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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.

 

 

Calendar of Events

September 18, 2015

Letters of Invitation announcing this year's contest are mailed to schools.

If you or your school did not receive an announcement letter and you are interested in participating in this years contest please e-mail Janet Vassilev at the Department of Mathematics & Statistics: jvassil@math.unm.edu
  

October 31, 2015

Schools wishing to participate can register after August 25.

Students wishing to participate can register after August 25.

Registration can also be done by mail at

University of New Mexico
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest
MSCO1 1115
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

November 5, 2015

An electronic copy of the Round I exam is made available to participating schools. A hard copy can be made available to schools that are not able to receive the exam electronically.
  
  

November 6-9, 2015

The Round I exam is administered at registered schools throughout the state.

Alternative time: Sunday, November 8 from 1‐4, UNM Campus Room SMLC Room 102

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 parking meters and reserved spots.

 

November 14, 2015

Round I Grading Session: Volunteer and UNM teachers meet in SMLC 356 at 9:00am to grade the exams. Refreshments will be provided.
  

December 10, 2015

Round I exam results will be mailed to their respective schools. Letters are mailed to Round II qualifiers.
  
  

February 6, 2015

Public Lecture in  Science and Math Learning Center, Room 102, 10am -11am. speaker: Professor John M. Lee, University of Washington. Refreshments served before lecture. All are welcome.

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.

April 16, 2016

Awards Banquet held at the Student Union Building on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque from noon-2:30pm, Ballroom C.

 

 

 

 

Last year's contest:

THE UNM-PNM 2014-2015 STATEWIDE MATHEMATICS CONTEST WINNERS

Public Lecture The beauty, mystery, and utility of prime numbers (slides), Speaker Professor Tom Marley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Refreshments before the talk. All are welcomed.

Poster Tom Marley

The Awards Banquet will take place at the Student Union Building on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque on April 18 from noon-2:30pm, Ballroom C

2014-2015 Contest, Round II, Spring 2015 questions

2014-2015 Contest, Round II, Spring 2015 answers

2014-2015 Contest, Round II, Spring 2015 Stats

2014-2015 Contest, Round I, Fall 2014 questions

2014-2015 Contest, Round I, Fall 2014 answers

2014-2015 Contest, Round I, Fall 2014 Stats (cut-offs for Round II and points distributions)

 

 

 

 

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