Monday, June 28, 2010

Mission 9: Are you XPerienced? Well, ARE YOU?!?

Complete the quest 'Are You XPerienced?' and receive your 600 XP bounty from AoPS!!!
(On Alcumus)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mission 8 (for realz this time!)

Everybody! Listen up. During this summer, we will need to have some sort of team practices. So we will try to meet on the FTW! server from 9:30 am - 10:30 am on Mon-Fri. If you don't have a username, get one and join the practices!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mission 8: Synchronized attempt on FTW!

i'll try to get everyone on FTW at a certain time. I think it will start after summer break starts. Keep an eye on this post, I will add dates and times, pay attention!

AoPS format change

the videos are now located under resources, however, the link doesn't really work. instead, use the links on the solution to each problem

the ning blog is now destroyed


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This is the temporary site.

I will start adding the posts that are on Ning to this site.
This is now the new site (if you don't know why, look for the newest discussion on the Ning blog).

Have fun!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mission 7: Mathcounts FTW!

go to FTW and play at least 2 games. give me your score as a comment to this blog. These 2 games can be created by you or joined by you. either way, get a feeling of how this program works. Also good interactive multi-player practice!

keep a lookout for any of your friends (aka classmates) and see if you can get them to join a game with you!

Mission 6: Watch and Learn

watch at least 3 vids from the Lessons subtab. I can't monitor this, but I will see if your stats steadily improve after you watch the videos. plus, they're entertaining too!

Mission 5: Amateur Status

try to raise your Alcumus score (viewed under Report) to at least 35. I will check to see if you have completed this task.

Mission 4: Try, try again

answer enough questions until you get a quest. then complete the quest. again, I will be monitoring your status.

Mission 3: Level UP

after doing questions, you will see the XP points bar rise if you answered the question correctly. Try for at least Lvl. 2 in each topic. However, I can't monitor your progress if I dont have your username. To find out how, look at Mission 2!

This is not hard, just don't give up because partial credit is awarded if you get it right on your second try!

Mission 2: invite friends (and at least me!)

to invite friends and let them see your stats, login to Alcumus, click on the Friends subtab and in the box, invite friend, type in the username of the desired person (you need to at least invite me!). I have invited everyone that has given me his/her username. I need to be invited so that i can monitor your progress.

Please proceed, i will post more "missions" later on.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

your report (under the report tab)

my fingers are sore from typing, so i'll keep this one short.

basically, the report tab shows your stats including problems right, # wrong, # given up, your Alcumus score (based on a algorithm that i don't know about), and your topics.

next to each topic(s) has the same breakdown, but with a bar representing your progress toward passage. When the bar is full, you've passed that topic, but Alcumus might still give you problems from that topic

Alcumus chooses your problems randomly, but tends toward ones you have trouble with (for me, Casework Counting). It tends away from those you've passed or shown mastery towards

it'll give you new topics sometimes, but usually not unless you've just started.

if you really stink at a topic or just don't get it, the topic will have vids that you can watch. Richard does the vids and you've got to love his sense of humor (remember, the vids are under the Lessons tab). After watching the vid(s) enough, click on the Get Problem link and take another stab at it.

For topics that you truly are bad at, use the vids and then change the Focus Topic (when you get a problem, it's on the right side) and change it for more practice (although Alcumus will probably drill you anyway)

have fun!!!!


congrats to those who have usernames!

no worries, AoPS (Art of Problem Solving) is completely free (unless you want online classes or purchasing a book from them!)

login at AoPS...

then click on Alcumus...

click on the Friends subtab under Alcumus...

add usernames in the box provided...


you can add multiple usernames (friends) and when others invite you, you can see their stats!

then click on Get Problem and start working!

quests will sometimes show up.. ignore those (unless you're really attentative)

if you get the problem wrong twice (or click I Give Up)

a solution will show up

i'll try to describe the other features later...

have fun!!


this earns you karma (the currency of Alcumus).

without it, you can't do anything (no vids, no problems, no bug reports, etc.)

commenting on a solution (the stars are at the bottom of the solution) will give you karma

getting a problem requires karma, looking at a vid (under the Lessons tab) requires karma (but you can comment on the vids), so don't waste karma!!

you start out with 1000 karma, so you're fine for a while

to earn karma, look at a vid and comment (by clicking on the stars) and type something in the comment box

this will give you 5 extra karma


explaining FTW!

FTW is an interactive multiplayer mathcounts 'game' (you know its eductational because of the quotes)
here's how it works:
click on the FTW tab, you might want to read the How to Play tab first because when you want 5*pi, you have to write 5*\pi (i think)

anyways, you can create games or join existing ones

you can even watch games if the game creator doesn't block spectators!

to create, click new game in the top-right and set your preferences in the dialog box

to join, click on any game that hasn't begun

to spectate, click on any game and click Spectate (if you can't, they have blocked spectators)

you get a rating based on wins and losses

explore more!!

(you can even chat!)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Your first mission: get an account at AoPS

google search: art of problem solving

click on the first link

click login
click register

follow the steps

when you have your account, give me your username...

i think i can manage all of your accounts somehow...
anyway... after registering go to FTW (for the win) or Alcumus and have fun!
my username is: mathrocks11