Congratulations!

Congratulations on being accepted to BEAM 7 for 2017!  This summer, you will live on a college campus, learn amazing mathematics from top instructors, and discover great new friends who all love math.  After the summer, we will help you get into great high schools, other summer programs, math contests, and much more.

This page contains all the information you need for this summer.  Everything here has also been mailed to you.  At the end of the summer, this page will announce alumni events and opportunities.

Pizza Lunch (Sign Up Here!)

Join us for a meal and learn more about the program.  You can meet our staff, students from past years, and many of the other students who will be joining you this summer!  We'll also answer any questions you have.

  • Pizza Lunch 1: Saturday, April 1, 11am-1pm at New York University.  Directions
  • Pizza Lunch 2: Saturday, April 22, 11am-1pm at New York University.  Directions

Please note that space is limited, so you may only attend one of the events.

To attend, please fill out this page so that we can order the correct amount of food.

Registration Material, Information, and Forms 

Drop-off Information 

All students will meet at Bryant Park (click for directions). If you are going to the Union College Site, please arrive by 11am.  If you are going to the Bard College Site, please arrive by 12pm (noon).  

Math! 

Want to get a head start?  Here's some great math to check out ahead of time.

Videos

  • An awesome video from Vi Hart about drawing the Dragon Curve.
  • How to add the numbers 1 through 100 from Richard Rusczyk at Art of Problem Solving.  They have tons of great videos there, look around!
  • Nature by Numbers is about how the Fibonacci Numbers appear in nature.  What are the Fibonacci numbers?  The first one is 0.  The next one is 1.  Each one after that is the sum of the two before it.  So they go: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, ... 

Challenge Problem

Here's the first Challenge Problem for this summer!  Challenge problems are given to everyone at the program and you can work together.

A palindrome is a number that reads the same backwards and forwards, such as 1331 or 97879.  Find a positive number other than 1 that divides all four-digit palindromes.  Why is every four-digit palindrome divisible by that number?

A complete answer to this question requires more than just finding the number (but that's probably the first step).  You also have to prove that it works: explain why every four-digit palindrome actually is divisible by that number.

That's all for now...

See you this summer, and don't forget to send e-mail or call if you have any questions.