Budagher Hall was taken over by dozens of Bosque’s 9–12th graders on Thursday morning for the first round of the annualAmerican Mathematics Competition 10 & 12. This is one of six math contests that Bosque students can participate in throughout the year and by far the most well-known. Extremely successful contestants can be invited to a second round that eventually leads to a math camp and being chosen for the U.S. team that competes internationally.
The contest presents problems from a variety of mathematical fields, including geometry, algebra, calculus, and probability. “It’s a smorgasbord of all kinds of things,” remarks Upper School math teacher TJ Middleton. “We teach our students solid math—how to think and problem solve. These are not the standard math problems you’ll see in class, but they use the same foundation.” Results of the first round should come in by the end of February, as the second round takes place at the beginning of March.
“This is always a big event for us,” said Mr. Middleton. “There’s a lot of energy in the room, and kids walk away talking about the math problems with each other asking, ‘How did you solve that one?’ and ‘What did you get for this one?’... They’re actually discussing mathematics!” The AMC 10 is for 10th graders and below; the AMC 12 is for 11th and 12th graders. “To me this is a great contest,” remarked Middleton, “It’s about having a strong mathematical background and also having tremendous intuition and flexible thinking. For us, the point of the contest is to teach students to challenge themselves and persevere. It’s also to just have fun with math and see some cool problems.”