But most US students are given only a linear and uninspiring path through mathematics

And yet we ask students to learn

a sequence of formulas

without inspiration

without challenge

without context

without rigor

And these students

are only one bad

teacher

class

test

away

from giving up.

http://www.futurity.org/society-culture/girls-subtracted-from-math-equation/

Picture mathematics as a tree

With a narrow trunk to be climbed

Before reaching the thousands of disciplines and wonders on the frontier

Prosperity

What's at stake?

Beauty

Happiness

"Nowadays...the only physical frontiers are space and the bottom of the ocean, so fortitude and wanderlust aren’t enough to blaze your own trail. If you want the freedom to build your own future and pursue your dreams, then your best bet is to learn how to solve problems you’ve never seen before."

- Richard Rusczyk

http://cty.jhu.edu/bin/m/n/problem%20solving.pdf

Elementary Years

The Middle School Years

The High School Years

Hedonic Well-Being

Eudaimonic Well-Being

The pleasure that comes with, say, a good meal, an entertaining movie or an important win for one's sports team—a feeling called "hedonic well-being" -- tends to be short-term and fleeting.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704893604576200471545379388.html

Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Eudaimonia (Ancient Greek: εὐδαιμονία; Greek pronunciation: [evðaimoˈnia])—is a Greek word commonly translated as happiness, however "human flourishing" is a more accurate translation.[1]. Etymologically, it consists of the word "eu" ("good") and "daimōn" ("spirit").

In classical Greek, eudaimonia was used as a term for the highest human good, and so it became the aim of practical philosophy, including ethics and political philosophy, to consider what it really is and how it can be achieved.

“Math is at the crux of who gets paid,” said Ed Koc, director of research at NACE. “If you have those skills, you are an extremely valuable asset. We don’t generate enough people like that in this country.”

“It’s a tech-driven world, and demand [for engineers] is only going to grow,” said Farnoosh Torabi, employment expert and Quicken blog editor. “You can’t say that about many fields, especially in a recession.”

There are far fewer people graduating with math-based majors, compared to their liberal-arts counterparts, which is why they are paid at such a premium. The fields of engineering and computer science each make up about 4% of all college graduates, while social science and history each comprise 16%, Koc noted.

As a result, salaries for graduates who studied fields like social work command tiny paychecks, somewhere in the vicinity of $29,000. English, foreign language and communications majors make about $35,000, Koc said.

“It’s a supply and demand issue,” he added. “So few grads offer math skills, and those who can are rewarded.”

It could be that people with high eudaimonic well-being are good at reappraising situations and using the brain more actively to see the positives, Dr. van Reekum says. They may think, "This event is difficult but I can do it," she says. Rather than running away from a difficult situation, they see it as challenging.

The two types of well-being aren't necessarily at odds, and there is overlap. Striving to live a meaningful life or to do good work should bring about feelings of happiness, of course. But people who primarily seek extrinsic rewards, such as money or status, often aren't as happy, says Richard Ryan, professor of psychology, psychiatry and education at the University of Rochester.

Everyone is a Born Problem Solver

Problem Solving as Play

http://finance.yahoo.com/college-education/article/107402/most-lucrative-college-degrees.html

http://cty.jhu.edu/bin/m/n/problem%20solving.pdf

Today’s frontiers are intellectual, not physical. The heroes of your generation won’t have titles before their names, like General or President. They’ll have titles after their names, like PhD and CEO. They’ll earn those titles, and the freedom that can come with them, with their minds.

The action is out on the intellectual frontier, so that’s where you want to be. How do you get there? Is getting A’s in all your classes enough? Of course not, and it hasn’t been for a long time, not even if you plow through the regular curriculum twice as fast as everyone else.

- Richard Rusczyk

...they see nothing but the rough trunk of the tree that is in front of them.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-07/teens-in-u-s-rank-25th-on-math-test-trail-in-science-reading.html

http://www.ams.org/notices/200810/fea-gallian.pdf

Community

Math Circles

Camps

Contests

Hard Problems

Discrete Math

Concepts

Resources

Concepts

The Calculus Trap

Time for Play

Community

Math Circles

Camps

Contests

AMC 10

AMC 12

AIME

USAMO

IMO

MATHCOUNTS

AMC 8

USAMTS

Other Contests

AwesomeMath

Metroplex

Math Circle

National

Association

of Math Circles

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Resources

Books

Lectures

Courses

Computer Science

Biological Mathematics

Finance

Artists

http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html

Dehaene, a mathematician turned cognitive neuropsychologist, beging with the eye-opening discovery that animals...ca perform simple mathematical calculations. He goes on to describe ingenious experiments that show that human infants also have a rudimentary number sense. Dehaene shows that the animal and infant abilities for dealing with small numbers and with approximate calculations persist in human adults and have a strong influence on the way we represent numbers and peform more complex calculations later in life.

