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The USA Mathematical Talent Search, Round 1 problems are now available

September 15, 2011

The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students.

As opposed to most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows students a full month , or more, to work out their solutions. Carefully written justifications are required for each problem. The problems range in difficulty from being within the reach of most high school students to challenging the best students in the nation. Students may use any materials – books, calculators, computers – but all the work must be their own. The USAMTS is run on the honor system – it is an individual competition, whose competitive role is very secondary.

Student solutions to the USAMTS problems are graded by mathematicians and comments are returned to the students. The goal of the USAMTS is to help all students develop their problem solving skills, improve their technical writing abilities, and mature mathematically while having fun. The goal is to foster not only insight, ingenuity and creativity, but also the virtue of perseverance, which is equally essential in scientific endeavors.

The first round of the USA Mathematical Talent Search is now available at www.usamts.org

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