on some problems from the 2014 AMC 12B exam which proved to be really entertaining. They are phenomenal prep for all sorts of math competitions.

I went over the two on campus competitions we’ll be doing:  NEML and AMC 8/10/12. Those dates are set:

NEML 1 Oct 14, 2014
NEML 2 Nov 11, 2014
AMC 8 Nov 18, 2014
NEML 3 Dec 9, 2014
NEML 4 Jan 13, 2015
NEML 5 Feb 10, 2015
AMC 10/12 Feb 25, 2015
NEML 6 Mar 17, 2015

We talked about our first off campus non-competition trip. The plan is to take a day trip to Manhattan (train in from New Haven) and spend the day at the Museum of Math and make a visit to Google NYC. There is certainly sufficient interest in the trip. A set date is coming soon!

Our primary targets for off campus competitions are the HMMT (11/15) and the PUMaC (11/12). These are higher level competitions. We’ll be sending small teams (less than 10) to each event. Let me know ASAP if you’re interested in joining the team for either one or both of these competitions.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 9/30 from 3-3:30pm in Schoolhouse 25.