Purple Comet! Math Meet - The First Ten Years

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This book is a comprehensive compilation of all the problems and solutions from the 2003 to 2012 Purple Comet! Math Meet contests for middle and high school students. The problems featured not only employ an extensive range of mathematical concepts from Algebra, Geometry, Number Theory, and Combinatorics, but also encourage team collaboration. Whether looking to prepare for contests or - even more importantly - sharpening one's math problem solving skills, any student interested in mathematics would cherish and enjoy this unique and pertinent collection of meaningful problems and solutions.

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Dr. Titu Andreescu is an associate professor of mathematics in the Science and Mathematics Education department at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Much of his career has been devoted to competition math, an efficient medium for teaching creative problem-solving for a wide-range of math topics. With over 30 years of experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring the brightest mathematical minds of our age, Dr. Andreescu's books are essential for every math enthusiast's library. Here are just a few highlights from his distinguished career: -Authored, co-authored, and edited more than 40 math books and publications -Head coach and leader of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) for 8 years -Director of the Mathematical Association of American (MAA) American Mathematics -Competitions for 5 years -Has contributed hundreds of problems to various math competitions including up to and including the IMO -Co-founder of the Purple Comet! Math Meet, the first international team based math competition -Founder and Director of AwesomeMath, an organization that provides enriching experiences in mathematics to intellectually curious learners.

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My kids have been participating in the Purple Comet Math Meet for the past 4 years. As homeschoolers, finding opportunities where they can work together on a team to solve interesting problems was never an option until the Purple Comet came along. The problems themselves are great preparation for AMC contests and cover a wide variety of topics, however, this book starts training the kids to problem solve at the middle school level and guides them all the way to high school level problem solving. Topics like Number Theory and Combinatorics become accessible to a younger generation while exciting their interest in math. We love having so many of these problems together in one book, especially since we missed the earlier competitions. The authors' experience in problem writing is evident by the elegance of the concepts they introduce. We love this book! --David Cordeiro

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