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Who Wants To Be A Mathematician
       

The National Who Wants to Be a Mathematician

Meet the contestants for the 2015 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician (listed below):

  • Michael An (NC)
  • Tomas Choi (CA)
  • Nicholas Diaco (FL)
  • John DiCarlo (TX)
  • Sam Korsky (IL)
  • Michael Kural (CT)
  • Shyam Narayanan (KS)
  • Zen Tang (AR)
  • Shreya Thipireddy (TX)
  • David Xu (DE)
  • Jesse Zhang (CO)

Those students will travel to the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings to compete for the $10,000 first prize ($5,000 for the individual and $5,000 for his or her math department) on Jan. 12 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio. Among the group are the first qualifiers for the national game from Arkansas (Zen), Connecticut (Michael K.), and Delaware (David); a fourt-time national contestant (Shyam, who won the contest as a ninth grader); and a contestant (Jesse) who qualified for the second time. The fast-paced, but friendly, competition gets underway at 9:30 (Central) on the morning of the 12th. If you can't be in San Antonio, you can watch the live webcast.

More than 200 students nationwide took part in the second round of qualifying for the 2015 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. Most took the test online using Maple T.A. from the game's technology sponsor Maplesoft. Here's the Round 2 test with answers. Students who scored eight or better in the first round moved on to the second round. 

David Vogan and Vivek Miglani


Vivek Miglani won the 2014 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. Vivek is pictured above accepting the trophy from AMS President David Vogan. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker.)

More than 2000 students participated in qualifying for the 2014 contest. Most students took the qualifying tests online thanks to our technology sponsor Maplesoft and its online testing system Maple T.A. See the Round Two test with answers and the Round One test with answers.

Teachers who'd like to request a qualifying test should email the AMS Public Awareness Office, paoffice at ams dot org, with the subject line "National WWTBAM." In the body of the message, include your name, school, contact information, and courses taught this year. The game is for high school students but middle school students are welcome to try to qualify. The youngest qualifier we've had for the national game was a freshman.

Topics covered in the game and in the qualifying rounds include algebra, trigonometry, geometry, history of mathematics, probability--everything but calculus.

Read about previous national contests: 2014, 2013 (champ Calvin Deng pictured below), 2012, 2011 and 2010. See previous qualifying tests (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Round One, 2014 Round Two, 2015 Round One, 2015 Round Two) and keys (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Round One, 2014 Round Two, and 2015 Round One).
 

Calvin with his "check" From the 2010 contest in San Francisco

Above photo from 2010 contest by E. David Luria.

 

In addition to the cash prizes in the national contest, there are also prizes donated by: our technology sponsor Maplesoft, Texas Instruments, John Wiley & Sons, and the AMS. The game is a program of the AMS Public Awareness Office and was developed by Mike Breen (AMS Public Awareness Officer) and Bill Butterworth (DePaul University ).