What Ignites the Math Forum?
Ever wondered what the Math Forum is all about? What makes us
passionate? What IGNITES us?
Now you can find out: three of us spoke at Key Curriculum's
Ignite event at the annual meeting of the National Council of
Supervisors of Mathematics:
Max Ray: Fun with Trig Identities
Steve Weimar: What Do We 'No'?
Annie Fetter: The Teacher I Would Have Been
Each speaker had 5 minutes to "talk about whatever lights them
up," using 20 slides that auto-advanced every 15 seconds ...
whether they were ready or not.
Watch our Philadelphia videos — often funny, sometimes
poignant, definitely breathless!
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"You might be confused, and use guess and check. But that was
okay for me. You just have to realize that the strategy is to
multiply the difference of the ages by 2 and you'll get the
double/half age thing."
- Sarah, highlighted in the FunPoW's Latest Solution
Math Girls Comic Kickstarter
The English language publishers of a popular Japanese young
adult novel about math, first featured here in October, have
announced their next translation project: the Math
Bento Books already plans a digital version, via the Math
Girls iPad app. But the prospect of producing a print version
that does justice to the original comics' color pages has
inspired the small publishing company to launch a
Pledge as little as $1; pledge more generously to receive perks
such as t-shirts, hard cover copies of the Math Girls novel,
and comic books autographed by novelist author Hiroshi Yuki and
comic artist Mika Hisaka.
To hear more about this crowdsourced funding effort, see where
the money will go, and back the project, visit
Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour
"Assuming you have correct answers to A through C, you may be
able to use the pigeonhole principle. Thanks and will try to
look at this later; it's a great problem!"
- Ben, posted to the discretemath discussion group
Winners of the 2012 USA Mathematical Olympiad
Last week, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
announced the 2012 winners of the United States of America
Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO).
These 12 outstanding high school math students will attend an
awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., then travel to Lincoln,
Nebraska, to participate in the Mathematical Olympiad Summer
Program (MOSP). After in-depth training in mathematical problem
solving there, they will vie to represent the U.S. at the 2012
International Mathematical Olympiad, held in Mar del Plata,
Argentina, July 4-16.
The MAA American Mathematics Competitions website offers
the six-question exam tackled by this year's winners
a reading list to prepare your students to participate in
information about the Edyth May Sliffe Awards for
Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching
details about all of the MAA's competitions, including the
USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO), which bridges
the computational focus of the American Invitational
Mathematics Examination (AIME) and the proof orientation of