Mathematics and Statistics Faculty and Staff Publications

My High School Math Notebook vol. 2

Florentin Smarandache, University of New Mexico

Abstract

Since childhood I got accustomed to study with a pen in my hand. I extracted theorems and formulas, together with the definitions, from my text books. It was easier, later, for me, to prepare for the tests, especially for the final exams at the end of the semester. I kept (and still do today) small notebooks where I collected not only mathematical but any idea I read in various domains. These two volumes reflect my 1973-1974 high school studies in mathematics. Besides the textbooks I added information I collected from various mathematic books of solved problems I was studying at that time. In Romania in the 1970s and 1980s the university admission exams were very challenging. Only the best students were admitted to superior studies. For science and technical universities, in average, one out of three candidates could succeed, since the number of places was limited. For medicine it was the worst: only one out of ten! The first volume contains: Arithmetic, Plane Geometry, and Space Geometry. The second volume contains: Algebra (9th to 12th grades), and Trigonometry.