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Competition Math for Middle School Paperback – August 10, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1441488879 ISBN-10: 1441488871

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441488871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441488879
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jason Batterson is a curriculum developer at Art of Problem Solving (www.artofproblemsolving.com). From 2008-2010, Batterson taught math and ran the competition program at Ligon Middle School in Raleigh, NC. The school won state MATHCOUNTS championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and has consistently been the top middle school in the state for both the AMC8 and AMC10 competitions. In 2008 he was a recipient of the Edyth May Sliffe Award from the Mathematical Association of America for distinguished teaching in mathematics.

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Jason Batterson is a curriculum developer at ArtofProblemSolving.com. He previously taught math and ran the competition program at Ligon Middle School in Raleigh, NC. The school won state MATHCOUNTS championships in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and has consistently been the top middle school in the state for the American Math Competitions (AMC). In 2008 he was a recipient of the Edyth May Sliffe Award from the Mathematical Association of America for distinguished teaching in mathematics.

Batterson is currently authoring a new series of math books for younger students which can be found at www.BeastAcademy.com.

Customer Reviews

This is an impressive collection of competition math problems that are explained very well!
Archie Benton
Overall, I think this is an excellent resource for one who is serious about competition math and wants to excel in competitions like mathcounts.
A. Bhat
I highly recommend Competition Math for Middle School to any parent of a bright Middle School student.
david pereda

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jason F. Major on January 5, 2010
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I am a middle school math team coach constantly looking for good material to use with my students, as well as books that can teach me some better ways to work through the problems. This book gives me both, and I am ordering more for my math team because of it. Each concept is organized by larger topic and explained clearly, with practice problems similar to what you would find in a Math Counts or AMC contest. You will learn some new tricks (they were new to me at least) that helps solve problems much more quickly. I recommend it to new coaches who have caught the math competition bug but don't know where to get materials, or even experienced coaches who want another outstanding resource for their library. For someone still trying to learn all of the ins and outs of middle school math contests, this has vaulted into a spot as one of my go-to resources, along with the Art of Problem Solving series and old Math Counts problems.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Archie Benton on September 13, 2009
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This is an impressive collection of competition math problems that are explained very well! The book addresses multiple levels of ability and is a wonderful source of interesting mathematics. As a high school math coach of many years I can say that this book is NOT just for Middle School! It's a great high school math book. Math teachers everywhere need to be challenging students to think. "Competition Math for Middle School" is just what they need. I recommend this book to math teachers teaching everything from Algebra 1 to Calculus. Topics in the book include Number Theory, Geometry and Combinatorics. It's a treat!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SuperMom 44 on February 27, 2010
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We bought this for my son to help him study for the Math Counts competition - and just as a resource to supplement his math curriculum. He loved the book and found it VERY helpful. Would highly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Bhat on February 21, 2012
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I'm doing Mathcounts in my school, and wanted some resources to help me perform better in the chapter and state competitions. I was on and online course at artofproblemsolving.com for advanced Mathcounts/AMC 8, and in the previous years I had taken a course on Johns Hopkins CTY. I bought this book on Artofproblemsolving.com because it was meant for contest "mathletes" like me. Instantly, I focused areas on my weak sections of math, like probability/counting, and geometry. I reviewed the probability section for a few days and in what seems like an instant, it became my best subject. This book teaches the reader through the concepts first, with a few worked examples, then lets you do it on your own. The problems are challenging, fun, and serve as an excellent resource for sharpening skills on weak areas. Now, I'm working on the geometry section. Also, this book shows slick methods for hard problems, like "How many different rectangles can be formed on an 8x8 chessboard?" Overall, I think this is an excellent resource for one who is serious about competition math and wants to excel in competitions like mathcounts. A last thing I would recommend is that people who want to buy this book is that they should be somewhat confident that they will proceed to state mathcounts(or at least, have some experience).

In general, I thought this was an amazing book!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Seong H. Kim on February 15, 2010
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I use this book as a supplement to my daughter's school math. I like this book because it explains how simple mathematical concepts can be applied in competition level. This book provides with many practice questions that students can practice until they get familiar with similar questions. My daughter is smart but sometimes, can be scared of these competition math questions. This book is not too difficult that both average and smart students can learn from it. The explanation is simple but comprehensive. This book is not filled with those arrogant questions that can make kids feel defeatism in math. I gave the questions in the probability section to my daughter after she learned probability at the school. She learned how school math can be expanded and applied to the competition level from this book. Not all kids who are interested in math are genius. This book is for those students. I highly recommend this book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vivek Kaushal on December 9, 2010
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This book is good in parts but the difficulty is uneven across sections. Problems for some sections are "just right" in terms of the extent to which the subject matter has been introduced, and for the intended audience. Other sections have problems that basically go from "zero to 100mph" without much runway or introduction. I am still working through it with my son but we have learnt not to spend too much time on certain problems or sections that are not properly sized.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roney on July 20, 2011
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I am in my Math Counts team in Middle School and this was a great book. It talked about a lot of interesting math-related topics. All of my team mates had gotten this book, so I decided to buy it too and it was a good decision. I will recommend this book to everyone who needs some math competition help in middle school.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NWjames on September 26, 2011
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Love the book. Good examples and plenty of practice. We are not into competition Math. We only bought this book to challenge my son who is very good at Math, we use it as "daily challenge problem." The questions are not boring, explanations are very well worded. My son has a lot of fun with it. I suggest that you purchase this at Algebra level. We are doing pre-algebra, so it's still a bit hard, but manageable only because my son loves Math.
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