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AMC 10 AMC 12 Guide

What is AMC 10 or 12? How to Prepare for them?

American Mathematics Contest 10/12 (AMC 10/12) is the 2nd stage of Math Olympiad Contest in the US after AMC 8. The contest is in multiple choice format and aims to develop problem solving abilities. The difficulty of the problems dynamically varies and are based on important mathematical principles. These contests have a lasting educational value.

Eligibility for AMC 10/12:

Students in grade 10 or below and under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 10. Students in grade 12 or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 12.

AMC 10/12 Exam Syllabus:

The syllabus for AMC 10 include:

  • Elementary Algebra
  • Basic Geometry Knowledge like Pythagorean Theorem, area and volume formulas
  • Elementary Number Theory
  • Elementary Probability

The syllabus for AMC 10 excludes:

  • Trigonometry
  • Advanced Algebra
  • Advanced Geometry

The syllabus of AMC 12 includes high school mathematics curriculum and including all the topics mentioned above. Only calculus is excluded in the advanced topics.

AMC 10 and AMC 12 Test Format:

As mentioned earlier, the format of the tests are multiple choice type. It is a 75 minute test with 25 questions. The exams are held on two dates under the names AMC 10A and 10B for AMC 10 and AMC 12A and 12B for AMC 12.

Upcoming AMC 10 and AMC dates:

For AMC 10/12A:

Early bird Registration: through Dec. 2, 2020

Regular Registration: Dec. 3 – 19, 2020

Late Registration: Dec. 20, 2020 – Jan. 9, 2021

Exam Days: Thursday, February 4, 2021
For AMC 10/12B:

Early bird Registration: through Dec. 8, 2020

Regular Registration: Dec. 9 – Jan 9, 2020

Late Registration: Jan. 10, 2020 – 13, 2021

Exam Days: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Books for Preparation:

Cheenta believes “It is important to completely solve at least one book per topic before going into the harder ones. You do not need to solve hard books for all topics.”

So, we prefer, one should keep “Challenges and Thrills of Pre College Mathematics” as a Common Minimum Requirement for your preparation.

How to Prepare for AMC 10 or AMC 12?

  • Utilize the resources: Here are the resources required to help you perform better in AMC 10 or AMC 12 Preparation:
  • Solve Past Papers and similar questions from similar contests like SMO (Singapore), UKMT (Junior, Senior), University of Waterloo BMC, Math Kangaroo which may serve as practice problems for AMC 10/12.
  • Take tests and Track your Tests: Tests are essential for knowing your weaknesses and strengths. Attempting quizzes and mock tests helps the students to evaluate themselves.
  • Get a coach: A coach can see and analyze your performance and guide you in the best way possible. He/She can help you strengthen your weaknesses by letting you work in the right direction.
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Upcoming USA Math Competition

In this post, we are going to discuss about the upcoming USA Math Contests that would be useful for you to consider if you are looking to participate in Mathematics Competitions.

1. American Mathematics Competitions (AMC)

American Mathematics Competition (AMC) are the mathematics contests for United States students that leads them to International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO).

Eligibility:

These competitions are divided into 3 levels:

  1. AMC 8, for classes 8 or below
  2. AMC 10, for classes 10 or below
  3. AMC 12, for classes 12 or below

Higher scores in AMC 10 or 12 lead the stuedents to American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) or USAMO/USAJMO.

Important Dates:

For AMC 8:

Early bird Registration: through October 1, 2020

Regular Registration: 2nd – 29th October 2020

Late Registration: 30th October – 3rd November 2020

Exam Days: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 through Monday, November 16, 2020

For AMC 10A/12A:

Early bird Registration: through Dec. 2, 2020

Regular Registration: Dec. 3 – 19, 2020

Late Registration: Dec. 20, 2020 – Jan. 9, 2021

Exam Days: Thursday, February 4, 2021
For AMC 10B/12B:

Early bird Registration: through Dec. 8, 2020

Regular Registration: Dec. 9 – Jan 9, 2020

Late Registration: Jan. 10, 2020 – 13, 2021

Exam Days: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

For AIME:

AIME I: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

AIME II: Thursday, March 18, 2021

For more info: https://www.maa.org/math-competitions

2. Perennial Math

Perennial Math has 3 types of competitions: Online Math contest, Onsite Tournament and Virtual Tournaments.

