# Advanced Problem Solving

Math Olympiad and AMC8

MOEMS is a challenging and engaging math competition for middle schoolers, featuring five monthly contests from November to March that focus on problem-solving and mathematical creativity. Similarly, the AMC 8 is a 40-minute math competition designed for students in grade 8 and below, covering a range of middle school math topics, including some concepts from introductory algebra. At Blue Ridge Boost, students participate in weekly problem-solving sessions to prepare for these competitions, and they have the option to take the tests if they choose to do so.

## Math Olympiad

The Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS) offers an exciting opportunity for middle schoolers to dive into the world of problem-solving and mathematical exploration.

### What are MOEMS Competitions?

MOEMS competitions are monthly contests designed to challenge and inspire students who love math. They focus on developing problem-solving strategies, logical thinking, and mathematical creativity.

### Key Features:

**Five monthly contests**held from November to March.

- Contest 1: November 11, 2024 – December 6, 2024

**Five challenging math problems per contest.**

**Exams on paper:**All students participate simultaneously at Blue Ridge Boost.

### Benefits of Participation:

## AMC8

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute math contest designed for students in grade 8 and below. It introduces students to a variety of mathematical problem-solving techniques that are different from those typically encountered in school curricula.

The material covered on the AMC 8 includes topics from a typical middle school mathematics curriculum. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

**Counting and Probability:**Basic counting principles, permutations, combinations, and probability calculations.

**Estimation:**Approximating values and making educated guesses.

**Proportional Reasoning:**Understanding ratios, proportions, and their applications.

**Elementary Geometry:**Concepts such as the Pythagorean Theorem, areas, perimeters, and volumes.

**Spatial Visualization:**Problems requiring the visualization and manipulation of objects in space.

**Everyday Applications:**Real-world math problems applying mathematical concepts to daily life scenarios.

**Reading and Interpreting Graphs and Tables:**Analyzing and drawing conclusions from various data representations.

**Linear or Quadratic Functions and Equations:**Basic algebraic concepts including solving equations and understanding functions.

**Coordinate Geometry:**Graphing points, lines, and understanding geometric relationships in the coordinate plane.

**AMC 8 Competition:** January 22 - 28, 2025