The goal of the contest is to promote mathematics education in New Mexico by rewarding students, teachers, and their schools for mathematics excellence. Between 700 to 1200 New Mexico students benefit from this program annually. The contest is open to all students in grades 7 - 12 as well as interested students in lower grades. The contest has two rounds of exams designed to test mathematical potential and ingenuity as well as formal knowledge. Round I is administered at the students's home school. Students from non-registered schools can take the Round I exam at the UNM campus as indicated in the Calendar of Events. The top finalists are invited to the UNM Campus in early February to compete in Round II. We will also continue the awards for the schools with the highest participation in the Contest First Round. The winners will be determined using the number of participants with non-zero scores on the Contest First Round scaled proprtionately to the school size. The annual contest is currently directed by professors Dimiter Vassilev and Janet Vassilev.
Sponsorship of the UNM-PNM Statewide High School Mathematics Contest comes from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and a grant from the PNM.
Prizes presented in addition with gifts from the family of Professor Jeffrey Davis, Mu Alpha Theta (the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society), and a generous discount from the American Mathematical Society.
To find out more about Mu Alpha Theta, their scholarships, grants, free math competitions, and other benefits, please visit www.mualphatheta.org. NCTM, MAA, SIAM, and AMATYC are sponsoring organizations of Mu Alpha Theta.
March 4, 2016
This year's contest:
THE UNM-PNM 2015-2016 STATEWIDE MATHEMATICS CONTEST WINNERS
2015-2016 Contest, Round II, Spring 2016 questions
2015-2016 Contest, Round II, Spring 2016 answers
2015-2016 Contest, Round II, Spring 2016 Stats
2015-2016 Contest, Round I, Fall 2015 questions
2015-2016 Contest, Round I, Fall 2015 answers
2015-2016 Contest, Round I, Fall 2015 Stats (cut-offs for Round II and points distributions)
Public Lecture in Science and Math Learning Center, Room 102, 10am -11am, Saturday February 6, 2016.
Speaker: Professor John M. Lee, University of Washington. Refreshments served before lecture. All are welcome.
Title: "The Curvature of Space"
Abstract: Do you think that everything there is to know about geometry was already discovered ages ago? Think again. Since the time of Euclid, the history of geometry has been a dramatic saga that your high-school teachers might not tell you about. It led, more than a century ago, to the mind-bending mathematical discovery that the three-dimensional space we live in might be "curved," in much the same way as the two-dimensional surface of the earth is curved.
In this talk you'll have a chance to learn what it could possibly mean mathematically for space to be curved, how we can detect it, and the fascinating story of how we got from Euclid to here. Along the way, you'll find out about "proofs" by professional mathematicians that turned out to be wrong, a million-dollar prize for solving a mathematical problem, and a mysterious modern-day Russian mathematician who earned it but doesn't want it.
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Round II Exam: 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Science and Math Learning Center, Room 102 on the UNM Campus.
Note: Please see the Campus Map for location. Parking in Lots B and C next to the buildings is free on the weekend with the exception of all reserved or metered spots.