We close up Volume 13 with an interview with Middlesex Community College Associate Professor of Mathematics Aisha Arroyo. We frequently meet girls who like math but are not interested in math competitions. However, there certainly are girls who enjoy math competitions, and Prof. Arroyo was one of them in her student years. Today, she is actively involved in college-level math education.
The Summer Fun Solutions take up most of this issue, but we do squeeze in a Meditate to the Math on barycentric coordinates. Always try to understand the mathematical facts that you encounter. Don’t settle for memorizing them. The point of Meditate to the Math is exactly to approach mathematics through conceptual understanding.
The Summer Fun Solutions are quite detailed this year, and I’d like to thank Jasmine Zou and Matthew de Courcy-Ireland for their complete solutions that explain a lot of math in the process. For example, how quickly can you compute, with paper and pencil, the sum of the first 1,000 perfect 10th powers? Matthew shows us the way in complete detail.
These solutions also make heavy use of the Pell equation , and its integer solutions are covered in quite a bit of depth.
We hope you enjoy it!
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