Phong Chau

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ 85302

Office: MA 161

Phone: 623-845-4789

Email: phong.chau@gccaz.edu

To participate, follow these steps:

2. Practice information:

It takes time to adjust to the type of questions which are included on competitions, so the more practice you are able to have, the better. Try to become acquainted with the vocabulary which is included in the questions.

- Sample questions with solutions can be found here: 2000-2001, 2003 - 2004
- Past Exams with short solutions can be found at http://www.laney.edu/wp/mathematics/amatyc-competition/amatyc-coaching/materials/ and at http://www.missioncollege.edu/depts/math_faculty/hobbs/amatyc.html
- Here are some helpful formulas that you should memorize.
- Complete list of past exams (with answer keys) can be found at the website http://www.amatyc.org/SML.

- Review tests from previous years to become familiar with the types of problems and format of the questions.
- Focus on studying the types (algebra, trigonometry, etc.) of problems that you like and you are strong at.
- The questions can be quite challenging. Just look for any questions you think you can handle. There are questions there for all levels of students.
- Remember that you are competing against students in your level and you are not expected to answer all the questions.
- Do not make random or wild guesses. Try to eliminate two wrong answers, then make a reasonable choice, if possible.
- Sometimes working "backwards" from the list of multiple-choice answers is an effective strategy.

Register today to take part in this year's competition. The competition consists of two one-hour exams. The first exam is given during fall semester and the second is given during spring semester. Students may take one or both of the exams. Each exam consists of 20 questions, which are primarily multiple choice. The level of all questions is precalculus mathematics (college algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and probability). For each exam, a perfect score would be 40 points, but achieving a score in the 15-20 range is considered to be a good result. Exams are scored in a manner that discourages guessing - wrong answers count negatively on your final score. Students taking part in the competition should not necessarily expect to answer all of the questions on the exam in the allowed hour. This year's prizes, including scholarships and graphing calculators, will be awarded to top performers at GCC. The awards are as follows:

First Place (after both rounds) - $500 scholarship

Second Place (after both rounds) - $300 scholarship

Third Place (after both rounds) - $200 scholarship

In addition, First Place Winner in each round will win a graphing calculator, provided you have not won one before from GCC.

Second Place (after both rounds) - $300 scholarship

Third Place (after both rounds) - $200 scholarship

In addition, First Place Winner in each round will win a graphing calculator, provided you have not won one before from GCC.

To compete, you must be a GCC student enrolled in at least one class. To win a scholarship you must take both rounds. Once you win a calculator, you cannot win another one, but you are still eligible for the scholarships.