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CMM Proof-writing Primer Materials
Ever since its outset, CMM has always included a proof-based aspect to the competition. Unfortunately,
many high schoolers who attend the competition may either have very little experience with mathematical
writing, or no experience at all. We intend to remedy this by providing resources and tips on this page of the CMM
website about the basics of mathematical writing. Below we have created a primer to help you prepare for the CMM proof-based exams and provided some essential supplementary material. The supplementary material is from
the (unofficial) Caltech course: Math 0: Transition to Mathematical Proofs, targeted towards incoming
Caltech students with no prior proof background. It aims to be a friendly, accessible introduction to proof-
writing and prepare students for Caltech’s intensive first-year coursework in mathematics.
Most college math competition past papers are good a resource for preparing for CMM. You may also check out a vast resource of problems on AOPS. You may not use these other resources for the CMM 2024 Power Round though.