http://www.amazon.com/reader/0195110048?_encoding=UTF8&page=33#_

Resources

Books

Games

North

American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

Discrete math is essential to college-level mathematics and beyond

Discrete math is the mathematics of computing

Discrete math is very much "real world" mathematics

Discrete math shows up on most middle and high schoool math contests

Discrete math teaches mathematical reasoning and proof techniques

Discrete math is fun

David Patrick

http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Resources/articles.php?page=discretemath

Conventional Education

Monday - Fractions

Tuesday - Fractions

Wednesday - Fractions

Thursday - Fractions

Friday - Quiz on?

Rigorous Education

Monday - Hard Problem

Tuesday - Geometric Approach

Wednesday - Algebraic Approach

Thursday - Physical Approach

Friday - Evaluate and Optimize

Art of Problem Solving

http://artofproblemsolving.com

Art of Problem Solving

http://artofproblemsolving.com

Courses

Books

Lectures

Art of Problem Solving Introductory Texts

Introduction to Algebra

Introduction to Counting and Probability

Introduction to Geometry

Introduction to Number Theory

http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Store/index.php

Art of Problem Solving Texts

Intermediate Algebra

Intermediate Counting and Probability

Precalculus

Calculus

http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Store/index.php

A Sampling of Books by Math Circle Speakers

104 Number Theory Problems

Mathematical Olympiads

Problems from the Book

102 Combinatorial Problems

http://www.amazon.com/Metroplex-Math-Circle/lm/R9EKJWDA3LXGS/ref=cm_lmt_srch_f_1_rsrsrs1

http://www.naclo.cs.cmu.edu/

This olympiad is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.

Purple

Comet

Math

Meet

http://purplecomet.org/

The Purple Comet! Math Meet is a free, on-line, international, team mathematics competition designed for middle and high school students conducted annually since 2003.

Intel

Science

Talent

Search

In 2010 and 2011 the grand prize went to Math Circle participants.

Amy Chyao of Metroplex Math Circle

Evan O'Dorney of Berkeley Math Circle

http://www.societyforscience.org/STS

http://www.metroplexmathcircle.org

http://www.mathcircles.org/

The International Mathematical Olympiad is a two day math competition held each summer. Participating countries send teams of up to six students. In addtion there is one team leader, one deputy leader, and observers. Each day participants take a 4.5 hour, 3 question essay exam. The participating countries trade off in hosting the event, which in it's entirety usually lasts 10- 14 days.

The USAMO (United States of America Mathematics Olympiad) provides a means of identifying and encouraging the most creative secondary mathematics students in the country. It serves to indicate the talent of those who may become leaders in the mathematical sciences of the next generation. The USAMO is part of a worldwide system of national mathematics competitions, a movement in which both educators and research mathematicians are engaged in recognizing and celebrating the imagination and resourcefulness of our youth.

The USAMO is a six question, two day, 9 hour essay/proof examination.

The AIME (American Invitational Mathematics Examination) is an intermediate examination between the AMC 10 or AMC 12 and the USAMO. All students who took the AMC 12 and achieved a score of 100 or more out of a possible 150 or were in the top 5% are invited to take the AIME. All students who took the AMC 10 and had a score of 120 or more out of a possible 150, or were in the top 2.5% also qualify for the AIME.

The AMC 10 and 12 are 25 question, 75 minute multiple choice examinations in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with pre-calculus concepts.

The main purpose of the AMC 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.

The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students.

As opposed to most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows students a full month , or more, to work out their solutions. Carefully written justifications are required for each problem. The problems range in difficulty from being within the reach of most high school students to challenging the best students in the nation. Students may use any materials - books, calculators, computers - but all the work must be their own. The USAMTS is run on the honor system - it is an individual competition, whose competitive role is very secondary.

http://www.usamts.org/

http://amc.maa.org/e-exams/e5-amc10/amc10.shtml

http://amc.maa.org/e-exams/e6-amc12/amc12.shtml

http://amc.maa.org/e-exams/e7-aime/aime.shtml

http://amc.maa.org/usamo/usamo.shtml

http://amc.maa.org/e-exams/e9-imo/imo.shtml

Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program

The goal of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) is:

To provide a mathematics program for a select group of very promising students who have risen to the top on the American Mathematics Competitions.

To broaden students' view of mathematics, and better prepare them for possible participation on our International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) team.

To provide in depth enrichment in important mathematical topics to stimulate their continuing interest in mathematics and help prepare them for future study of mathematics.

