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1 Build a Solid Math Foundation to Succeed in Global Competition Dr. Kevin Wang Math Zoom Academy

2 打好数学基础 国际竞争必胜 王锋博士 Math Zoom Academy

3 The World is getting smaller. The competition is more intense.

4 Respond to the Global Competition Technology is reforming the world. Technology is reforming the world. Get yourself prepared for the Get yourself prepared for the global competition. global competition.

5 Math Zoom Academy5 Math is Your Passport; Math is Your Passport; Global Knowledge is Your Visa. Global Knowledge is Your Visa.

6 Math Zoom Academy6 My own story My own story What are my college friends doing? What are my college friends doing? A broader career prospective A broader career prospective What Can You Do with Math?

7 Math Zoom Academy7 My Own Story 20 years ago my IMO and other math contest experience helped me earn scholarships that supported me getting my Ph.D. degree in mathematics. 20 years ago my IMO and other math contest experience helped me earn scholarships that supported me getting my Ph.D. degree in mathematics. Became math faculty at Universities. Became math faculty at Universities. Worked in global technology companies. Worked in global technology companies. Started Math Zoom Academy, became math coach and educator. Started Math Zoom Academy, became math coach and educator.

8 Math Zoom Academy8 My Own Story 20 years later, I am back to Beijing, here with my bright students, with the USA math teams for the World Math Team Championship. 20 years later, I am back to Beijing, here with my bright students, with the USA math teams for the World Math Team Championship. Every step in my journey, my math contest experiences played significant role. That’s why I wanted to dedicate myself to the world of math education. Every step in my journey, my math contest experiences played significant role. That’s why I wanted to dedicate myself to the world of math education.

9 Math Zoom Academy9 What My College Friends Are Doing Quantitative analysts, fund managers Quantitative analysts, fund managers and investment bankers on Wall Street and investment bankers on Wall Street Mathematicians Mathematicians Technology professionals Technology professionals Engineers and engineering executives Engineers and engineering executives Successful business owners Successful business owners College professors and administrators College professors and administrators Math teachers and coaches Math teachers and coaches

10 Math Zoom Academy10 There is One Thing in Common The math training developed the sharp The math training developed the sharp minds that helped us handle all the minds that helped us handle all the career challenges at ease career challenges at ease

11 Math Zoom Academy11 A Broader Career Prospective Actuaries Actuaries Imagineers Imagineers Cryptographists Cryptographists New careers to be created with the New careers to be created with the technology advancement technology advancement

12 Math Zoom Academy12 Math is Your Passport Math is not only a computing tool Math is not only a computing tool Math helps develop critical thinking skills Math helps develop critical thinking skills Math prepares you for innovation Math prepares you for innovation Math sharpens your mind Math sharpens your mind Math helps develop logical thinking skills, Math helps develop logical thinking skills, and helps see the world with better clarity and helps see the world with better clarity

13 Math Zoom Academy13 Math is Your Passport Critical thinking and problem solving skills Critical thinking and problem solving skills differentiate the economic leaders from differentiate the economic leaders from the laggards. the laggards. --PISA (Program for Student Assessment conducted by Organization for --PISA (Program for Student Assessment conducted by Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation) Economic Development and Cooperation)

14 Math Zoom Academy14 Global Knowledge is Your Visa Today we gather with friends from all Today we gather with friends from all over the world, all share the same passion over the world, all share the same passion for math for math Go see the world Go see the world Learn a different culture Learn a different culture Engage in culture exchange activities Engage in culture exchange activities Make friends with people from Make friends with people from different cultures different cultures

15 Math Zoom Academy15 Math and Culture

16 Math Zoom Academy16 Shopping for Holiday Feast (adapted from a traditional Chinese problem) Suppose a turkey costs $18, a pumpkin is $3, and four eggs for $1. You bought turkeys, pumpkins, and eggs, total 99 items, and spent $100. How many items of each type did you buy?

17 Math Zoom Academy17 Shopping for Holiday Feast Solution Solve the diophantine equation: x + y + z = 99 18x + 3y + z/4 = 100 Standard solution to this equation is long and mechanical.

18 Math Zoom Academy18 Shopping for Holiday Feast Solution Solve the diophantine equation: x + y + z = 99 18x + 3y + z/4 = 100 Fastest solution: smart trial and error. x = 3 ($54), y = 8 ($24), z = 88 ($22)

19 Math Zoom Academy19 Halloween and Christmas How many of you know about Halloween? - A western holiday observed on Oct Trick or treat - Wearing costumes - Scary decorations - Horror movies

20 Math Zoom Academy20 Halloween and Christmas How many of you know about Christmas? - A western holiday observed on Dec Family reunion - Santa Claus - Presents - Christmas trees & lights

21 Math Zoom Academy21 Tell me why - Halloween = Christmas ?

22 Math Zoom Academy22 Solution Place values and number bases Place values and number bases Dec = Decimal, base 10 Dec = Decimal, base 10 Oct = Octal, base 8 Oct = Octal, base 8 31 (base 8) = 3 x = 25 (base 10) therefore Oct 31 = Dec 25

23 Math Zoom Academy23 You are all invited to apply for the Math Zoom Summer Program in California and New Jersey to hone your math skills, and make friends from all over the world.

24 Math Zoom Academy24 THANK YOU! Contact: Kevin Wang (949)


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