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American Math Competition for high school students held at campus

High school students take AMC examination.
Students from high schools in western Pennsylvania answer questions on the American Mathematics Competition examination that was held in the Forum Theatre at Penn State New Kensington.
2/25/2013 —



Penn State New Kensington was the host site Feb. 20 for the American Mathematics Competition in the campus' Forum Theatre.

More than 85 students from high schools in the western Pennsylvania region, including Apollo Ridge, Burrell, Kiski Area, and Valley — took the 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice examination in secondary school mathematics. The problems are solved with pre-calculus concepts.

Ge Mu, instructor in mathematics at the campus, organized the event, and administered the test. Mu, who joined the campus faculty in the fall, delivered the keynote address.

AMC 12 and AMC 10 are administered annually to more than 200,000 high school students to help identify the students with truly exceptional mathematics talent. The main purpose of the competitions is to spur interest in mathematics and to develop talent through solving challenging problems in a timed multiple-choice format. The AMC 10 is restricted to students in grades 10 and below, while the AMC 12 is open to all students through grade 12.

The AMC 12 is one in a series of examinations, followed in the United States by the American Invitational Examination and the USA Mathematical Olympiad, that culminate in participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the most prestigious and difficult secondary mathematics examination in the world. Students who are among the very best receive indication of how they stand relative to other students in the country and around the globe.

In addition to organizing national contests, Mu is the director of the Mathematics League, an annual academic competition among the eight local high schools. Sponsored by the StrongLand Chamber of Commerce and held on the New Kensington campus, the league puts the students' math skills to the test by giving them the opportunity to go head-to-head with each other. The questions in algebra, geometry and other areas of mathematics are developed by Mu.

The Kiski School will defend its Math League title for the third consecutive year on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the campus’ Forum Theatre. The college preparatory boarding school in Saltsburg, Pa, takes a commanding lead into the final round after earning 49 points in the opening round, 11 points clear of second-place Kiski Area High School with 38 points.

For more information, conatct Mu, gxm929@psu.edu via email.


For more on AMC, visit http://www.unl.edu/amc/

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