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Join a Math Competition

Last updated on March 9, 2019

By Dr. Lingli Ni

What is your New Year’s resolution for 2019? Why not put your brain to the test and join a math competition this year? Joining a math competition is a great way to get yourself in gear for the new semester.

No matter what math courses you have or have not taken, there is at least one competition for math you can join.

Volunteer State Community College offers two types of math competitions every year: TMATYC and AMATYC.

Front Row Left to Right:  Hailey Hall, Logan Scruggs, Tram Le, Professor Elizabeth Forrester Back Row Left to Right:   Thomas Stevents, Brennon Jorgensen, Kayleigh Payne
Front Row Left to Right: Hailey Hall, Logan Scruggs, Tram Le, Professor Elizabeth Forrester
Back Row Left to Right: Thomas Stevents, Brennon Jorgensen, Kayleigh Payne

TMATYC stands for Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two Year College, while AMATYC stands for American Mathematical Association of Two Year College.

Community college students in Tennessee can join TMATYC as long as they have not earned any college degrees. The same goes for AMATYC, but for community colleges in America.

The program consists of five different tests of the following: math, pre-calculus, statistics, calculus A, and calculus B. Students can take one of the five tests according to the course they are taking for this program.

Over 60 students have joined the TMATYC math competition last year.

Also, over 200 students (eight from Tennessee community colleges and 10 from Vol State) have made it into the top 10 list. Three of them even made it to the top three and won cash prizes.

Every year our school joins TMATYC in November.

AMATYC math competition is testing on pre- calculus only and happens twice a year with round one being in October and round two following in February.

Round one and two scores will be added to determine the winner.

No matter the outcome, all students did their best.

Back Row Left to Right: Michael Henderson, David Loftis, Thomas Stevens, Tyler Fishback, Vincent McGuire
Back Row Left to Right: Michael Henderson, David Loftis, Thomas Stevens, Tyler Fishback, Vincent McGuire

Just like the Olympics, not everyone will win a gold medal. However, do not let this discourage you because that is the nature of competition.

Remember, you are competing with students that are in the same educational levels as you so that can make it tough. Math competitions are really about challenging yourself.

Math instructors can also help provide more details. If you are is interested, watch for the announcement in the fall semester as well.

We have past tests for students to practice if they are interested. A little preparation will also put you ahead of your peers.

You can use the competition as a test to see how much material you have learned in class and learn time management skills under pressure as well. Competing can help improve yourself.

Not only does it help in the educational sense, but it brings excitement, fulfillment and fun to your life.

Left to right: Daniel Collins and Professor Lingli Ni
Left to right: Daniel Collins and Professor Lingli Ni

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