Outreach Activities and Contacts with High Schools by the Outreach Program at the Department of Mathematics at UAB (Director Alexander Blokh, Coordinator Carolyn Wailes)

  • Fall 2005
UAB Math Talent Search Day

On November the 12th of 2005 the fourth on-site math contest called UAB MATH TALENT SEARCH DAY was run at UAB. It was sponsored by UAB Department of Mathematics and implemented by the Outreach Program of UAB Department of Mathematics. Detailed information can be found below.

     

  • Problems and solutions from UAB MATH TALENT SEARCH DAY, FALL 2005, in   PDF

     

  • Our report about UAB MATH TALENT SEARCH DAY in   PDF

    Winter-Spring 2005
UAB Math Talent Search Day

On February the 19th of 2005 the third on-site math contest called UAB MATH TALENT SEARCH DAY was run at UAB. It was sponsored by UAB Department of Mathematics and implemented by the Outreach Program of UAB Department of Mathematics. Detailed information can be found below.

     

  • Problems and solutions from UAB MATH TALENT SEARCH DAY 2005, 10th grade, in   PDF

     

  • Problems and solutions from UAB MATH TALENT SEARCH DAY 2005, 11th grade, in   PDF

     

  • Our report about UAB MATH TALENT SEARCH DAY in   PDF


    Winter-Spring 2004

Math-by-Mail Contest 2004

Math-by-Mail competition is run by the Outreach Program at the Department of Mathematics at UAB since Spring 2001. This is an individual contest presented by our Outreach Program and designed to test logical thinking and depth of understanding of mathematics by high school students. The contest is open to all high school students from participating schools starting at the freshman level.

If you are interested in the problems and in other details concerning UAB Math-by-Mail Contest 2004 you can download all this information in PDF format.

  • Information (including problems with solutions) about UAB Math-by-Mail Contest 2004 in PDF

Contact information:

Dr A. Blokh, Director of Outreach Program
Department of Mathematics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
(205)934-2154
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
UAB Math Talent Search Day

On February the 7th of 2004 the second on-site math contest called UAB MATH TALENT SEARCH DAY was run at UAB. It was sponsored by UAB Department of Mathematics and implemented by the Outreach Program of UAB Department of Mathematics. Detailed information can be found below.

     

  • Problems and solutions from UAB MATH TALENT SEARCH DAY 2004 in   PDF

     

  • Our report about UAB MATH TALENT SEARCH DAY in   PDF


    Spring 2003

Math-by-Mail Contest 2003

Math-by-Mail competition is run by the Outreach Program at the Department of Mathematics at UAB since Spring 2001. This is an individual contest presented by our Outreach Program and designed to test logical thinking and depth of understanding of mathematics by high school students. The contest is open to all high school students from participating schools starting at the freshman level.

If you are interested in the problems and in other details concerning UAB Math-by-Mail Contest 2003 you can download all this information in PDF format.

  • Information about UAB Math-by-Mail Contest 2003 in   PDF

Contact information:

Dr A. Blokh, Coordinator of Outreach Program
Department of Mathematics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
(205)934-2154
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
UAB Math Talent Search Day

On March the 8th of 2003 a new on-site math contest was run at UAB. It was sponsored by UAB Department of Mathematics and UAB School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics which we gratefully acknowledge here. The event (called UAB MATH TALENT SEARCH DAY) was implemented by the Outreach Program of UAB Department of Mathematics with the help of UAB Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Management. In addition to the contest it included some other activities as well. Detailed information can be found below.

Train Your Brain Math Club

Train Your Brain Math Club meets on Fridays at 4:20-5:20pm. The aim is to teach high school students how to solve interesting and often hard but still elementary problems. This should be quite helpful to those of the students who want to succeed in Math Contests such as AMC and ARML.

We use a variety of sources, including the problems from AMC 10 and AMC 12 competitions as well as some other collections of problems. Occasionally, certain topics from more advanced Mathematics (such as elementary Graph Theory, Set Theory or Discrete Mathematics) are considered.

