Los Alamos Student Slated for National Math Contest

Alex Wang. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

PROVIDENCE, RI – Alex Wang, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School, is one of 10 students nationwide selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2013 national “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” 9:30-11 a.m. (Pacific) Jan. 10 in the San Diego Convention Center.

The competition will be broadcast live: http://www.livestream.com/wwtbam2013

Fast Facts about Wang: He is one of two sophomores to qualify for the 2013 national “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.” In addition to being good in math, Wang loves to debate. He plans to use his winnings to pay for trips to national debate tournaments. He says that he can’t wait for summer, because he can “literally sleep all day without repercussions” and in the more distant future, retirement.

Wang was selected for the national “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” based on his score on a qualifying test with questions on algebra, trigonometry, probability, and math history, which was administered by high school math teachers nationwide.

“Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” fun to the nth power! This is the fourth year for the national contest. The AMS has been doing regional contests at universities and science centers from Boston to Hawaii since 2001. In the contest’s history, nearly 600 students have won more than $250,000 in cash and prizes and have been cheered on by approximately 20,000 classmates.

“Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” is part of the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, attended by more than 6,000 mathematicians. The top prize is $5,000 for the winner and $5,000 for the math department of the winner’s school.

Sponsors include Texas Instruments, Maplesoft, John Wiley & Sons, and the AMS.

Podcast interview with Alex Wang: www.ams.org/programs/students/wwtbam/podcast-wwtbam2013-alexandr-wang.mp3.

Meet the Contestants page: www.ams.org/programs/students/wwtbam/contestants-2013.

Website: www.ams.org/wwtbam/

Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, the 30,000-member AMS fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life.