My name is Refath A. Bari, and I am a 10th grader at Brooklyn Tech, one of the most prestigious high schools in the United States. My ultimate dreams are to get into Harvard & participate in the Math Olympiad.

In an effort to maximize my chances of getting into Harvard,

I've taken the SAT 5 times, starting from the 5th grade, when I first received a 1520 (Old Score). In preparation for the SAT, My dad has taken me to NYU Bobst Library, where I've taken many practice tests, essays, and exams to maximize my score. 


Recently, I've taken the SAT again, on March 2018, and received a 1540 (New Score), which is my highest score thus far. I will take the SAT once again on December 2018, in the hopes of receiving a perfect score of 1600.


On November 7th, 2015, I took the SAT, and received a 1580 (Old Score), which was an immense improvement of over 70 points over my old score on 2014.


On May 7th, 2016, I took the New SAT for the first time. I ended up with an Old Score of 1210.

Interests

Math

I am interested in Number Theory, and Geometry. I'm also a competitive mathlete, and have participated in over 20 contests so far, including NYML, IML, AMC10A, AMC 10B, and PurpleComet. My best score so far was a 5/6 on the IML, which was the 2nd highest score in Brooklyn Tech. I also got a 99 on the Geometry Regents.


My interest in Math was sparked when I sat in Dr. Nikola Lakic’s Calculus-II class at Lehman College, which allowed me to see the hidden relationship between math and physics. It also led me to ask questions such as why Sir Isaac Newton-my number 1 hero-had to invent calculus. Dr.Lakic had told us he invented Calculus to solve the Falling Moon Problem .

Physics

Physics is the most direct application of mathematics, which is why I was inspired by Physics from such an early age.

Of course, this was also the same year when I sat in Dr. Nikola Lakic’s Calculus-II class at Lehman College, which allowed me to see the hidden relationship between math and physics. It also led me to ask questions such as why Sir Isaac Newton-my number 1 hero-had to invent calculus. Dr.Lakic had told us he invented Calculus.

Programming

My interest in programming sparked when my dad had started teaching me the Python programming language. Soon, however, he got a job and stayed away for nights at a time. However, to compensate for his being, he gave showed a programming website one day called khanacademy.com. I made many basic programs in Khan Academy using the language ProcessingJS. Soon, I moved on to actual programming, and began designing websites and application such as Math Problem Generator, A Bookmarking System, Profile Page, and Material-designed home pages.

STORY #1 : Baby SAT

When I was 7, my dad would bring home a new notebook everyday. And everyday, I would learn about a certain topic in Math, Science, or History. Once we finished a certain section of topics, he would make a collection of math problems, and make them into tests known as “Baby SATs”. Week after week, I would get 65s, or 70s on those tests, but one day -- after weeks of undeterred practice, I got a 95 on the Baby SAT. This success inspired, and motivated me enough to attempt the actual SAT, and see find out my score.

STORY #2 : Lehman College

in 2nd grade, I had a rare opportunity to sit down in two College classes, one with Dr. Michio Kaku (Astronomy) at City College of New York and other with Dr. Daniel Kabat (A calculus based Physics course) at Lehman College. It was because of Professors Kaku and Kabat’s classes that I learned the mind-defying topics of string theory and quantum mechanics, which perplexed me. How can a particle be in more than one place in the same time? These topics mystified me, and led me to visit the home of one of the Greatest physicists of all time, Albert Einstein. I visited his home, located in Princeton, numerous times. Toward the end of my two courses at Lehman & CCNY, I realized that Mathematics was the language of science.  

STORY #3 : SAT

In an effort to maximize my chances of getting into Harvard, I've taken the SAT 5 times, starting from the 5th grade, when I first received a 1520 (Old Score). In preparation for the SAT, My dad has taken me to NYU Bobst Library, where I've taken many practice tests, essays, and exams to maximize my score. 


Recently, I've taken the SAT again, on March 2018, and received a 1540 (New Score), which is my highest score thus far. I will take the SAT once again on December 2018, in the hopes of receiving a perfect score of 1600.


On November 7th, 2015, I took the SAT, and received a 1580 (Old Score), which was an immense improvement of over 70 points over my old score on 2014.


On May 7th, 2016, I took the New SAT for the first time. I ended up with an Old Score of 1210.


In 5th grade, I also prepared for the SAT Math Level 1-unfortunately, I got a disappointing score of ~557/800.Of course, this was expected, due to my math ability at the time. When 6th grade came, I was all ready to take the SAT on Dec.6,2014.I spent months practicing using Barron's Books, Kaplan's books, and essay prompts given by my dad. I hogged any resources at hand, in an effort to prepare for the difficult test. To further help me prepare, my dad took me to the NYU Bobst Library to help me prepare for primarily the math section of the SAT, but also for the Writing Section. We took a mound of tests and my scores dipped and rose, and alas, my highest score was 95, up 50 points from the 45/100 I got on my first try. I wrote 2 essays, the first one getting C+ and the next one getting A+. At last, I felt I was ready for the SAT. So in I went, on the 6th of December ready to take one of the most infamous tests. After 17 Days, my score still didn’t come, so we called College Board. The score? An impressive 1520-480 for Reading,510 for Math, and 530 for Writing. Yet, I hadn't found the satisfaction which I had perceived with such a score,so I took the SAT once again on the 6th of June in 2015,and my score improved by up to 120 Points! My Reading and Writing improved by 70 and 50 points,respectively. It was a great moment to experience the fruits of my labour.

