2021_0119 math team!

Mon, Jan 18, 10:15 PM

Happy MLK day!

I hope that your mind and body are well rested as we come back to school this week… for some of you, literally.

Though some may be coming into the building tomorrow, we will continue to meet remotely via zoom, and for now, we will also meet at the same time.  If you will have to zoom in late, no worries… dial in if you can, or just meet up with us when you get home again.  All this is new, and we’ll figure things out as we go.  But to be clear: there is no in person meeting – we will meet via zoom.

We ended 2020 by winning a national math competition together, now we focus on our region with NSML and then our state with ICTM.  Accordingly, tomorrow we will spend:1.  8% of our time on opening remarks2.  100% of our dedication to NSML 4 topicsD.  70% of our extra mental capacity in outlining the extra ICTM events
=)  It’s late. I’m tired. 

See ya’ll tomorrow!


3:40 – 4:30ish


Math team!!!! 2021_0112

Mon, Jan 11, 3:47 PM

Welcome back everybody!
Tomorrow we are back into math team.  Although we have a new schedule that ends at 3:25 as opposed to 3:20, we will officially start at 3:40, though we hope to open the zoom call around 3:35 like before.  Teachers are in the building for the first time today, and to be honest, I’m not too sure how we want to do things… lots of things are still pretty fluid.
After a few announcements, we will indeed have a speaker from AOPS come in tomorrow for our call.  I don’t want to spoil the topic, but know that it is housed inside linear algebra… so again, please casually look up some terms and concepts regarding linear algebra and then zoom in to see what happens!  Should be fun and a nice way to ease into this new semester.
Same zoom link as always, with an official start time of 3:40.https://zoom.us/j/92119341972

see you tomorrow!pk

Math team? not today

Tues, Jan. 5, 1:00 PM

Just a reminder that there is no math team this week…We want the shock of returning to school to fade before we see your happy faces.
Next week we will be having someone from the Art of Problem Solving (AOPS) lead a talk for us.  Right now, the talk will assume a little bit of linear algebra knowledge, so if you get a chance, read up on some basic linear algebra concepts… =)  vectors, matrices, …  just familiarize yourself with terms if in fact we do go with a topic related to linear algebra… 
=)  see you in a week!pk


Mon, Dec 14, 1:11 PM

Hark! I bring to you a message of good cheer!  

… really, I’m forwarding an email from Mr. Anderson

For when you wake again, Math Team will be here!

… really, it’s not full on math team, it’s math madness glory

So make haste! oh vile evening, and bring to us a new day!

… yeah, we really want to see you zoom in tomorrow.

And now, Mr. Anderson:

Let’s put this in writing: Precision over pace but integrity over all of it!

We have advanced to the final rounds against the toughest remaining teams in the tournament!  We will meet TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15th 1:35-3 PM.   Your last possible final on this day would be ending at 1:25, so you would have 10-minute break before joining our normal zoom meeting.

Here is the code: https://zoom.us/j/92119341972

You may be wondering why it is such a wide time range.  We are now in the top 4 and we will actually complete with the championship questions after our final 4 round questions. We will do one 30-minute competition, ensure all the work is submitted, then complete the second 30-minute competition and make sure all the work is submitted before you leave.

Tell your friends and make sure you reserve this time.  The depth of our team is our strength, so we need everybody to be there.  That is right: EVERYBODY.  How many bodies? Every BODY!

Final note:  With the level of honor to be in the top 4, we must continue to share our work for these problems.  Last time some students still did not identify their answers from their work clearly.  Please box the answer you submit.  If you did the problem in your mind, write “I did this in my mind. ANSWER: 5″  Let’s make this improvement.  It will make my work much easier and prevent any team from challenging our results.

I look forward to another opportunity to think about math!  If there is something I missed, please let me know.

pk and ea and et. al.

12/8/2020 Math team

Mon, Dec 7, 8:14 PM

There are no two finer words in the English language than… Math Team.

