Park University To Host Mathematics Competitions For High School Students

Park University invites Kansas City area high school students to the Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematics Competitions on Wednesday, Feb. 20, beginning at 10 a.m., on the University’s Parkville Campus. The contests are the first in the series that lead to the USA Team at the International Mathematical Olympiad.

The AMC 12, which covers high school mathematics, is for high school students under 19½ years old. The AMC 10 covers mathematics normally associated with ninth and 10th grades, and is for students under 17½ years old who are not enrolled in 11th or 12th grades or equivalent. Both contests will be given in a 75-minute interval, are 25 questions in length, with approximately 12 questions common to both contests. Following the exams, there will be a tour of Park’s campus, a short presentation by faculty in the Department of Computer Science, Information Systems and Mathematics, lunch and the awarding of certificates and prizes for the top scorers. The event will end at approximately 1:30 p.m. Parents of those competing are welcome to attend.

AMC 12 students who rank in the top 5 percent nationally will qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam. The AMC 10 students who rank in the top 2.5 percent nationally also will qualify for the AIME. The USA Mathematical Olympiad and the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad qualifiers are selected from the top performing students on the AIME.

Students can register for the competitions through their school or at www.park.edu/mathematics/amc.aspx by Wednesday, Feb. 6. A limited number of spots are available. Registrants will receive an e-mail confirmation and testing details. For more information, contact Samuel Chamberlin, assistant professor of mathematics at Park, at samuel.chamberlin@park.edu or (816) 584-6260.

For more than 60 years, the AMC math contests have been the most respected school-based competitions in the nation. The AMC works with teachers, mathematicians and professional organizations to provide high quality, challenging math problems aligned with curriculum standards. Many well-known colleges and universities request scores from the contests and use them for recruiting and admissions.

The American Mathematics Competitions at Park are sponsored by McRuer CPAs. Park is the only institution of higher learning hosting the exams in the Kansas City area.

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