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Purple Comet! Math Meet - The First Ten Years (Xyz) Hardcover – April 30, 2013

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  • Series: Xyz
  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: XYZ Press; 1st edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979926912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979926914
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My kids have been participating in the Purple Comet Math Meet for the past 4 years. As homeschoolers, finding opportunities where they can work together on a team to solve interesting problems was never an option until the Purple Comet came along. The problems themselves are great preparation for AMC contests and cover a wide variety of topics, however, this book starts training the kids to problem solve at the middle school level and guides them all the way to high school level problem solving. Topics like Number Theory and Combinatorics become accessible to a younger generation while exciting their interest in math. We love having so many of these problems together in one book, especially since we missed the earlier competitions. The authors' experience in problem writing is evident by the elegance of the concepts they introduce. We love this book! --David Cordeiro

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Dr. Titu Andreescu is an associate professor of mathematics in the Science and Mathematics Education department at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Much of his career has been devoted to competition math, an efficient medium for teaching creative problem-solving for a wide-range of math topics. With over 30 years of experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring the brightest mathematical minds of our age, Dr. Andreescu's books are essential for every math enthusiast's library. Here are just a few highlights from his distinguished career: -Authored, co-authored, and edited more than 40 math books and publications -Head coach and leader of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) for 8 years -Director of the Mathematical Association of American (MAA) American Mathematics -Competitions for 5 years -Has contributed hundreds of problems to various math competitions including up to and including the IMO -Co-founder of the Purple Comet! Math Meet, the first international team based math competition -Founder and Director of AwesomeMath, an organization that provides enriching experiences in mathematics to intellectually curious learners.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eudaimonia Dad on February 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My kids have been participating in the Purple Comet Math Meet for the past 4 years. As homeschoolers, finding opportunities where they can work together on a team to solve interesting problems was never an option until the Purple Comet came along. The problems themselves are great preparation for AMC contests and cover a wide variety of topics, however, this book starts training the kids to problem solve at the middle school level and guides them all the way to high school level problem solving. Topics like Number Theory and Combinatorics become accessible to a younger generation while exciting their interest in math.

We love having so many of these problems together in one book, especially since we missed the earlier competitions. The authors' experience in problem writing is evident by the elegance of the concepts they introduce. We love this book!
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Titu Andreescu is a catalyst for excitement in math for the young and talented. This collection of problems from an online contest is another of his additions to the fun awaiting those who are willing to take a chance. It is nice to have the problems all in book format. The problem sets cover a wide range of type and difficulty.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria Droujkova on December 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What is a math meet? The traditional big events for problem-solving Math Circles are math competitions. There are many competitions, but Purple Comet! math meet stands out because of its clever, modern design. As other quality competitions, Purple Comet! offers children original, meaningful, interesting, tricky problems that are a joy to solve – that is, real mathematics. But there is more:

1. Global network, local communities. Purple Comet! is an international festival and an online event – but it consists of local experiences with friends. The global network generates energy, problem-posing support, and the sense of scale that a local circle would not achieve alone. But local communities provide the depth of discussion, camaraderie and nurturing that a global network lacks. Together, the two aspects work their magic.

2. Teamwork. The vast majority of math and science is done collaboratively, but children often take tests and competitions alone. Purple Comet! invites teams to solve problems together, only competing against other teams. This allows for more interesting types of problems. For example, some problems require insight, which is more likely to happen in group brainstorming. Other problems split into multiple sub-problems, so each person can tackle a piece of the bigger puzzle.

3. Technology is welcome. While doing things by hand can be artistic, quaint, or cute, most children who love science and math, and of course all STEM professionals, use computational tools in their problem-solving. Purple Comet! problems are designed with computing devices in mind. The problems focus on ingenuity and reasoning, rather than memory or computation.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David M. Wells on April 8, 2014
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Since the 2003 debut of the Purple Comet! Math Meet as an online contest for middle school and high school students, the contest has featured original problems of high quality composed by two experienced problem writers, Titu Andreescu and Jon Kane. Less well known than other national and international contests, the Purple Comet! has been something of a hidden gem in the world of mathematics competitions. Now Professors Andreescu and Kane have for the first time gathered together all 415 problems and solutions from the first ten years of the contest. The resulting volume deserves the attention of students ranging from math contest novices to aspiring Math Olympians, and their teachers and coaches as well.
A quick glance at the problems from any year reveals three of their outstanding characteristics. First, these problems are original, not just minor revisions of problems borrowed from other contests. Even owners of other contest problem books will find fresh themes and new ways to apply familiar techniques. Second, the problems are highly engaging, having the sort of “puzzling force” that makes any mathematically curious reader want to solve them. Third, the problems span a surprisingly wide range of difficulty. In both the middle school and high school contests, the easiest Purple Comet! problems can be solved by an average student with no prior contest experience, while the hardest of the high school problems will challenge all but a few thousand of the world’s brightest students.
A few other features of the book deserve mention. Because the position of a problem in a contest does not always reflect its difficulty, an appendix lists each problem with an assigned difficulty level on a five-point scale, presumably corresponding to student success rates.
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