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Arachnotron
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Do the AMC/AIME/USAMO require a higher level of "reasoning ability" than SAT I math? Or is it a test of just learning theorems and applying them?

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## Replies to: Amc/aime/usamo...?

771Member846Member1,607Senior MemberGenerally, to take the AIME, you have to qualify, normally by doing well on the AMC 10 or 12.

1,761Senior Member902Member1,761Senior MemberThat #13:

Let A, B, and C, denote the radii of the circles after which they're named.

2A + 2B + 2C = 12

A+B+C = 6

A+B = 3

A+C = 4

B+C = 5

Solve everything in terms of A...

A = A

B = 3-A

C = 5 -(3-A) = 2+A

6 = A+5

A = 1

A = 1; B = 2; C = 3

Sum of Areas = (1^2)pi + (2^2)pi + (3^2)pi = 14 pi.

That's easier than an SAT geometry problem, yes?

733Memberthe sat math isn't that bad.

1,761Senior Member1,761Senior Member69Junior MemberIt gets a lot harder as the problem numbers go up.

Mostly, you have to score above 100 on AMC12 to get into AIME.

Trust me, it is WAY harder than SAT1 math or SAT2 math.

People who can get into AIME can basically ace SAT1 math unless they make mistakes.

1,761Senior Member361Member1,761Senior Member1,761Senior Member69Junior Memberfirst 15 problems or so are relatively easy.

Then, from on, you need to think rele creatively or more knowledge might actually help u.

Although calculus does not help at all I believe.