Students who are interested in joining Train Your Brain Math Club should call UAB Special Studies at (205)934-8263 and mention Train Your Brain Math Club.

Contact information:

Dr A. Blokh, Director of Outreach Program
Department of Mathematics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
(205)934-2154
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Information about Train Your Brain Math Club in   PDF
UAB Mathematical School by Correspondence (UAB MASC)

The UAB Department of Mathematics and UAB Special Studies are running a UAB Mathematical School by Correspondence (UAB MASC) from October 2002 through April 2003. This initiative is aimed at reaching out to high school students interested in Mathematics.

The School is devoted to an in-depth study of Trigonometry. We have chosen this field because it is related to Geometry and Analysis which are major topics in Mathematics. Studying at UAB MASC will allow students to develop a better understanding of these topics and of Mathematics as a whole. The main focus of the School will be on a theoretical study of Trigonometry, and on developing problem-solving skills which can then be applied to all kinds of problems, not necessarily related to Trigonometry. Therefore, studying at UAB MASC could be helpful for preparing for the mathematical part of tests like ACT or SAT.

The main audience of UAB MASC are 10-, 11- and 12-graders, even though as an exception we are willing to consider some 9-graders who have already covered Geometry. The textbook used in the school will be the following:

TRIGONOMETRY
by I. M. Gelfand, Rutgers University, NJ
M. Saul, Bronxville Schools, NY
Birkhauser, Boston-Basel-Berlin, 2001, ISBN 0-8176-3914-4

The textbook can be ordered by mail from any major bookseller in the US. I. M. Gelfand, originally from Moscow, currently from Rutgers University, is one of the greatest living mathematicians who devoted a lot of his time to working with high school students. He organized a very successful Mathematical School by Correspondence which has been operating in Moscow for a long time and in which a number of famous Russian mathematicians studied. UAB MASC is modeled after that school and will function as follows:

1. by the 1st of each month from October, 2002 through April, 2003 students will be receiving assignments taken from TRIGONOMETRY;

2. the assignments are supposed to be mailed back to us postmarked no later than the 20th of each month;

3. the graded assignments will be returned to students together with the next assignment by the 1st of the next month.

To enroll to UAB MASC please call UAB Special Studies at (205)934-8263 and mention the UAB Mathematical School by Correspondence (UAB MASC). The tuition is $150. After completing a course, students will receive a Diploma of Completion, but most of all they will have received a deep knowledge of one of the basic mathematical fields.

Contact information:

Dr A. Blokh, Director of Outreach Program
Department of Mathematics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
(205)934-2154
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Information about UAB MASC in   PDF


Spring 2002
Math-by-Mail Contest 2002

Math-by-Mail competition is run by the Outreach Program at the Department of Mathematics at UAB since Spring 2001. This is an individual contest presented by our Outreach Program and designed to test logical thinking and depth of understanding of mathematics by high school students. The contest is open to all high school students from participating schools starting at the freshman level.

If you are interested in the problems and in other details concerning UAB Math-by-Mail Contest 2002 you can download all this information in PDF format.

  • Information about UAB Math-by-Mail Contest 2002 in   PDF

Contact information:

Dr A. Blokh, Coordinator of Outreach Program
Department of Mathematics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
(205)934-2154
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Train Your Brain Math Club

Train Your Brain Math Club meets on Fridays at 4:20-5:20pm. The aim is to teach high school students how to solve interesting and often hard but still elementary problems. This should be quite helpful to those of the students who want to succeed in Math Contests such as AMC and ARML.

We use a variety of sources, including the problems from AMC 10 and AMC 12 competitions as well as some other collections of problems. Occasionally, certain topics from more advanced Mathematics (such as elementary Graph Theory, Set Theory or Discrete Mathematics) are considered.

Students who are interested in joining Train Your Brain Math Club should call UAB Special Studies at (205)934-8263 and mention Train Your Brain Math Club.

