A first impression of The Art of Problem Solving website

This is a site whose participants show an intense interest in mathematical dialog.  They are as interested in posing problems as in solving them.

Under the Community tab there are dozens of categories for different types of problems.  These range from middle school topics on up to upper level undergraduate material and beyond.  The site doesn’t stop with math.  In the Liberal Arts section topics such in the sciences and even music and art have their own categories.
There are some very challenging problems posted under pre-olympiad, 14+. In fact, it seemed that this category could use more moderation, as most of the postings appeared to be well beyond the pre-olympiad level.  An international community participates, including professional mathematicians, some even post their own conjectures
The site offers courses (under the courses tab) and textbooks (under the bookstore tab).
Under the Alcumus tab the site offers systematic instruction in problem solving particularly in Algebra and Counting.  This is a system in which the student selects problems, then can get feedback  both from the site and from other students.
Under the Resources tab there are a number of pertinent articles for middle and high school math education .

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One Response to A first impression of The Art of Problem Solving website

  1. Richard Rusczyk, the creator of the site, hosted an event at Math 2.0 this Spring: http://mathfuture.wikispaces.com/Art+of+Problem+Solving I asked him about the level of problems. He said that since the community started some ten years ago, because of incredible support and communication, as well as availability of archived searchable resources, the level of problems kids are capable of posing and solving has been steadily going up. It’s pretty incredible by now, and there is no indication the trend will stop here. They are contemplating various measures to address the phenomenon, including changing competition formats or introducing more and less amateur divisions. If you have any ideas, consider discussing them at the forums!

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