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Orme 'Mathletes' compete in national competition

Orme Mathletes at Las Vegas Competition.<br>
Courtesy Photo

Orme Mathletes at Las Vegas Competition.<br> Courtesy Photo

Seven Orme School "Mathletes" traveled to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to compete in the 2009 American Regional Math League competition this spring.

The 34th Annual ARML competition ran "simultaneously" at the University of Georgia, Penn State University, University of Iowa, and UNLV, making it a national competition. Additional teams from Asia made it an international event.

The competition combined students who scored high on local qualifying exams into regional teams.

Seven of Orme's 11 qualifiers were able to travel to Las Vegas for the competition. They formed a significant fraction of the "Desert Southwest Team" with their peers from Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada.

The Western Region included hundreds of students on teams from San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Bay Area, Washington, Oregon, and Utah, as well as the Desert Southwest.

Although the Desert Southwest team did not place in the top 10 nationally, they scored well overall and in many of the events and will build on this experience for future years' competitions.

More information on ARML can be found at the web site:

The Orme School offers a broad-based mathematics and science program to challenge its students of all abilities, including courses featuring business and consumer math, to the rigorous Advanced Placement courses in AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, and Advanced Physics: Electricity and Magnetism, which gain college level credit via the College Board AP Exams.

This year, Orme provided a full week of Math Camp to the Orme student Mathletes just prior to the ARML competition.

The Math Camp included studies in discrete math/linear algebra, and math-competition practice provided by Mr. Tim Sanders, President of MathLeague.Org, and studies in Functions of Complex Variables, Fourier Transforms, and the use of the sophisticated program, "Mathematica," given by the Orme School Mathematics staff.

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