Problems & Solutions

How do I prepare for the contest?

Perhaps the best advice is to look at the old contest problems. These are posted below. The specific topics on the contest vary from year to year. However, practice working problems is the very best preparation for working more problems. The problems have been selected to encourage creative thinking. They are not simply applications of skills you have been taught in school. There are many books of competition problems of various levels. Look in the math section in any library under the topic “recreational mathematics” or “problem solving.”

Squares on a 3x3 gridContest Problems & Solutions

Click on a year to download old contests and solutions. Once you have downloaded the materials for a year, scroll down for First Round, Brief Solutions to First Round, Final Round, and Brief Solutions to Final Round.

First Round 2014 Problems

UNC Mathematics Contest 2014-2015 First Round Problems with Solutions

13-14   12-13   11-12

10-11  09-10  08-09  07-08  06-07  05-06  04-05  03-04  02-03 01-02

00-01  99-00  98-99  97-98  96-97  95-96  94-95  93-94  92-93

The Final Round problems are much more challenging than the First Round problems, but there is a similarity in flavor. Also, you may observe that usually some of the Final Round problems extend problems from the previous First Round set. The hope is that participants will look carefully at the First Round problems in the weeks following the First Round contest.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s