On March 7th, 2018, I took my 4th official SAT, and received a 1450. I used Khan Academy to take every one of their 7 practice tests timed to give myself an expectation of the score I would receive (since I had last taken the SAT 2 years prior). On the math section, I received a 740 (due to 3 mistakes), and on the reading section, I received a 710. This was the first instance in which I received over a 700 in either the Math, Reading, or Writing section and served as motivation for me to continue pursuing my goal of a perfect SAT score.

The May 7th 2016 SAT was the first version of the New SAT I took. I took 2 practice tests before this SAT, and they paid off quite a bit, along with my wealth of Math, Reading, and Writing experience that I had due to the many practice SATs I took from Kaplan's and Barron's books. I did well in Writing, and fairly well in Math (after all my focused practice on Math), however my Time Management flew through the window when it came to the 65-Minute Reading section. I left over 8 questions unanswered, which is a huge mistake, especially when those questions are not taken penalty points off if wrong. This effectively lowered my Reading & Writing score. However, one the bright side, it was the first time, I received a 600 or over on any one of the Reading, Writing, or Math sections.

I took my second SAT on November 7th, 2015. On the November 7th SAT, I got a 1580, which quite frankly is a very bad score -- a 60 point decrease from my original 1640 score. However, this was the closest I ever got to a 600 score on any of the sections -- I got 590 in writing, and a projected score of 590-630! Furthermore, my score was 80 points above the Average High School graduate, which served as good motivation for me to prepare for the next SAT.

On December 6th, 2014, I took my first actual SAT. The previous SAT I took in 5th grade was actually an SAT Subject Test Math Level I (which I got ~556 on). Unfortunately, I do not have any verification document confirming my score of ~556 on the test. However, speaking of my first SAT, I took this SAT without much preparation, and got a score of 1530 -- a tiny 10 points above the score of the average high school graduate. However, it proved to me that I had the ability to improve my score over the coming years, and gave me a benchmark score to improve on. 


STORY #4 : Programming

My interest in programming sparked when my dad had started teaching me the Python programming language. Soon, however, he got a job and stayed away for nights at a time. However, to compensate for his being, he gave showed a programming website one day called khanacademy.com. I made many basic programs in Khan Academy using the language ProcessingJS. Soon, I moved on to actual programming, and began designing websites and application such as Math Problem Generator, A Bookmarking System, Profile Page, and Material-designed home pages.


I am fluent in a variety of programming languages including HTML, CSS, JS, jQuery (yes, it's a library), and processingJS. My favorite compilers include Sublime Text, and NotePad++, and the online real-time compiler CodePen. In fact, many of my actual code and programs can be found at Codepen.io under the username @Refath.

STORY #5: Che Poem

Around June 2017, I prepared a Biographical Poem on Che Guevara as an English assignment. The poem was so good, I was invited to present it at the Lovinger Theater at Lehman College.

STORY #6: SHSAT

I prepared for the SHSAT from 2016-2017 in the hopes of getting into a Specialized High School. In June 2017, I received my acceptance letter to Brooklyn Tech, one of the most prestigious high schools in the United States. This motivated me to continue pursuing my dreams of reaching Harvard. 


I studied for the SHSAT by taking many practice tests at Lehman College with my dad, and I studied over the course of a few months in the hopes of maximizing my score in order to get into a specialized High School. 

STORY #7: Breakthrough Junior Challenge

In 2017 & 2018, I participated in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a Challenge to make a 3-minute video explaining a difficult scientific concept, founded and sponsored by Mark Zuckerburg & Khan Academy, respectively.

"What is Light?" is a video made for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge entirely by Refath Bari using Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Illustrator. The video took a total of 60 hours to make, over the course of a week. The three minute video explains that light is an electromagnetic wave (meaning it is composed of an electric and magnetic wave perpendicular to each other, which also results in it’s being able to travel through a vacuum) composed of photons (tiny packets of particles carrying a discrete amount of energy) which has both the properties of a particle and a wave, resulting in what French Physicist Louis de Broglie called a “Wave-Particle duality”. In fact, when the famous double-slit experiment was conducted with Light, it resulted in a wave-like interference when not observed, but a particle-like interference when observed.

My first Breakthrough Junior Challenge was in 2017, dedicated to the topic of Earthquakes. Despite a dramatic drop in quality from my second submission, I tried my best to explain the topic of how an Earthquake Emergency Warning System would work, and how it would detect earthquakes faster than current systems, using accelerators, social media, and oceanic devices. I used iMovie and an IPhone5 to produce the submission.

STORY #8: Calculus Class

In 2018, from January to May, I took a Calculus Class at Bronx Community College from 6PM-9PM, taught by my dad. I learned the concepts of a derivative, limit, and more!


My progress was marked by three tests: Exam #1, Exam #2, the midterm, and the final exam. I failed my first exam, with a 65. I earned a 85 on Exam #2, a 70 on the midterm, and a record-high of 89 on the final exam. 


The Calculus Class taught me all the core concepts of Calculus I, including identifying the behavior of graphs based on Parent graphs, by finding the derivative of essential points along the curve. I also learned how to find the slope of a curve at any given point, and the rules of a derivative, including the Product Rule, Chain Rule, Quotient Rule, and more. Perhaps the hardest topics were Related Rates, and differentiation in respect to y. However, i overcame all such difficulties and aced the final exam!

STORY #9: Math Lectures

Statistics

Rashidul Bari , Soborno Isaac Bari, Refath Albert Bari