McMaster University



Math@Mac Online Mathematics Competition
For High School Students

Thursday, November 27, 2008

McMaster's Department of Mathematics & Statistics third annual Math@Mac Online Mathematics Competition for high school students will take place on Thursday, November 27, 2008. Designed to be inclusive and fun, this competition can be used as a classroom activity for students who have completed or are taking enriched Grade 9 Math, Grade 10 Math, Grade 11 Math or Grade 12 Math. The inherent flexibility of a web-based contest means that it can be written at any time of the day or as an after-school activity. Register as many teams of one or two students as you like. The average time to complete the test is under one hour. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three teams in grades 9-10, three teams in grade 11 and three teams in grade 12 which correctly answer the most questions in the shortest time.

The competition consists of ten multiple choice questions aimed at students in grades 10, 11 and 12. The questions are not necessarily tied directly to a particular curriculum but are designed to engage students who enjoy problem solving in mathematics and to provide them with a challenging and rewarding experience. We are encouraging students to work in teams of two to emphasize the importance of cooperative learning and “peer instruction”. Scientific calculators (non-programmable and non-graphing) will be allowed.

Teachers who register teams (students may not register themselves) will receive a confirmation email with login numbers and passwords for each team. Teams can consist of one or two students. Teachers are asked to indicate whether the team is in grade 9, grade 10, grade 11 or grade 12. For the purposes of this competition, grade 10 means that the students are taking or have completed Grade 10 Math but not Grade 11 Math. Teams registered as grade 11 are taking or have completed Grade 11 Math but not Grade 12 Advanced Functions. Students in grade 12 have completed or are taking Grade 12 Advanced Functions.

On the day of the competition, teams may go to this website and, using the link on the left, login and download the contest questions at any time after 7:30 a.m. Teams may submit their answers online at this website anytime before 4:30 p.m. Teams may only submit their answers once. The difference between the initial login time and the time at which answers are submitted will be calculated as the team's elapsed time. Teachers will act as local event coordinators, and provide appropriate supervision for the event . Teams will be judged on the basis of the number of questions answered correctly. In the event of a tie, the team with the shortest elapsed time will be declared the winner. Teams whose elapsed time exceeds 1 hour and 30 minutes will not be considered for a prize.

The top three teams in grades 9-10, the top three teams in grade 11 and the top three teams in grade 12 will be awarded $100 per team and their names, along with the names of their schools, will be posted on this website in early December.

Please use the link on the left to register you teams. Registration will open on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 and will close on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.

If you have questions, if you are having trouble registering, or if you would like an email reminder about this event, please contact Caroline Burgess, Outreach Coordinator, at .


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