Week 1/2 Class: Math Team Strategies

How do strong mathematicians think? How do they work? That's the goal of our problem solving classes at BEAM!

At the beginning of the program, students got to choose between Solving Big Problems and Math Team Strategies.  In Math Team Strategies, the goal is to prepare for math competitions, like MATHCOUNTS, the AMC 8, or Purple Comet. Math competitions and math teams praise clever, efficient thinking, finding solutions and shortcuts that save time and still make mathematical sense!

In class, students were working on problems like the following one, combining their knowledge of geometry and number theory:

Pentagonal Numbers

And here are the students hard at work, trying to break the problem down and explain their solution.