Glossary

AMC—isn't that a movie theater? STEM—is that part of a plant? Here are some acronyms and abbreviations mentioned on the website.

 

AIME:

American Invitational Mathematics Examination, the second of two tests used to determine qualification for the USAMO, the first being the AMC. Exam consists of 15 questions and is to be taken in 3 hours.

 

AMC:

American Mathematical Competitions, the first of a series of competitions in high school mathematics that determine the United States team for the IMO. The AMC 8 has 25 multiple-choice questions and is to be taken in 40 minutes. The AMC 10 and AMC 12 each have 25 questions, and each is to be taken in 75 minutes.

 

ARML:

American Regions Math League is an annual high school mathematics team competition held simultaneously at four locations in the United States. ARML problems cover a wide variety of mathematical topics including algebra, geometry, number theory, combinatorics, probability and inequalities.

 

CHMMC:

Cal Tech / Harvey Mudd Math Competition, team math competition.

 

GATE:

A Gifted and Talented Education program in the United States.

 

HMMT:

Harvard MIT Math Tournament, high school individual and team math competition.

 

IMO:

The International Mathematical Olympiad, annual six-problem, 42-point mathematical olympiad for pre-collegiate students.

 

IphO:

The International Physics Olympiad, annual global Physics competition for pre-collegiate students.

 

MATHCOUNTS:   

A national math program for middle school students centered around a series of competitions.

 

MOSP:

Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program, a 3-4 week training program for young mathaletes.

 

PUMaC:

Princeton University Math Competition, annual competition in which teams of eight high school students compete in individual and team events.

 

STEM:

An acronym for the fields of study in the categories of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

 

USAMO:

United States of America Mathematical Olympiad, serves as the final round of the AMC series of contests. Top scorers on the USAMO usually represent the United States at the IMO. It is a six-question, two day, nine-hour essay/proof examination.

 

USAPhO:

The USA Physics Olympiad, consisting two rounds of Physics competition in the United States. The first round is the preliminary competition and is also called "F=ma" examination consisting of multiple choice questions. The second round is the semi-final free response examination for the top 300 to 400 students from the "F=ma" examination.

 

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