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Arachnotron
Posts: **1,761**Registered User Senior Member

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...?

771Registered User Member846User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member1,607Registered User Senior MemberGenerally, to take the AIME, you have to qualify, normally by doing well on the AMC 10 or 12.

1,761Registered User Senior Member901Registered User Member1,761Registered User Senior 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?

733Registered User Memberthe sat math isn't that bad.

1,761Registered User Senior Member1,761Registered User Senior Member69Registered User Junior 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.

1,761Registered User Senior Member361Registered User Member1,761Registered User Senior Member1,761Registered User Senior Member69Registered User Junior 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.