Building Strong Mathematicians

In an effort to build interest and confidence in math, Ross invited high school students to participate in the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) on February 5.

Sponsored by the Mathematical Association of American, the AMC exams feature 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice tests in high school mathematics. The problems range from easy to very difficult and can be solved without calculators or calculus. The AMC is designed to spur interest in mathematics, develop talent, and foster excitement through solving challenging problems in a timed format. These contests also serve as qualifiers for the invitational AIME exam and the United States of America Mathematics Olympiad.

Ross School's participation in the contests was sponsored by Innovation Lab; however, most of the participants were not Innovation Lab students.

“I want Innovation Lab to be a catalyst for these kinds of opportunities at the school, but I feel strongly that they should be open to everyone at the School,” said Dave Morgan, director of Innovation Lab @Ross. “I view participation in the AMC contests as an important first step toward establishing a culture of competitive math and science teams at the School.” The exam allows students to test the waters to see if they would be interested in future participation in a math team or similar competitions.

Over the next few weeks, the 11 students who took the tests will meet after school to go over the test problems and share the techniques they used to solve them.

Think you have what it takes to take the AMC? Find out by trying to solve the problem below! Leave your answer in the comments section.

A flower bouquet contains pink roses, red roses, pink carnations, and red carnations. One third of the pink flowers are roses, three fourths of the red flowers are carnations, and six tenths of the flowers are pink. What percent of the flowers are carnations?