# Advanced Problem Solving

Math Olympiad and AMC8

## 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
- Contest 2: December 9, 2024 – January 3, 2025
- Contest 3: January 6, 2025 – January 31, 2025
- Contest 4: February 3, 2024 – February 28, 2025
- Contest 5: March 3, 2025 – March 28, 2025
**Five challenging math problems per contest.****Exams on paper:**All students participate simultaneously at Blue Ridge Boost.

### Benefits of Participation:

- Enhance problem-solving skills and flexibility.
- Strengthen mathematical intuition and ingenuity.
- Explore new and interesting mathematical concepts.
- Develop a love and enthusiasm for math.
- Experience the satisfaction of tackling challenging problems.

## 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