**The American Mathematics Competition is coming to KMHS!**

**2016 Testing Information**

Kennesaw Mountain High School is proud to be offering the American Mathematics Competition (AMC 10/12A) on **Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 during 1st and 2nd periods**. This will likely be a Character Ed day, so you may not miss 2nd period at all. We are only offering AMC 10/12 A. If you qualify for advanced tests (AIME, USAMO, etc.), check out the calendar for these tests here: http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/about-amc/events-calendar. Your test administers will work out the times for these tests at KMHS as we know how many students to accommodate. Stay tuned to see if you qualify!

**Registration**

**Registration will go on through the first week of December. The cost is $5.00. You may register with Dr. Gammill (rm 607) or Ms. Kline (rm 603). **

**Email all questions Dr. Gammill at rebecca.gammill@cobbk12.org. **

**AMC FAQ**

**What is the AMC 10/12? **The AMC 10 is a 25 question, 75 minute multiple choice examination in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with algebra and geometry concepts. The AMC 12 is a 25 question, 75 minute multiple choice examination in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with pre-calculus concepts. Two different versions of the contests are given on two dates, about two weeks apart, in February. Each AMC 10 and the AMC 12 contest contain about 12 of the same math problems.

**Which test should you take? **We encourage all students in grades 8 – 10 to participate in the AMC 10 and students in grades 11 and 12 to participate in the AMC 12.

**What is the purpose of the AMC 10/12? **The main purpose of the AMC 10/12 is to spur interest in mathematics and to develop talent through the excitement of solving challenging problems in a timed multiple-choice format. The problems range from the very easy to the extremely difficult. Students who participate in the AMC 10/12 should find that most of the problems are challenging but within their grasp.

A special purpose of the AMC 10/12 is to help identify those few students with truly exceptional mathematics talent. Students who are among the very best deserve some indication of how they stand relative to other students in the *country* and around the *world*. The AMC 10/12 provides one such indication, and it is the first in a series of examinations. 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. In this way the very best young mathematicians are recognized, encouraged and developed. Another valuable comparison students can make is between their own level of achievement and their levels in previous years. In particular, they are encouraged to begin taking the contests early in their mathematics studies and to look back with pride each year on how they have learned to answer questions that they could not have answered previously.

**Can I win Intramural Awards? **Absolutely! A Certificate of Distinction is given to all students who qualify to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. An AMC 10 and AMC 12 Winner Pin is given to the student(s) in each school with the highest score. The top three students for each school section will receive respectively a gold, silver, or bronze Certificate for Outstanding Achievement. An AMC 10 and AMC 12 Honor Roll of Distinction Pin is given to the top 1% of all participating students. An AMC 12 Certificate of Achievement is given to high scoring students who are in 10th grade or below. An AMC 10 Certificate of Achievement is given to high scoring students who are in 8th grade or below.

**Here are some resources that were shared by MAA. **

There is widespread recognition of the need to improve mathematical achievement at all levels of education and the role that the MAA American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) ( http://www.maa.org/math-competitions ) can play in pre-college mathematics instruction.

To that end, MAA Mathematician-at-Large Dr. James Tanton ( http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/teachers/curriculum-inspirations/james-tanton-biography ) launched MAA Curriculum Inspirations ( http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/teachers/curriculum-inspirations ), an online, open-source program for middle- and high-school teachers. Teachers and students can improve their mathematical competency and prepare for the AMC competitions with these free web resources.

Awesome practice problems: http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/2015_AMC_10A