Welcome to the Montlake Math Challenge, Fall 2012 Edition! The MMC is an after school program for students who love math and want to extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the standard school curriculum. The focus will be on hands-on exploration, discovery, discussions, and games based on mathematical ideas. Yet, the class is a serious endeavor. Students will be expected to have their brains working, keep their attention on the problem in hand, and put some effort into homework.
Meeting Times: Mondays, 3:10-4:00
Location: Room 9 (Mr. Schultz' classroom)
First Day of Class: October 8, 2012
Instructors: Reid Dale, Sam Hopkins, Alexa Rust
Contact Information: reiddale [at] u [dot] washington [dot] edu
If you would like to enroll your child in Montlake Math Challenge, return the registration form (second page of this flyer) to the office by October 2, 2012.
Reid Dale: Reid is in his third year at the University of Washington studying Mathematics and
Philosophy. He is currently a teacher's aide for the University of Washington Early Entrance Program's
English course and is actively engaged in teaching gifted youth. He is very thrilled to be a part of the
Montlake Math Challenge program and will work hard to make this a fun and rewarding year.
Sam Hopkins: Sam is in his last year at UW, where he studies Mathematics, Computer Science, and
Philosophy. Sam views math as without a doubt the most beautiful human intellectual achievement, and
as such he is eager to share it anyone and everyone. He has experience teaching and tutoring everyone
from fifth graders to graduate students.
Alexa Rust: Alexa is in her second year at the University of Washington studying
Mathematics. Currently she is the vice president of the Math Club at the University of Washington.
Alexa tutored in the Math Learning Center at Shoreline Community College when she was a Running
Start student there. Alexa is excited to share her love of math and is very happy to be working with the
Montlake Math Challenge.
Archive of email updates.
- October 8: We had a great first day! Although the form may say otherwise, it's not too late to sign up, so if you're interested, please register. The kids should have hard copies of this, but in case not: here's a worksheet with some problems continuing what we did today. It's not mandatory homework, but we would like to discuss the problems next week, so we strongly encourage students to spend some time thinking about them.
- October 15: Today's worksheet on parity.
- October 22: Today's worksheet on logic.
- October 29: Today's auction problems.
- November 26: Today's worksheet on the pigeonhole principle.
- December 11: This weeks' grabbag of mathematical puzzles, with some super challenge problems.
- December 17: Today's auction problems (from Math Auction 2), including a Winter break challenge problem.
- December 18: Winter break challenge: we are designating problem 5 from the Pigeonhole worksheet, problem 3 from the puzzle worksheet, and problem 2 from the second math auction as Winter break challenge problems. We will disucss them with students who attempt them on our first day back (January 14); prizes may be awarded for solutions.
- December 18: Going on hiatus: we are going on hiatus for Winter break. Our first day back will be January 14th. Have a great break!
- January 17: We're back! Today's set theory worksheet, which we will return to at our next meeting on January 28th (we will NOT meet on the 21st due to the holiday).
- February 4: The second set theory worksheet.
- February 25: The third math auction problems.
- March 19: A variety of hat problems.
Archives of old materials
- MMC Winter, Spring 2007 (instructors: Robert Bradshaw, Michael Goff, UW)
- MMC 2007-2008 (instructor: Steve Klee, assistant: Amir Talebiliasi, UW)
- MMC 2008-2009 (instructor: Steve Klee, assistant: Sam Buelk, UW)
- MMC 2009-2010 (instructor: Eric Nitardy, assistant: Katia Nepom, UW)
- MMC 2010-2011 (instructor: Eric Nitardy, assistant: Katia Nepom, UW)