Tomorrow we will meet to:

1. Go through some news and updates.. celebrate being awesome.

2. Breakout by year to introduce NSML topics

3. Enter the madness yet again… that’s right, Elite Eight!

Same Bat Time… Same Bat channel


3:35 – 4:30ish


12/1/2020 Math Team

Mon, Nov 30, 11:25 PM


It’s December and we are still staring at screens!  Yikes…

Well, if I have to stare at screens, I’m glad it can be together with you fellas.

Tomorrow we will run through some announcements and then do some last minute nsml prep.

Remember, our NSML event is Wednesday… if you will be participating, be sure to fill out this link:


We will likely announce contestants and such in our breakout rooms.

Then at about 4:05 we will press on to Madness and glory. 

I’m really proud of you guys and excited for all the problems you are being exposed to, strategies you are learning, and minor victories you are able to have along the way.

See ya tomorrow in zoom room: band-aid boom, rude bacon 

Tuesday. 12/1/2020

3:35 – 4:25ish



11/24/2020 Equipo de matemáticas

Mon, Nov 23, 8:33 PM

Sí amigos,

Mañana tenemos un reunión!

Tuesday. 11/24/2020

3:35 – 4:25ish


Tomorrow, after some funtivities and group learning, we will spend the bulk of our time in breakout rooms, working on topics and contests for NSML.

woot!  Can you believe that is Thanksgiving week?  Short week!  Aaaaaaahhh!  

See ya’ll tomorrow after school.  It will be fun.  I’m pretty excited really…


ARTHUR BENJAMIN: 11/17/2020 Math team

Sun, Nov 15, 7:46 PM

Dear math team, 

Woot!  Big week coming up.

Tuesday we will take a small break from our typical preparation and here from Havey Mudd professor and TED speaker, Arthur Benjamin.  His talk will begin around 3:40 and go for about half an hour, so be sure to zoom on in.  The majority of his time will be on mental math… should be fun!

After our time with the professor, we will spend about 15 minutes in our breakout rooms to prepare for NSML #3.  Remember, we are literally one four point question away from first place!  Every single question counts, and we want to put ourselves in the best position to perform well.  

Then, we continue in the madness!  After the first official round, Stevenson is….. ranked first!

But remember, each week is single elimination against the school that we compete in.  This week we compete against Diamond Bar High School of Diamond Bar, California. We will likely begin the madness around 4:35, so please try your best to stay with for a longer Tuesday event.  If you need to register, please be sure to contact Mr. Anderson or Ms. Renken.

I leave ya’ll with a couple tidbits.  

1.  Each week we seem to add a few more people to our email distribution list.  It’s encouraging that more and more people are reaching out to be a part of math team.  Big hello and welcome to newcomers this week!

2.  Do. More. Problems!  Each week I also seem to get an email asking, what can I do to get better?  It really is simple.  Do more problems.  Your NSML coach probably has given you a bunch of problems, and every AMC and AIME contest for the past few decades can easily be found online with worked out solutions.  So after completing your NSML problem sets, why not just work systematically through AMC contests?  I suggest starting with the year you were born, and work every problem, read up on solutions, and keep going until you get to 2020.  I suggest dedicating a notebook to this work, or keeping well organized notability documents.  Personally I prefer doing problems on paper, but I’m quickly appreciating the colors, highlighters, and shape tools as I do geometry problems digitally.  Find what works for you, and JUST DO PROBLEMS!

I’ll email again Tuesday morning to remind you of the meeting… until then, enjoy doing some recreational math on your own!

Math Team

Tuesdays. 3:35 – 4:25+



11/10/2020 Math Team

Mon, Nov 9, 11:27 PM

Ma-ma-ma-Maaaaaaaaaaath Teeeeeeam-eam-eam-eam-eam …

Yup, Tuesday is math day.

Tomorrow we will provide an update on how our contests have been going, give a few shout outs to high performers, preview our guest speaker for next week, lay down the calendar for the next few months, start our study of the next NSML topic, and end with some math madness!

It will be fun.  =)  

3:35 – 4:30 Tuesday