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The Contest Problem Book IX (MAA Problem Book Series) (Bk. 9) Paperback – July 8, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0883858264 ISBN-10: 0883858266

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Product Details

  • Series: MAA Problem Book Series
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: The Mathematical Association of America (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883858266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883858264
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compilation of 325 problems and solutions previously featured in the American Mathematics Competitions for students of all abilities in American and Canadian high schools. A problem index at the back of the book breaks major subject areas into subcategories and cross-references for ease of use.

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J. Douglas Faires received his BS in mathematics from Youngstown State University in 1963, and earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of South Carolina in 1970. He has been a Professor at Youngstown State University since 1980, and has been actively involved in the MAA for many years. He is currently a member of the MAA's Undergraduate Research and Undergraduate Student Activities Committees and he was the National Director of the AMC 10 Competition of the American Mathematics Competitions until 2007. Faires has been the recipient of many awards and honors. He was named the Outstanding College-University Teacher of Mathematics by the Ohio Section of the MAA in 1996; he has also received five Distinguished Professorship awards from Youngstown State University, and an honorary Doctorate of Science Degree in May 2006.


David Wells received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. He taught at Ohio Dominican University for six years and has been at the New Kensington campus of Penn State University since 1979. During his career at Penn State he has received both the Teresa Cohen Service Award from the New Kensington Campus. He has been a member of the MAA since 1974, holding several sectional and national positions during that time. He served as Governor of the Allegheny Mountain Section from 1996 to 1999 and has recently been appointed as Chair of the MAA Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions. He has chaired the AMC 12 Contest Committee since 2001. Dr. Wells received the Meritorious Service Award from the Allegheny Mountain Section of the MAA in 2005. His non-mathematical interests include hiking and songwriting.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2011
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This is a book that should be on the active use desk of every high school math teacher in the world. The problems were created for the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) exams that are for high school students so there is a wide variation in difficulty but none require any mathematics beyond the level of precalculus. The problems are multiple-choice and detailed solutions to all are included. Therefore, it is a perfect resource for the teacher looking for problems to challenge the class or to present a topic in a different way.
The book concludes with an index of the problems according to type, so it is very easy to find any problem that will conform to your needs and interests of the moment. It is also fun for more advanced mathematicians, I kept a notepad at my side as I was reading it and on many occasions picked it up and quickly verified what I considered to be the solution. Obviously, it is also an excellent resource for teachers training their students for math competitions.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suc Hamate on November 23, 2008
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To master mathematics, the kids have to learn step by step and keep doing exercises to become sharper and more acute when faced with difficulties. And here are they, the contest problem book series, aiming directly at this purpose. With detailed instruction and attached with solutions to each problem, this book will be a handy help.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cv on November 12, 2010
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I Knew what I was buying because a friend had lent me the previous edition. It is well organized, but I don't know if there are mistakes.
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