Eligibility:

Online and Onsite Tournaments are for students of Grade 3-8 and Virtual Tournaments are for students of grade 3 -12.

Important dates:

The Online Math Contest usually occurs in 2 seasons. 4 tests are held in each season. Season 1 is November through February and Season 2 is January through April.

The On Site Tournament is online for this year due to COVID 19. Here are the Ucoming Events:

  1. Birmingham AL Tournament – 24th October 2020
  2. Ohio Tournament – 14th October 2020
  3. Douglasville, GA Tournament – 15th December 2020
  4. Memphis TN Tournament – 23rd January 2020

Virtual Tournaments are Video Conferencing Tournaments in a WebEx Chat Room with a Gameshow Host. The Upcoming Virtual Tournaments are listed below:

  1. Pumpkin pi Fest (for individuals) – 17th October 2020
  2. Mathoween (for individuals) – 31st October 2020
  3. Mathgiving (for individuals) – 21st November 2020
  4. Winterchill ( for individuals) – 12th December 2020
  5. Winterdash (Grade 3-8) Team Event (for teams) – 15th – 17th December 2020
  6. Top 10 Championships (for individuals) – 19th December 2020

For more info: https://perennialmath.com/

3. SCUDEM V 2020

This fall due to COVID 19, SCUDEM V 2020 will be held in a virtual approach.

Eligibility:

SCUDEM V 2020 is an opportunity for students, in high school or undergraduate school, to engage in a differential equations modeling experience. One can register with a team of 3 or individually. A team will be formed for individuals. They can apply to participate as a student, coach or judge.

Important Dates:

  1. For Students: Registration closes 23rd October 2020
  2. For Coaches: Registration closes 15th October 2020
  3. For Judges: Registration closes 13th October 2020

For more info: https://www.simiode.org/scudem/2020

4. Rocket City Math League

The Rocket City Math League is a free, international math contest granted from Mu Alpha Theta.

Eligibility:

It  is open to all middle, high school, and two-year college students enrolled in pre-algebra through precalculus and above math courses.

Important Dates:

  1. Interschool Test: Distributed Nov 10, 2020
  2. Round One: January 12, 2021
  3. Round Two: February 16, 2021
  4. Round Three: March 9, 2021

For more info: https://mualphatheta.org/rcml-contest

5. Purple Comet! Math Meet

The Purple Comet! Math Meet is a free, annual, international, online, team, mathematics competition, where teams from 1 – 6 students compete by submitting solutions to a list of mathematics problems.

Eligibility:

It is designed for middle and high school students.

Important Dates:

Next Contest: 6 – 15th April 2021

For more info: https://purplecomet.org/

6. National Internet Math Olympiad

National Internet Math Olympiad is an online Math Contest partnered with Online Math Open (OMO). Teams of upto 4 participate in the contest who are given more than a week to answer 30 short answer questions, ranging from the early AMC to late IMO.

Eligibility:

High school students are eligible for this.

Important Dates:

Fall Contests occurs in October to November and Spring contests in March and April.

For more info: https://internetolympiad.org/contests

7. M3 Challenge

MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge helps students to to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints, akin to those faced by professional mathematicians working in industry.

Eligibility:

Students of age 16 – 19 in US participate in this competition.

Important Dates:

Registration opens in November for M3 Challenge 2021.

For more info: https://m3challenge.siam.org/

8. MathCON

MathCON is an innovative mathematics platform, including a competition series and educational resources and opportunities for students and educators, developed to enhance mathematics education.

Eligibility:

MathCON is open to all students in grades 4-12, including public, charter, private and home schooled students.

Important Dates:

Registration going on for 2021.

For more info: https://www.mathcon.org/

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Beautiful Books

This is an (ever-growing and ever-changing) list of books, useful for school and college mathematics students. If you are working toward Math Olympiad programs or intense college mathematics, these books may prove to be your best friend.

If you are taking a Cheenta Advanced Math Program, chances are that you will referred to use this post.