20th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad

The Philippine Mathematical Olympiad, a nationwide mathematics competition open to all junior and senior high school students of the Philippines, is carried out in three stages.

The qualifying stage (to be held on October 28, 2017, Saturday) consists of a written exam administered in fifteen (I think) regional testing sites. The exam consists of fifteen multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each, ten multiple-choice questions worth 3 points each, and five answers-only questions worth 6 points each.

The area stage (to be held on November 25, 2017, Saturday) consists of a written exam administered in testing sites for the four areas (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and National Capital Region). The exam consists of twenty answers-only questions and three open-ended questions that require full solutions.

The national stage (to be held on January 20, 2018, Saturday) consists of a written exam and an oral exam administered in Metro Manila. The written exam consists of four open-ended questions that require full solutions to be answered in 4.5 hours. The oral exam (which is open to the public) consists of 30 questions read to the participants and to be answered within a specified time for each item.

Each school may send up to thirty participants (students with a final grade of 88% (or its equivalent) in mathematics in the previous school year). The participants with the top fifty scores in the qualifying stage per area will qualify for the area stage. The participants with the top twenty scores (national ranking) in the area stage will qualify for the national stage. The national finalists will be qualified to join the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Camp (MOSC). The representatives of the country to the International Mathematical Olympiad will be selected from the participants of the MOSC.

I am the regional coordinator for Region V (Bicol Region). Schools in Region V that are interested in participating should complete the official application form and submit it to me on or before 12:00 noon of October 6, 2017 (Friday). My contact information can be found in the official brochure.

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Types of academic publications

I recently gave a talk titled “Types of academic publications” as part of the research capability seminars and workshops organized by the University Research Council of Ateneo de Naga University. Here is a copy of the slides I used.

Conference and Enrichment Sessions on the New GEC

Last September 2-3, 2017, the Council of Deans and Department Chairpersons of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CODDCCAS) Region V held a Conference and Enrichment Sessions on the New General Education Curriculum at the Ateneo de Naga University in Naga City. According to the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office V CHED Regional Memorandum number 82 series of 2017, the activity aims to “enrich approaches in teaching the new GE courses that the General Education teachers will be handling this SY 2018-2019.”

I and Marivic Fullante handled the sessions on “Mathematics in the Modern World.” (I lectured during the morning of September 3, 2017, and she lectured during the afternoon.) Here are the slides that I used: Introduction, Mathematics in Our World, Mathematical Language and Symbols, Problem Solving and Reasoning, and Geometric Designs.

I also talked about the teaching of mathematics using the Filipino language.

Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching ‘Mathematics in the Modern World’

I was a speaker during the Council of Deans and Department Chairs of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CODDCCAS) Region V General Assembly held from July 17, 2017 to July 18, 2017 at the Mariners’ Polytechnic Colleges in Naga City. I presented a talk about my experiences being a trainer in the Second-Generation GE Faculty Training.

Click here to get a copy of my slides.

ADNU mathematics summer 2017 seminar-workshops

The Department of Mathematics of the Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) is organizing a series of seminar-workshops to be held on June 1, 2, and 3, 2017 at the Instructional Media Center of the ADNU main campus (at Bagumbayan Sur, Naga City). The resource speaker for all three seminar-workshops is Dr. Ian June L. Garces of Ateneo de Manila University.

The Seminar-Workshop on Formative Assessment and the Teaching of Math on June 1, 2017 (Thursday) has private and public high school (and possibly elementary) math teachers as the target audience.

The Coaches’ Training in Math Competitions on June 2, 2017 (Friday) has private and public high school math coaches as the target audience.

The Seminar-Workshop on Problem Solving and Mathematical Investigation on June 3, 2017 (Saturday) has high school and college math teachers and graduate students in math as the target audience.

Additional information about the seminar-workshops can be found here.

Second-generation training

(This post is an English translation of this one.)

I am a trainer in the “Second-Generation GE Faculty Training” described in Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) number 8 series of 2017 titled “Implementing Guidelines for the Faculty Training for the New General Education Core Courses: Second-Generation Training.”

Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) is a Delivering Higher Education Institution for this training. (See this letter from the CHED Office of Programs and Standards Development and this Memorandum from the Chairperson for Region V.) I am a trainer for the course “Matematika sa Makabagong Daigdig” (Mathematics in the Modern World). The training will be held in ADNU from April 24, 2017 to May 13, 2017.

Understanding Physiological Complexities using a Mathematical Microscope

When the Bicol Science, Technology & Engineering Conference 2017 was cancelled, one of the plenary speakers, Aurelio Asug De Los Reyes V, agreed to still give his talk but to a smaller audience: the faculty, staff, and students of Ateneo de Naga University. The talk on mathematical modeling of physiological processes is being organized by ADNU’s Department of Mathematics, Department of Natural Sciences, and Graduate School on January 25, 2017 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the CCMF Amphitheater. Admission is free.

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