USF to host middle school math contest

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The University of Saint Francis will host Indiana’s American Mathematics Competition, AMC 8, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Doermer Family Center for Health Science Education on the USF campus, 2701 Spring St., Fort Wayne.

The AMC 8 is a 40-minute, 25-question, multiple-choice contest open to middle school students.

The material comes from a middle school mathematics curriculum, and none of the problems require the use of algebra or a calculator. The student’s score is the number of problems correctly solved.

The evening begins with check-in and refreshments, with the test following. A program will be available to parents during the test, and the event will end with awards.

Approximately three weeks after the contest, AMC scores the tests, compiles and emails results back to the university. A written report follows, accompanied by any awards for the school. Students who score 20 or better on the AMC 8 are invited to take the next set of contests, the AMC 10/12.

USF is offering an optional one-hour AMC preparatory session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Doermer Family Center. To register for the competition, contact Carolyn Exner at cexner@sf.edu or phone (260) 399-8067.

First administered in 1950, the AMC is designed to increase interest in mathematics and develop problem-solving ability through a series of friendly mathematics competitions for students in the fifth through eighth grades up to the age of 14 and a half.

For more information about the AMC, contact USF mathematics professor Victor Kutsenok at (260) 399-7700, ext. 8237.