To coach the IMO team, selected on the basis of the USA Mathematical Olympiad and further IMO type testing, to its highest level of performance in the IMO, and to achieve an atmosphere of comradeship and cooperation among the team and other participants which brings about feelings of cooperation and pride.

For an avid student with great skill in mathematics, rushing through the standard curriculum is not the best answer. That student who breezed unchallenged through algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, will breeze through calculus, too. This is not to say that high school students should not learn calculus – they should. But more importantly, the gifted, interested student should be exposed to mathematics outside the core curriculum, because the standard curriculum is not designed for the top students. This is even, if not especially, true for the core calculus curriculum found at most high schools, community colleges, and universities.

http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Resources/articles.php?page=calculustrap

Stanford EPGY

http://epgy.stanford.edu

http://www.teach12.com

Discrete Mathematics - Arthur Benjamin

Secrets of Mental Math - Arthur Benjamin

Joy of Mathematics - Arthur Benjamin

Art and Craft of Problem Solving - Paul Zeitz

Mathematics from the Visual World - Michael Starbird

Change and Motion: Calculus - Michael Starbird

Meaning from Data: Statistics - Michael Starbird

What are the Chances?: Probability - Michael Starbird

Joy of Thinking - Michael Starbird and Ed Burger

Introduction to Number Theory - Ed Burger

Zero to Infinity - Ed Burger

Knot Theory

Proteomics

Zome

http://www.zometool.com

http://www.mathcounts.org

http://amc.maa.org/e-exams/e4-amc08/amc8.shtml

What is a Math Circle?

Mathematical Circles are a form of education enrichment and outreach that bring mathematicians and mathematical scientists into direct contact with pre-college students. These students, and sometimes their teachers, meet with mathematical professionals in an informal setting, after school or on weekends, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. The goal is to get the students excited about the mathematics, giving them a setting that encourages them to become passionate about mathematics.

History of the American Math Circles Experience

Mathematical enrichment activities in the United States have been around for at least thirty years, in the form of residential summer programs, math contests, and local school-based programs. The concept of a math circle, on the other hand, with its emphasis on convening professional mathematicians and secondary school students on a regular basis to solve problems, has appeared only within the past twelve years.

http://www.mathpath.org

http://www.txstate.edu/mathworks

Math Olympiad

Creative Problem Solving

Math Olympiad Contest Problems

Math Olympiad Contest Problems Volume 2

http://www.moems.org/OPBooks.htm

Mathematical Circles (Russian Experience)

http://ebookee.org/Mathematical-Circles-Russian-Experience_588136.html

Thinkwell

http://www.thinkwell.com

eIMACS

http://www.eimacs.com

AOPS: Alcumus

http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Alcumus/Introduction.php

http://www.teach12.com

Geometry

Algebra I

Algebra II

Chemistry

William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competitions

The examination will be constructed to test originality as well as technical competence. It is expected that the contestant will be familiar with the formal theories embodied in undergraduate mathematics. It is assumed that such training, designed for mathematics and physical science majors, will include somewhat more sophisticated mathematical concepts than is the case in minimal courses. Thus the differential equations course is presumed to include some references to qualitative existence theorems and subtleties beyond the routine solution devices. Questions will be included that cut across the bounds of various disciplines, and self-contained questions that do not fit into any of the usual categories may be included. It will be assumed that the contestant has acquired a familiarity with the body of mathematical lore commonly discussed in mathematics clubs or in courses with such titles as “survey of the foundations of mathematics.” It is also expected that the self-contained questions involving elementary concepts from group theory, set theory, graph theory, lattice theory, number theory, and cardinal arithmetic will not be entirely foreign to the contestant’s experience.

http://math.scu.edu/putnam/

Simply put, ARML is the World Series of mathematics competitions. The competition consists of several events, which include a team round, a power question (in which a team solves proof-oriented questions), an individual round, two relay rounds (in which a contestant solves a problem and passes his/her answer to another team member, who uses this answer to solve another problem), and a super relay.

http://www.arml.com

American

Regions

Mathematics

League

http://www.facebook.com/MetroplexMathCircle

National / International

Texas

CIE MathComp

http://www.moems.org/

MOEMS

Math Rocks

http://mathcounts.org/Page.aspx?pid=1953

MATHCOUNTS Minis

http://www.midcitiesmathcircle.org

Mid-Cities

Math Circle

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**21st Century Success: Beyond Math Competitions**

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Information Theory * Logic * Set Theory * Combinatorics * Graph Theory * Probability * Number Theory * Topology * Computational Geometry * Operations Research * Game Theory

College Admissions

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