Contact information:

Dr A. Blokh, Coordinator of Outreach Program
Department of Mathematics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
(205)934-2154
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Information about Train Your Brain Math Club in   PDF
UAB Mathematical School by Correspondence (UAB MASC)

The UAB Department of Mathematics and UAB Special Studies announce a new initiative aimed at reaching out to high school students interested in Mathematics.

In the second semester of the academic year 2001-2002 we will run a UAB Mathematical School by Correspondence (UAB MASC). The School is devoted to an in-depth study of Trigonometry. We have chosen this field because it is related to Geometry and Analysis which are major topics in Mathematics. Studying at UAB MASC will allow students to develop a better understanding of these topics and of Mathematics as a whole. The main focus of the School will be on a theoretical study of Trigonometry, and on developing problem-solving skills which can then be applied to all kinds of problems, not necessarily related to Trigonometry. Therefore, studying at UAB MASC could be helpful for preparing for the mathematical part of tests like ACT or SAT.

The main audience of UAB MASC are 10-, 11- and 12-graders, even though as an exception we are willing to consider some 9-graders who have already covered Geometry. The textbook used in the school will be the following:

TRIGONOMETRY
by I. M. Gelfand, Rutgers University, NJ
M. Saul, Bronxville Schools, NY
Birkhauser, Boston-Basel-Berlin, 2001, ISBN 0-8176-3914-4

The textbook can be ordered by mail from any major bookseller in the US or can be purchased through a local bookstore. I. M. Gelfand, originally from Moscow, currently from Rutgers University, is one of the greatest living mathematicians who devoted a lot of his time to working with high school students. He organized a very successful Mathematical School by Correspondence which has been operating in Moscow for a long time and in which a number of famous Russian mathematicians studied. UAB MASC is modeled after that school and will function as follows:

1. by the 1st of each month from January through May, 2002 students will be receiving assignments taken from TRIGONOMETRY and other sources;

2. the assignments are supposed to be mailed back to us postmarked no later than the 20th of each month;

3. the graded assignments will be returned to students together with the next assignment by the 1st of the next month.

To enroll to UAB MASC please call UAB Special Studies at (205)934-8263 and mention the UAB Mathematical School by Correspondence (UAB MASC), the course number NR2-5050-10A-02. The tuition is $100. After completing a course, students will receive a Diploma of Completion, but most of all they will have received a deep knowledge of one of the basic mathematical fields.

Contact information:

Dr A. Blokh, Coordinator of Outreach Program
Department of Mathematics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
(205)934-2154
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Information about UAB MASC in   PDF

Fall 2001
Train Your Brain Math Club

Train Your Brain Math Club meets on Fridays at 4:20-5:20pm. The aim is to teach high school students how to solve interesting and often hard but still elementary problems. This should be quite helpful to those of the students who want to succeed in Math Contests such as AMC and ARML.

We use a variety of sources, including the problems from AMC 10 and AMC 12 competitions as well as some other collections of problems. Occasionally, certain topics from more advanced Mathematics (such as elementary Graph Theory, Set Theory or Discrete Mathematics) are considered.

Students who are interested in joining Train Your Brain Math Club should call UAB Special Studies at (205)934-8263 and mention Train Your Brain Math Club.

Contact information:

Dr A. Blokh, Coordinator of Outreach Program
Department of Mathematics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
(205)934-2154
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Information about Train Your Brain Math Club in   PDF

Summer 2001
Train Your Brain Math Club

Train Your Brain Math Club meets on Fridays at 4:20-5:20pm. The aim is to teach high school students how to solve interesting and often hard but still elementary problems. This should be quite helpful to those of the students who want to succeed in Math Contests such as AMC and ARML.

We use a variety of sources, including the problems from AMC 10 and AMC 12 competitions as well as some other collections of problems. Occasionally, certain topics from more advanced Mathematics (such as elementary Graph Theory, Set Theory or Discrete Mathematics) are considered.

Students who are interested in joining Train Your Brain Math Club should call UAB Special Studies at (205)934-8263 and mention Train Your Brain Math Club.

