Gunn Math Circle

Gunn Math Circle

We meet Mondays at lunch in Mr. Herreshoff's room, N-213.

We seek to promote an appreciation and understanding of math beyond the typical high school curriculum by hosting weekly talks, in-house contests, games, and guest speakers. We also help students prepare for and participate in many contests throughout the school year.

Events & Competitions

2016–2017 Club Activities

Tuesday, February 7 (A) & Wednesday, February 15 (B)

AMC 10/12

Gunn, Stanford
amc.maa.org
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 AMC 12 contest contain about 12 of the same math problems.

The USA IMO (International Mathematics Olympiad) team selection series of contests begins with the AMCs (American Mathematics Competition), which all of Gunn is eligible to take. If you're an underclassman, you can elect to take the AMC 12 instead of the AMC 10. If you're an upperclassman, you can only take the AMC 12. All test versions have 25 multiple choice questions roughly arranged in ascending order of difficulty, given 75 minutes for 25 multiple choice questions with five answer choices each.

Tuesday, March 7 (I) & Wednesday, March 22 (II)

AIME - American Invitational Mathematics Examination

Gunn
amc.maa.org
The American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) is a 15 question, 3 hour examination in which each answer is an integer number from 0 to 999. The questions on the AIME are much more difficult and students are very unlikely to obtain the correct answer by guessing. As with the AMC 10 and AMC 12, all problems on the AIME can be solved by pre-calculus methods. The top AMC scorers are invited to take the AIME. This is a harder test where perfect scores are very rare.

Wednesday & Thursday, April 19 & 20

USA(J)MO - United States of America (Junior) Mathematical Olympiad

Gunn or Paly
amc.maa.org
The top AIME scorers are invited to take the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) and the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO), which are six question, two day, 9 hour essay/proof examinations. All problems can be solved with pre-calculus methods. Approximately 270 of the top scoring AMC 12 participants (based on a weighted average of AMC 12 and AIME score) are invited to take the USAMO. Approximately 230 of the top scoring AMC 10 participants (based on a weighted average of AMC 10 and AIME score) are invited to take the USAJMO. The USAMO and USAJMO are given on two consecutive days in late April.

A Saturday in mid-February

ASMT - A-Star Math Tournament

King's Academy, Sunnyvale
asmt.info
The A-Star Math Tournament (ASMT) is an annual math competition for high school students held in the South Bay. There are multiple rounds: a team, power, and individual round which consists of either two topical tests (in Algebra, Geometry, Combinatorics, and Calculus) or a one general test.

A Saturday in early March

BMT - Berkeley Math Tournament

Berkeley
bmt.berkeley.edu
The Berkeley Math Tournament (BMT) is a math tournament at Berkeley similar to ASMT or HMMT. There are a number of rounds, including a team, power, individual, and tournament rounds.

Saturday, February 18

HMMT - Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament

MIT
hmmt.mit.edu
The Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT) is an annual competition similar to ASMT and BMT. Teams of eight compete in multiple rounds including a team, individual, and guts rounds.

Sunday, November 20

CHMMC - Caltech Harvey Mudd Math Competition

Harvey Mudd College
chmmc.caltech.edu
The Caltech Harvey Mudd Math Competition is a team competition for high school students organized by the Caltech and Harvey Mudd math clubs, with help from Columbia University Competitions in Math.

Tuesday, February 28

BAMO - Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad

Gunn
The BAMO (Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad) is held the last Tuesday of February. There are no prerequisites to taking this Olympiad, which consists of 5 questions in 4 hours. The difficulty range is medium AIME to easy USAMO. In addition to winning many t-shirts, Gunn typically does well enough each year to win a $150 gift card to Chevy's, which we use for our annual club dinner (at Chevy’s).

November & January

ARML Power

Gunn
arml.com
The ARML Power round is a 60 minute team test with no cap on the maximum amount of participants where students work together on proof-based problems. Problems usually build up to an interesting idea in mathematics and are all based on a common topic. Questions range from medium AMC level to easy USAMO level.

First Semester

Interstellar

Gunn
in-ter-stel-lar.com
Officially known as Math Madness, Interstellar is a new competition held in cooperation with MAA. Schools from across the nation have students participate in this online, but proctored, competition. Round robin tournaments seed a bracket-style tournament where ten questions are answered in 30 minutes. Calculators allowed, this competition is on the easier side.

October–March

CAML - California Math League

Gunn
mathleague.com
The CAML (California Math League) is a short exam consisting of 6 questions spanning over a lunch period. The CAML is typically held six times throughout the school year monthly on Tuesdays at lunch. This contest is the easiest it gets for competitive high school math competitions.

SeptemberSeptember–April

MathLeague

Various Locations
mathleague.org
The MathLeague series of tests is the high school version of MathCounts, consisting of a 30 question multiple choice test (60 minutes), 10 question team round (20 minutes), and 8 question target round (10 minutes per 2 questions), along with a ARML-style relay round. The difficulty of these is around the AMC difficulty and these tests are offered about once a month.

Friday & Saturday in late May or early June

ARML - American Regions Mathematics League

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
arml.com
In the first weekend of June, schools around the Bay Area pool together their best and brightest to represent San Francisco at the ARML competition. The "best and brightest" are selected based on USAMO/AIME scores in addition to performance on the MathLeague tests. ARML consists of an individual round Target round (8 questions, 10 minutes per pair) that is in the medium to hard AIME level and two team rounds, with teams consisting of 15 people. The Power team round is a 60 minute test with proof based solutions. There is another team round with short answer solutions.

November

Santa Clara University High School Mathematics Contest

Santa Clara University
scu.edu
The Santa Clara University High School Mathematics Contest is a 3 hour examination with one page of questions, ranging from medium AMC level to easy AIME level. The answer format is short answer, but they use a proof based question for partial credit and tie-breaking purposes.

March

Mad Hatter/SCVMA

West Valley College
scvmath.org
Generally, this is an individual test of two parts. One part consists of flashing questions on an overhead projector (so once a question is deemed done by half the contestants, you can't see it again unless you jot it down). The second part is a traditional written test. The coordinators of this contest are very generous with big flashy trophies. :)

September–January

USAMTS - USA Mathematical Talent Search

Online
usamts.org
USAMTS (USA Mathematical Talent Search) is a series of proof-based tests which can each be taken over a month without a time limit. You are allowed to use pretty much anything (Wikipedia, Wolfram|Alpha, an abacus, etc) except help from another person. Students who perform exceptionally are granted an alternative route into the AIME. Three month-long rounds allow for plently of time to work on problems.

Monthly

NIMO/OMO

Online
internetolympiad.org
The NIMO is a series of small individual tests and some larger contests. They also host the Online Math Olympiad (OMO) on their website, which is a semi-annual short answer contest taken over a month with a team of four.

Math Circle Officers

Jane Ahn

Jane Ahn

President

A senior, Jane made the 2016 Math Olympiad Summer Program and has been in math club since her freshman year.

Matthew Shi

Matthew Shi

Co-Vice President

A senior, Matthew enjoys math and goes to competitions.

Shannon Yang

Shannon Yang

Co-Vice President

A senior, Shannon has been in math club since her freshman year.

Andrew Lin

Andrew Lin

Secretary

A sophomore, Andrew has been in math club since his freshman year and has participated with Gunn at ASMT.

Jonathan Rogers

Jonathan Rogers

Treasurer

A sophomore, Jonathan has been in math club since his freshman year and has participated with Gunn at HMMT.

Contact Us

Email

info@gunnmathcircle.com



Gunn Math Circle · info@gunnmathcircle.com · Updated January 2017 (HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!)

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