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University of Mississippi Math Tournament

April 5, 2014

The University of Mississippi Math Tournament, sponsored by the Math Department, Division of Outreach and Office of Pre-College Programs, is an annual math tournament for the state of Mississippi and neighboring schools in the Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee areas. This tournament welcomes all teams from these areas to compete in a fun and scholarly atmosphere. The UM Math Tournament consists of two (2) tests – the individual and team tests. The next UM Math Tournament is scheduled for April 5, 2014 at the University of Mississippi's Oxford campus.

General Information:

Tournament registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 9:45 a.m. in the lobby of Conner Hall. All teams must check-in at the registration table before competing. The individual test will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. If an individual arrives after the test has been administered, the individual will for forfeit this part of the competition.

Lunch will not be provided. The Food Court in the Ole Miss Student Union will be open for lunch, but not for breakfast. This option is probably best for lunch since you will not have to leave campus. There is a wide variety of choices for lunch, such as Burger Studio, Chick-fil-A Express, Magnolia Kitchen, Subway, Southern Tsunami Sushi, Topio’s, Toss It Up, and Zoca’s. The Ole Miss Bookstore in the Union will also be open if some of your students would like to browse and shop after lunch or grab of cup of Starbuck’s coffee.

At 1:00 p.m., the team test will be administered. In cases of a tie between teams, a tiebreaker round will be held at 2:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held shortly after the tiebreaker round at 3:30 p.m.

Registration:

Registration deadline for the 2014 UM Math Tournament is Friday, March 28, 2014. Registration is available online using an online form.

To provide a better competition experience, the registration for events sponsored by the Office of Academic Competitions and Pre-College Programs has been changed.

Schools will register each team using an online registration system. Registration is $25 per school.

Pre-registering individual team members prior to the registration deadline is preferred. Pre-event registration is $5 per student. On-site registration is $7 per student.

Please click here to register your team today! Registration payments must be sent in by the registration deadline to ensure your spot will be honored. Checks must be payable to “PCP/Math” and sent to PCP/Math, P.O. Box 9, University, MS 38677. Also, Visa/MasterCard payments are accepted over the phone at 662-915-3034.

Schedule:

Registration – 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. (in the lobby of Conner Hall)

Individual Exam – 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break – 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Team Exam – 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.

Tiebreaker Round – 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Awards Ceremony – 3:30 p.m.

Sample Tests

The following tests have been used in past competitions. Please use these to prepare your students and teams.

Individual Competition [2006] [2007] [2008] download .pdf

Individual Competition Answer Key [2006] [2007] [2008] download .pdf

Team Competition [2006] [2007] [2008] download .pdf

Individual Competition Answer Key [2006] [2007] [2008] download .pdf

Competition Rules

No cell phones or other electronic devices may be used in the testing room. Any electronic devices should be turned off or left with a sponsor. Students may not leave and then reenter the room during testing. Sponsors will not be allowed in the testing room during either round.

Individual Test

The individual round will be conducted in the morning session and will include no more than thirty multiple choice questions. These problems will cover material from high school courses such as algebra, trigonometry, and geometry but will exclude calculus.

We will provide pencils, scantron answer sheets, and scratch paper. You may choose to use your own pencils, but these must be #2. Put your name and school on the answer sheet. Mark your answers clearly, as tests will be machine scored. Incorrect answers do not incur any scoring penalty. Your score is the number of correct answers you provide.

Any ties in score will be resolved in the afternoon session. All students tied for a given place will be presented the same problem. The first to provide a correct solution will win the place. If more than two students obtained the same score, successive problems will be presented to those remaining until all places are determined.

Scholarships will be awarded to the top three individual places.

Team Test

The afternoon’s team problem-solving round will consist of up to ten problems, which may be discussed as a team. Questions in this round will assume a similar background as those in the morning session but will require more problem-solving skills and creative thinking. Clear presentation of solutions as well as correctness will be considered in scoring.

Each team will receive four copies of the test questions and a supply of plain paper in a labeled envelope.

Each team will write ONE solution for each problem. The solutions must be clearly marked with the problem number and the team label (matching the label on the envelope). All work submitted for grading should be placed in the team envelope and turned in together.

Scholarships will be awarded to each team member of the top scoring team.

Campus Guide:

The Lyceum is the center of the Ole Miss campus (building #1). It faces the Circle, and is the western end of University Avenue. The Math Tournament will take place in several buildings within easy walking distance of the Lyceum. Saturday parking is available around the Circle and in other locations on the campus.

Math Tournament Headquarters will be located in Conner Hall. The tournament director’s cell phone number on tournament day, should you get lost or otherwise need to contact him, will be 662-466-1622.

For a printable .pdf map click here. To view the Ole Miss Campus Map online visit here.

Conner Hall will be the location of the registration, individual test in the morning and team test in the early afternoon.

Holman Hall will be the location of individual test in the morning.

The Ole Miss Student Union will be open for lunch and for students to browse and shop in the Ole Miss Bookstore.

Directions:

The best way to come to the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi from any direction is to come to Oxford on either Highway 6 (which is an east/west road) or Highway 7 (which is a north/south road), then take Highway 6 to the Old Taylor Road exit just south of the campus.

Exit Highway 6 at Old Taylor Road. Turn north and go approximately ¾ mile until Old Taylor Road dead ends at University Avenue. The Gertrude Ford Center for the Performing Arts will be directly in front of you. Turn left (west) on University Avenue, immediately cross a bridge, and then continue straight at the four-way stop to Lyceum Circle. You will veer right at the statue, the Lyceum and Connor and Holman Halls are visible at the opposite end of the Circle.

Tournament Rules & Brackets:

Download this .pdf for a printable copy of the Math Tournament rules.

Oxford Lodging:

Because some teams will want to drive to Oxford on Friday afternoon prior to the Saturday tournament, the following lodging information is provided.

The Inn at Ole Miss (formerly The Alumni Center Hotel)
located on the campus of the university
(662) 234-2331, (888) 486-7666
Comfort Inn -- 1808 West Jackson Avenue
approximately ½ mile from the campus
(662) 234-6000, (800) 424-6423
Downtown Oxford Inn & Suites -- 400 North Lamar Street
approximately ¾ mile from the campus
(662) 234-3031, (800) 606-1497
Hampton Inn -- 110 Heritage Drive
approximately ½ mile from the campus
(662) 232-2442, (800) 426-7866
Hampton Inn Conference Center -- 103 Ed Perry Boulevard
approximately 2 miles from the campus
(662) 234-5565,
Holiday Inn Express -- 112 Heritage Drive
approximately ½ mile from the campus
(662) 236-2500, (800) 465-4329
Super 8 Motel -- 2201 West Jackson Avenue
approximately ½ mile from the campus
(662) 234-7013, (800) 800-8000
University Inn -- 1101 Frontage Road
approximately 1 mile from the campus
(662) 234-9500, (800) 329-7466

Contact Information:

Matthew DeLoach
Coordinator of Academic Competitions
P.O. Box 9
University, MS 38677

E-mail: wmdeloac@olemiss.edu
Office: 662-915-3034
Fax: 662-915-5138