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    There are a number of math tests offered at Hershey, but what can some of them mean to students hoping to pursue a career in mathematics?   In some cases, they can provide additional opportunities for high achieving math students. If your son or daughter is seriously exploring the possibility of majoring in mathematics or a related field, it is important to understand these tests and why talented students should consider taking them.


    What is the ASMA test?

    The American Scholastic Mathematics Association (ASMA) provides students with the opportunity to compete nationally. The competition consists of six 35-minute contests, each with seven questions. This test provides student with an opportunity to receive an award certificate while providing enrichment in topics spanning several mathematics topics- algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics.


    What is the Calculus contest?

    Run by the Continental Math League, the questions on these tests are designed to enhance understanding of the calculus. At the same time they will prepare your students for the AB level of the AP examination.


    What are the AMC tests and what they mean to high achieving math students?

    The AMC 10 and the AMC 12 are 75-minute tests with twenty-five multiple choice questions. The test is usually taken in February. The AMC 10 covers topics emphasized in 9th and 10th grade such as elementary algebra, basic geometry, elementary number theory, and elementary probability and is recommended for students in tenth grade or below. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school math curriculum, excluding calculus. Approximately 12 questions are common to the AMC 10 and AMC 12 each year. Students who finish in the top 1% on the AMC 10 as well as students who finish in the top 5% of all competitors on the AMC 12 make the National Honor Roll and are invited to take the AIME.


    If I’m ‘invited’ to participate in the AIME, what does THAT mean?

    The AIME is intended to provide further challenge and recognition, beyond that provided by the AMC 10 or AMC 12, to the many high school students in North America who have exceptional mathematical ability. The top scoring U. S. citizens and students legally residing in the United States and Canada (with qualifying scores, based on a weighted average) are invited to take the USAMO.


    I did well on AIME and now they’re talking USAMO.  WHAT NOW?

    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.


    AND, if you’re really, REALLY interested in Mathematics, you might want to consider reviewing  the following competitions.  They also provide a number of math assistance resources.


    The Harvard/MIT Math Tournament

    The USA Mathematical Talent Search (Sponsored by the National Security Agency)

    Complete Math Competition Resource Page (Yeah, it gets pretty crazy out there!!)
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    Even though Hershey does not have a formal chapter of the Mu Alpha Theta (yet), a number of math assistance resources can be found on their website.
    A group of student math enthusiasts are attempting to resurrect the Hershey Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta. Mu Alpha Theta is the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society with over 88,000 student members nationwide representing 1,800 schools. The Society is dedicated to inspiring students to develop their interest in mathematics, strong scholarship in the subject , and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students. Students interested in participating in the formation of a Hershey High School Chapter for this organization should see Mrs. Silvestri

    Mu Alpha Theta achieves these goals by:

    • Providing a method for schools to recognize and encourage those students who enjoy and excel in mathematics.
    • Organizing a National Convention for students and teachers to participate in math-related events and interact with others from across the country.
    • Rewarding outstanding extracurricular achievement by offering special awards to both students and their faculty advisors.
    • Providing Mathematics Competitions to participating members at their own school through the Log 1 Contest, the Rocket City Math League, and the Presentation Contest


    OTHER FUN MATH LINKS (Compliments of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)

    High School

    Apportionment in the Democratic Primary Process-Activity using mathematical models and algebra to analyze the 2008 New Jersey Democratic presidential primary.(Mathematics Teacher) 

    Predicting the Presidential Election- Least-squares linear regression lesson to predict the 2004 presidential election.(Mathematics Teacher)

    How Many Votes?- Mathematical modeling lesson to determine the fewest number of votes necessary in order to be elected president.(Mathematics Teacher)

    Will the Best Candidate Win?- Lesson in which students explore advantages and disadvantages of alternative voting methods.(Mathematics Teacher)

    Minimum Fraction of the Popular Vote to Elect the President- Polya's general solution and discussion of implications in high school applications.(Mathematics Teacher)

    Getting into the Electoral College- Unit exploring the electoral college, focusing on percentages, ratios, area, problem-solving and reasoning skills.(Illuminations)

    Online Tools

    State Data Map- Interactive US map that shades the states proportionately according to population, electoral votes, or data the user inputs(Illuminations)

    Electoral Calculator- Predict who will win the next election by entering which party will win each state.(National Archives)

    Math and Voting- See how your vote influences the outcome of the election using different methods.(American Statistical Association)

    General Information- Information about elections in the US, other voting methods, and the math of voting methods.(NCTM)