# Cody Song's Message board

Hi, I am Cody Song from United States, I am 17 years old and I am a Year 11 student in a non-IB school.

I learn most of my math from online sources and I don't really learn any maths at school (My class is still learning stuff like the separable differential equations and annihilators =.=).

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7 years, 3 months ago

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A couple of questions. I hope you'll take some time to answer them.

1. When did you first get interested in math? When did you start learning math outside of your curriculum?

2. Who or what inspired you to start Proofathon?

3. What kind of music do you like?

4. Who is Oscar Harmon?

5. You said you learn math from online sources. Name a few of them.

6. What kind of books do you read?

- 7 years, 3 months ago

1. Freshman year, I liked precalc so I joined Mu Alpha Theta. In Florida, they hold Mu Alpha Theta competitions, so that really fine-tuned my precalc skills. Only last year did I find out about Olympiad (when someone surprised me by saying, "Hey, let's skip first period and take the AMC.")

2. It was mostly due to the fact that I wanted to do an online proof-based Olympiad.

3. I really like funk and jazz, but then with a punk-rock based twist. I love great vocals. For example, my favorite bands are Hiromi Uehara, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots, Muse, Pink Floyd, and An Endless Sporadic. I also compose, but that is to be released at a later time...

4. Oh dear. On Brilliant, I failed in the level-placement test, so I had to make a new account. It was shameful!

5. Brilliant.org, Mathematical Olympiad Treasures. Also, there's a secretly awesome site called famat.org, don't tell anybody!

6. sparknotes.com

- 7 years, 3 months ago

1. That actually gives me hope. You really got into the IMO team with only a year's training. That means I still have a shot!

2. Awesome.

3. Cool.

4. That actually raises more questions than it answers. Would you mind if I ask you more questions on this? And if my memory serves me right, Oscar Harmon was working on the Collatz conjecture with something with binary strings. How did that turn out?

5. Mathematical Olympiad Treasures is a great book!

6. I'll be sure to check it out.

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Oscar = me

- 7 years, 3 months ago

I knew that.

My questions are:

Why did Oscar write sentences like "Me and my friend Cody..."?

How many accounts did Oscar have? One of them is merged with your current account. But there is another one that opened this discussion.

Okay, I can't believe that I'm discussing about something as pointless as this. But then again, you did say "ask me about anything".

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Random name generator; to play the part; 2, him and me

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Are you still in MAO? If so, at what school?

- 7 years, 3 months ago

No I changed schools to one that doesn't have MAO. I miss it! :(

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Whats your favorite subject ? Are you in the IMO?

- 7 years, 3 months ago

History. Yes.

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Hey dude! What math class are you in? Are you following me? Haha. :D

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Differential equations

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Nice bro!

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Why is your name on Brilliant Cody Johnson?

- 7 years, 3 months ago

I got jealous of Goh Pi Han and Yeoh Zi Song for having their last name first and having 3 names rather than 2. Hence, Johnson Cody Song.

- 7 years, 3 months ago

I don't understand, are you saying Pi Han Goh's real name is Goh Pi Han? What is your legit real name?

- 7 years, 3 months ago

In many (if not all) Eastern cultures/countries, people address others saying their last name first. I'll give an example using Chinese (sorry there's no accents, my keyboard can't do that)

Suppose an adult male's last name is Wang (王). In the US, he would be called "Mr. Wang." The word in Chinese for Mr. is xiansheng (先生). But "Mr. Wang" in Chinese isn't xiansheng wang (先生王), despite the fact that this literally translates to "Mr. Wang." The correct way to say it is wang xiansheng (王先生). This literally translates to "Wang Mr." The same thing happens with first names as it does with titles.

I'm pretty sure I got this right, although my Chinese class is more vocabulary oriented than conversationally oriented.

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, I wanted to do it the Malaysian way.

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Is all of that information right? It's been a while since I've last seen the exact details.

- 7 years, 3 months ago

That's right Trevor :) Where did you learn Chinese?

- 7 years, 3 months ago

I take Chinese at my school. I'm in my second year.

- 7 years, 3 months ago

There's a Chinese class in a US school? Seems sort of weird....

- 7 years, 3 months ago

It's a private school. It offers Chinese, Spanish, and French, so I took Chinese to be able to communicate with the largest number of people. Especially when China's economy and population of >1.5 billion people fully opens up to the world, employers and lots of others will be looking for people who are able to speak to them.

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Oh alright :)

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Sick bro. I'm taking French 1.

- 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm taking French too!

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Mec, française est tellement incroyable. Imaginons que nous allons avoir des conversations très profondes en français afin que les gens pensent que nous communiquons dans le code secret. :D

- 7 years, 3 months ago

C'est en la premiere classe de français? Oh la la, tu as une bonne adherence de la langue!

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Oui mec. J'ai un professeur extraordinaire, et ma mère et je parle uniquement en français. C'est génial. :D

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Je t'envie. :P

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Oui. :D

- 7 years, 3 months ago

lol i take french too in Singapore :D

- 6 years, 4 months ago

Nice! :D

- 6 years, 4 months ago

woo I take spanish

- 6 years, 4 months ago

I don't /take/ Spanish, I KNOW SPANISH :D

- 6 years, 4 months ago

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Who are you talking about? What is your real name? Also, are you in IMO?

- 7 years, 3 months ago

Simple: It's "Cody Johnson." I'm in the IMO 2014.

- 7 years, 3 months ago

What did you do in order to participate as a contestant of Luxembourg in IMO 2014? Didn't you make it to qualify for US IMO team?

- 7 years, 2 months ago

Yeah @Cody Johnson.

- 7 years, 2 months ago

No, I made it to the Luxembourg IMO team!

- 7 years, 2 months ago

It just shows two pictures of some old guys. Why are you on the Luxembourg team?

- 7 years, 2 months ago

Because Luxembourg is awesome! We'll take down China this year for sure!

- 7 years, 2 months ago

I still don't get it. How is Luxembourg going to beat China? Why aren't you on the USA team? :O

- 7 years, 2 months ago

For some strange reason, the link doesn't work. Go here and click on Luxembourg.

- 7 years, 2 months ago

when is result of proofathon contests declared?

- 6 years, 7 months ago

Hi

How are you ?

Is your name Cody Johnson or Cody Song ?

- 6 years, 4 months ago

i have a question. Why did you unfriend me on facebook? ::)))

- 6 years, 4 months ago