Moore Math Competition

Friday, May 7, 2021 at 8:45 AM until 2:00 PMEastern Daylight Time

Albion College
611 E Porter St
Albion, MI 49224
United States

The Albion College mathematics department is pleased to host the 5th annual Moore Math Marathon, a mathematics competition for teams of ninth and tenth grade students. It consists of three team events and one individual competition. All secondary schools in Michigan are encouraged to send a team with a teacher advisor.

Event Descriptions

The Moore Math Marathon Competition teams will consist of 4 students, at least one of whom must be a 9th grader. Each team will be accompanied by a math teacher/coach who will serve as a proctor for another team throughout the day. The competition includes both individual and team events, concluding with a mathematical scavenger hunt around the Albion campus.

  1. Solo Challenge: This event is a 40 question multiple choice test and lasts 45 minutes. The material on the test comes from the Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II curriculum along with other mathematics topics. Students need to work quickly and carefully. The score is the number correct. The scores of all team members are averaged for a team score in the event.

  2. Team Theme: The entire team works together to explore a mathematical topic, guided by a series of questions. At the end of fifty minutes, the team turns in one answer to each question. Each answer is written in the form of an essay. Answers will be judged on mathematical content, grammar, and the style in which they are written.

  3. Triple Play: Each team is assigned a room with a blackboard and given fifteen minutes to solve three problems. Team members need to work together and check each other's work to solve the problems. The score is the number correct.

  4. Campus Coordinates: This final event is a scavenger hunt around the Albion campus. Students will work in teams to solve problems whose answers will direct them to specific rooms or buildings around the central campus. At each location, students will obtain a specified item, such as the signature of a faculty member or competition representative. The score is based on the number of required items obtained in the alloted time. This event is not included in the score for the awards, but members of the winning team will receive a separate prize.