Lehigh Valley American Regions Math League team

Joining the Lehigh Valley ARML team

The next ARML contest will probably be June 3, 2017.

The 2017 Lehigh Valley team will again have five teams of 15 people, the Fire, the Ice, the Lightning, the Thunder, and the Storm. Selection for the 2017 team is based primarily on score on the Lehigh Contest late Feb or early March 2017. Performance in practices, and scores on the AMC and AIME, and in MathCounts will also be important in determining placement among our five teams. Practices are held at Lehigh University Sundays from 3:30 to 6:00.

During the summer (2016), I will send out several problem sets. We will have three practices in the fall, probably Sept 25, Oct 23, and Nov 13. If you were not on the 2016 team and wish to attend, contact Don Davis, in order to obtain permission to attend. Our practice room can only accommodate 78 people, which is the main reason that we may restrict the people who are allowed to attend our practices. Fall practices are "open," in that non-team members are allowed to attend (if approved in advance). You can also request to receive the summer problem sets.

In recent years, the team has included many students from 75 or more miles away from Lehigh in all directions, including New Jersey. Students whose schools participate in the Central Jersey Math League are not eligible to be on the LV ARML team, nor are students from West-Windsor Plainsboro High School.

Although ARML consists of difficult questions in high school mathematics, we have found that talented middle school students can perform very successfully at ARML. The 2010 national champion Lehigh Valley Fire team included an eighth grader and a seventh grader among its 15 members. One way for prospective students to decide whether they might fit into the team is to look at some of the old Lehigh math contests. Out of the 40 questions on the 2016 contest, most people on the Storm team answered 11-17 correctly, the Thunder team answered 14-19 correctly, on Lightning 16-25, on Ice 17-26, and on Fire 20-32. Many other factors are taken into account for team placement, but these scores correlate highly with team placement.

If on June 2, 2017, we have more than 75 people who want to go, then those not selected to one of the five teams can go as alternates. Alternates go with the rest of the team, wear the LV T-shirt, but participate on a team of alternates from various areas. Many LV ARML members have gone as alternates in past years and enjoyed the experience.

In 2016 all costs were covered by our sponsors. This should again be true in 2017. The primary sponsor of the team is Paul Martino, who graduated from North Penn HS in 1992 and Lehigh Univ in 1995. He founded several Silicon Valley companies, most recently Bullpen Capital, and has made a substantial contribution to the LU Contest and LV ARML team for the past nine years. Other sponsors are Google, Lehigh University Department of Mathematics, and Rotor Bearing Technology and Software. Any corporation interested in sponsoring a portion of the expenses of the Lehigh Valley ARML team should contact Don Davis.

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