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# Amc/aime/usamo...?

Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
edited August 2012
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?
Post edited by Arachnotron on

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

• Registered User Posts: 771 Member
I might be taking AIME later this year for my school's math club. I'd like to know what it's about as well. All I know so far is that there are 15 grid-in questions w/answers integers between 1 and 999 and that it is very difficult.
• User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 846 Member
I would say it's more about reasoning, IQ, and that stuff. Took AMC
• Registered User Posts: 1,607 Senior Member
The AMC/AIME/USAMO are the progressively difficult series of national level math exams. They require a high level of math ability, but not necessarily a very high level of course work. Google and you can find out much more.
Generally, to take the AIME, you have to qualify, normally by doing well on the AMC 10 or 12.
• Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
Well, does the AMC require more "reasoning" ability than regular SAT math? Or does it only get that difficult at the AIME/USAMO level?
• Registered User Posts: 902 Member
• Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
Uh...seriously? THAT's an example of the vaunted AMC? Pfft.

That #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?
• Registered User Posts: 733 Member
can you get a perfect score on amc? i don't think so. it's hard. the aime and usamo are even harder.

the sat math isn't that bad.
• Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
If the problems are like that, then I think I would have a fairly reasonable shot.
• Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
*bumpalicious*?
• Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
the problem given above is one of the easiest problem that can be given.
It 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.
• Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
Well, aren't mistakes indicative of not being able to solve the problems? Or do you mean trivial computational mistakes?
• Registered User Posts: 361 Member
SAT I Math is ridiculously easy compared to AMC.
• Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
But, like, is it because the problems just require more hardcore thinking or just more knowledge?
• Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
What do you mean, exactly? Are you saying memorizing techniques can offset lack of creativity?
• Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
its both.
first 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.
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