Game Theory

Game theory is considered by many to be a complex yet simple theory that deals with rules, probability, and math. Essentially, it is the study of thinking in different situations where the motives of the other decision makers affect the thinking processes of others. Some may ask, how is math involved in game theory? Or […]

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Professor Klee’s Talk

On January 7th, Professor Steven Klee from Seattle University visited WSMA to give an hour long talk regarding the importance of math after high school. Professor Klee has taught numerous mathematics courses at Seattle University since 2012 after receiving his PhD in mathematics from the University of Washington. He has published over thirty papers and […]

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Newport Heights Game Night

Every year, a local school, Newport Heights Elementary, hosts a game night for elementary-age kids to participate. At the event, our organization, the Washington Student Math Association (WSMA), hosts a station dedicated solely to playing math-related board games. I decided to use this year’s Game Night, which took place on November 3rd, to discuss some […]

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The Fibonacci and Lucas Sequences

The Fibonacci numbers were first introduced by Fibonacci in his book Liber Abaci. As he was considering the growth of an idealized rabbit population, he noticed that there was one pair of rabbits at the end of the first month, two pairs of rabbits at the end of the second month, three rabbits at the […]

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WSMA Math Bowl 2017 Recap

The Washington Student Math Association (WSMA) hosted their annual Math Bowl event on April 30th at Newport High School.   Every year, the organization plans and organizes the math competition for 5th-8th graders in the Puget Sound area. Teams of three or four register together and compete within their category (5th-6th or 7th-8th).   Math Bowl […]

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Mu Alpha Theta Recap

Mu Alpha Theta is a state-level competition hosted by the national Mu Alpha Theta organization. This year’s competition took place on March 18 at Thomas Jefferson High School. Competitors are split into three different categories, depending on the level of math they are taking in school. Mu is for students currently taking Calculus, Alpha is for Pre-Calculus, and […]

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All About MATHCOUNTS

MATHCOUNTS is a national competition series that is open to all middle school students. There are four levels of competition: School, Chapter, State, and National. School and Chapter competitions usually begin in January and the series ends with the National competition in May. Each competition consists of four different parts: Sprint Round, Target Round, Team […]

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Upcoming Knights of Pi Math Tournament

The annual Knights of Pi Math Tournament (KPMT) is coming up soon! This year it will be held on Saturday, January 7th at Newport High School. KPMT is hosted by Newport Math Club and is aimed towards 5th to 8th graders. The competition is split into two divisions, 5th-6th graders and 7th-8th graders, and it […]

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Zeno Seattle MathFest 2016 Recap

Zeno is a non-profit organization in Seattle that aims to inspire kids’s passions for math. Zeno engages elementary school students from communities in need with activities that increase their confidence in math. On November 10th, Zeno held it’s annual MathFest event at the Ranier Community Center in Seattle. Most of the kids who attended the event […]

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Fall Startup Recap

Fall Startup took place on October 6th, 2016. It was held at high schools across the nation. This competition, catered mostly towards grades 9-12, focused on speed; competitors were given 30 minutes to answer as many of the 100 problems on the test as they could. Most of the problems were straightforward and basic competition-style questions, and […]

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