On Tuesday, February 2, immediately following lunch period in room 208 will be taken over by the sound of scrathing pencils and clicking calculators for two whole periods as the MAA American Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC) is underway. Dedicated to the goal of strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our nation’s youth, the MAA AMC identifies, recognizes, and rewards excellence in mathematics through a series of national contests each year.
Chair of the Mathematics Department Ms. Stacy Povshko, extended an open invitation to participate in this contest to “anybody who wants to test their math ability and challenge themselves with extra curriculum problems” and 17 Upper School students took her up on the offer. Three college bound seniors, ten hardworking juniors, three self-starting sophomores and even a freshman will sit for the exam and test their mathematical mettle.
Two 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice tests in secondary school mathematics will be administered nationwide on that Tuesday, the AMC 10 containing problems which can be understood and solved with algebra and geometry concepts and the AMC 12 containing problems which can be understood and solved with pre-calculus concepts.
Though it might sound like a rather daunting task, it just so happens that all of the students interested in trying their hand at this challenge are in honors tracks taking Algebra II H, Geometry H, Pre-Calculus, Calculus H. To sum it up, we’re positive York can count on these young mathematicians to have zero problems logging an impressive amount of correct answers!