Who Wants to Be a Mathematician?
Above, contestant Alexander Zhu, host Mike Breen and winner Linus Hamilton.
About 6,000 mathematicians descended on Washington this week for a conference hosted by the American Mathematical Society. I was among them yesterday for a session on math education with some inspiring middle school teachers.
If any of you attended, I'd love to hear what you learned!
I also want to give a shout out to Linus Hamilton, a 14-year old freshman from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George's County who won first prize, $3,000, and a graphing calculator in the "Who Wants To Be a Mathematician" competition.
Overall, he said the questions were "medium hard" and that he was "really nervous." He plans to put the money into a college account.
The other contestants were:
Alexander Zhu (Poolesville High School)
Akshar Wunnava (Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology)
Siyun Lai (Washington-Lee High School)
Alex Golden (Springbrook High School)
Rachel Coston (Potomac Falls High School)
Rachel Zhang (Walt Whitman High School)
Michael Lindsey (St. Albans School)
Here are some sample questions from a test these students took to qualify for the contest:
How many positive integers between 1 and 101 are multiples of 5 but not multiples of 7?
Four fair coins are tossed. What is the probability that the number of heads is greater than, but not equal to, the number of tails?
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