Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mass Points Geometry

Some of the harder/hardest questions at Mathcounts can be tackled at ease using mass point geometry
so spend some time understanding it.

Mass Point Geometry : This one is easier to understand with questions that have detailed solutions.

Mass Point Geometry : another link for basics

This year's Mathcounts handbook Mass Point Geometry Stretch
from page 39 to page 40

(Talking about motivation, yes, there are students already almost finish
this year's Mathcounts' handbook harder problems.)

From Wikipedia

From AoPS

Mass Point Geometry by Tom Rike

Mass Points by Kevin An

Videos on Mass Point :

Basics 

Mass Point Geometry Part I 

Mass Point Geometry : Split Masses Part II 

Mass Point Geometry : Part III 


Testimonials for my services. So far, most through words of mouth or chance meets online and it's great.

Hi,
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Summer is the best time to learn to your heart's content.

Consider joining my online community, learning problem solving and many others with
like-minded students who embrace much harder challenges and most importantly, have fun,
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Dear Mrs Lin,

I just did not get the opportunity earlier to thank you for all your help. _____ was able to make to the National MathCounts largely because of your excellent guidance and coaching. I do not know how to thank you. He had a great once-in-a-lifetime experience there and he really loved the competition as well as meeting other people.
If you can please provide me your mailing address, he wants to send you a gift as a token of thanks for your guidance and tutoring. 

Sincerely,


Dear Mrs. Lin,

I have been meaning to tell you, but just didn't get the time. He just 'LOVES' your sessions. He said he is learning so much and gets to do lots of problems and he likes all the tips/shortcuts you are teaching. He looks forward to your session - he was so upset when we couldn't get back on time from _____ because he didn't want to miss your session. Honestly we came back Tue night only because he cried so much that he didn't want to miss your class:) 

In school, his teacher focuses more on details like, put all the steps, write neatly, don't disturb the class by asking unnecessary questions, don't ask for more work, behave properly etc....so he is not too happy with math in school.

Thank you so much for making such a big difference in his life. He  enjoys doing the homework you are assigning him and has not complained at all. He said "Mrs Lin is so smart and I love her classes...wish she lived next to our house...so I can go to her and have live classes' [disclaimer : I'm not ; my students are much smarter than I and I learn along with them and it's exhilarating ]   Thank you so much!!

One thing he said was it would be helpful if he can have targeted practice worksheets on the tips covered during the class, after that class, so he can practice those shortcuts/tips more.

Hello Mrs. Lin,

This is ______ 's mom. We greatly appreciate your help in working with
______, keeping him motivated and providing him wth constant
encouragement. We are fortunate to have great mentors like you who
are so selfless in their services to our younger generation.

We have a request, can you please share your address. ______ wanted
to send you a card to express his thanks.

BTW, _______ has his chapter level competition tomorrow.

Warm Regards

Mrs. Lin,

Good Afternoon.
Me and my son, ___ and I, have used your blog pages and got a great insight into several of the techniques that you use to solve the problems. I am glad to inform you that _____ was placed 14th in the State Mathcounts for ____. Your blog information has helped us a lot in this preparation and we really want to appreciate all that you do in sharing the information. 

_____ is completing Geometry this year and he hopes to have a exciting next year for AMC 8 and Mathcounts. We hope to learn a lot more from your blog pages.

Regards,

Hi Mrs Lin,

I just finished The One World School House by Salman Khan and I have been thinking of you and the online community you created. Even though _____ and ____ have taken web based courses before, what makes your class different is your inspiration and enthusiasm - you really care about them as unique individuals and you sincerely expect the best from them, more than they (and I sometimes) think they can achieve. Thank you for encouraging them to become a more responsible and self driven learner.


Dear Mrs.Lin,

             I went to NSF tests today and got first place in the Math Bee III. The problems didn't seem that bad although I'm waiting to see my score online. I will most likely be going to nationals which will be held in Ohio this year so that's convenient. Lastly I would like to thank you for all you have done for me. I believe I've grown much more as a student under you and really appreciate everything you have shown me and taught me. I wouldn't be succeeding now if it wasn't for you. :)

Sincerely,

So far,in January state, in algebra 2 he came individual 2nd and one regional February he came 1st (competing with same state high school students while as an 8th grader) 

He could not participate in one regional bec of conflict with MathCounts chapter. We also want to share with you that he got admission into a private school for 9th gr with 100% scholarship. [more than 50 students in that high school are national merit semifinalists, so highly competitive]
Thank you,

There are many more but I'll take my time to update/upload these infor. sheets. 

To be continued ... 

I'm quite busy these days with resuming our Math Circle + many other projects (my students don't just except at math, but many other areas equally fun and challenging + most Asian students have much bigger problems with critical reading/not to mention writing, taking initiatives and being strong leaders, and those are my other projects. 

Work-Life balance is upmost important. Less is more.