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Welcome to the Huntington University High School Mathematics Competition

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Read the announcement flyer and fill out our online registration form. The contest takes place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, and registration is due by the end of the day on Wednesday, October 18. If you have questions, contact the Student Coordinator Aspen Dirr or the Faculty Sponsor Dr. Brian Rice.

About the Competitions

The Huntington University Mathematics Competitions are designed to encourage creative mathematical thinking, engage students of all levels with challenging mathematics problems, and provide an opportunity for friendly competition among mathematics students and schools. The Competitions are not curricular exams; even advanced students should expect to see problems unlike any they have seen in their classes.

The Competitions are written, organized, and held in a collaborative effort between the faculty of the Huntington University Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, the student coordinator, and various other student volunteers.

A High School Competition is offered in the fall and a Middle School Competition is offered in the spring. The Middle School Mathematics Competition will take place April 11, 2018; check back in February for more information.

Topics and Problems

The High School Mathematics Competition draws problems from Algebra (including vectors and matrices), Geometry and Trigonometry, Calculus, Discrete Mathematics (including Combinatorics and Elementary Number Theory), and Logic. Since many younger students will not have seen calculus, only about 10% of the contest problems will require knowledge of calculus to solve. There is no particular proportion of problems allocated to each topic, and some problems may bridge multiple topics or not fit into any category at all.

The contest consists of three rounds: An individual multiple-choice round, an individual “Lightning” round, and a more difficult team round.

The problems vary in difficulty, and no student should expect to be able to solve every problem. You may wish to impress upon your students that the competition is not graded like an ordinary exam and that getting even half of the problems correct is a respectable accomplishment. If you want to see the style of the problems, take a look at the sample of previous years’ problems.

Eligible Participants

The competition is open to all students enrolled in grades 9-12, as well as homeschooled students of the same age. Students in 8th grade who are taking high school math classes may also participate if they wish, but they should not participate in both this competition and in the middle school competition held next April.

Each participating high school or home school can have up to four official participants and up to eight alternates. Due to logistical limitations, only the official participants (including any substitutions made during sign-in on the day of the exam) will have their lightning round answers graded and have a position in the final rankings.

Contest Location, Date, and Time

The contest will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. The contest will be held at the Merillat Centre for the Arts (MCA). Sign-in begins at 9:00 AM, with the first round of the contest starting at 10:00 AM. The awards ceremony should end by 1:30 PM.

Registration and Costs

Teams should register using our online registration form. The registration deadline for the contest is October 18, 2017. Due to space limitations, we can only guarantee a spot for the first twenty teams to register (although in the past we have usually been able to accommodate up to 23 or 24 teams). You can check to see whether your registration has been recorded by viewing the list of participants after a few days.

If you need to make changes to your registration after you have submitted it, please contact Dr. Jeff Lehman.

While there is no fee to participate in the contest, lunch at the campus dining commons is available to all students and coaches at the subsidized price of $5/person. Payment is due by cash or check (made out to Huntington University) at sign-in. Students who wish may bring their own lunch and do not need to pay this cost if they do so.

Huntington University Mathematics

The purposes of the mathematics major at Huntington University are:

  • To develop in students the art and skill of careful, clear, and creative mathematical thinking and problem-solving,
  • To provide students with a strong foundation in mathematical skills with applications in engineering, computer science, finance, and the natural and social sciences, and
  • To provide students with an understanding of the major fields of mathematics and their interrelationships.

Completing a major in mathematics should prepare the student for further study of mathematics, including graduate study, for a career (together with the program in education) as a secondary or middle school mathematics educator, and for careers in both public and private sectors which make use of the mathematical sciences.