Contact information:

Dr A. Blokh, Coordinator of Outreach Program
Department of Mathematics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
(205)934-2154
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Information about Train Your Brain Math Club in   PDF

Spring 2001
Train Your Brain Math Club

Train Your Brain Math Club meets on Fridays at 4:20-5:20pm. The aim is to teach high school students how to solve interesting and often hard but still elementary problems. This should be quite helpful to those of the students who want to succeed in Math Contests such as AMC and ARML.

We use a variety of sources, including the problems from AMC 10 and AMC 12 competitions as well as some other collections of problems. Occasionally, certain topics from more advanced Mathematics (such as elementary Graph Theory, Set Theory or Discrete Mathematics) are considered.

Students who are interested in joining Train Your Brain Math Club should call UAB Special Studies at (205)934-8263 and mention Train Your Brain Math Club.

Contact information:

Dr A. Blokh, Coordinator of Outreach Program
Department of Mathematics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
(205)934-2154
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Information about Train Your Brain Math Club in   PDF
Math-by-Mail Contest 2001

ELIGIBILITY

Math-by-Mail competition is an individual contest presented by the UAB Department of Mathematics and designed to test logical thinking and depth of understanding of mathematics by high school students. The contest is open to all high school students from participating schools starting at the freshman level.

PRIZES AND CEREMONY

One first prize ($60), one or two second prizes ($40) and 5 third prizes ($20) will be handed out together with award diplomas. All other participants will receive certificates honoring their participation. The school with the best overall performance will be awarded the UAB traveling Math trophy. Prize winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at UAB on Friday May 11th. Parents and teachers will also be invited. The program will feature awards presentation and refreshments.

RULES AND JUDGING.

Math-by-Mail contest is an individual contest. Students must solve problems on their own. All solutions must be self-contained; no references to facts and mathematical results beyond the high school standard curriculum are permitted (nor will they be necessary).

The explanations must be detailed and thorough. Professors of the Department of Mathematics at UAB will judge the entries. Your reasoning process and method of finding the solution will be evaluated. Criteria will include correctness and elegance of solutions. The decision of the judges is final. The entries will not be returned.

FORMAT AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Problems and a cover sheet will be faxed to participating schools on Thursday April 26th, 2001. Every participant must include a copy of the cover sheet; each solution must be written on a separate sheet of paper with the student name and the school name on it. Submit your entry by Tuesday, May 1st to:

UAB Math-by-Mail Contest
Department of Mathematics
UAB, UAB Station
Birmingham AL 35294-1170
 

Contact information:

Dr A. Blokh, Coordinator of Outreach Program
Department of Mathematics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294-1170
(205)934-2154
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UAB MATH-BY-MAIL CONTEST 2001, PROBLEMS

Problem 1. Find all integers n with initial digit 6 which have the following property: if the initial digit is deleted, the resulting integer m is equal to n/25.

Problem 2. We are given 27 coins of the same denomination; we know that one of them is counterfeit and that it is lighter then the others.

1) Locate the counterfeit coin by using three weighings on a pan balance.

2) How many weighings are necessary to solve the same problem with 243 coins and how would you do this?

Problem 3. Point O is given in the plane containing a square ABCD. Prove that the distance from O to one of the vertices of the square is not greater than the sum of the distances from O to the other three vertices.

Problem 4. Every living person has shaken hands with a certain number of other persons. Prove that the number of people who have shaken their hands an odd number of times is even.

Problem 5. Given 5 positive integers, it is known that any four of them can be divided into two groups, two in each group, so that the sum in each group is the same.

1) Show that all these integers are equal.

2) Solve the same problem with 13 integers for which it is known that any 12 of them can be divided in two groups, six in each group, so that the sum in each group is the same.

If you are interested in learning how to solve these problems and in other details concerning UAB Math-by-Mail Contest 2001 (including the names of the winners!) you can download all this information in PDF format.

  • Information about UAB Math-by-Mail Contest 2001 in   PDF