Math Olympics

To foster mathematical education in the Middle Georgia area, the Middle Georgia State University Department of Mathematics is proud to sponsor once again our annual High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Math Tournament on the MGA campus. The upcoming Math Olympics will be held March 23, 2018.

The tournament consists of two challenging rounds: A written test and team problem solving (ciphering).

Each individual winner will be awarded a plaque, and a scholarship to attend Middle Georgia State University. The scholarship amounts are:

  • 1st place: $700
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $300
  • 4th place: $150

Team winners will each be awarded a trophy for 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place.
See the information below for details of the competition. For additional information, please feel free to contact the Math Olympics coordinator, Dr. Lilly Want, .

Competition Information

The competition will be held at two levels: Varsity (students currently enrolled in Algebra III, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry or Calculus); Junior Varsity (students currently enrolled in Geometry or Algebra II).

At the Varsity level, competition will consist of two parts: an individual competition in the morning and a team competition in the afternoon. Schools may bring more than one varsity team. The junior varsity teams will compete on the written test only. Limited space will require that each school bring only one junior varsity team. The use of graphics or scientific calculators will be permitted in the individual session but not in the team session.

The morning session will consist of a 50 multiple-choice question test which each team member will take. Each question answered correctly will be worth 1 point. A maximum of 200 points could be scored by a team in this session.

Following lunch, varsity teams will participate in a ciphering contest with 12 questions. For each team of four students, the coach will designate two pairs of students, and each pair will answer six ciphering questions. A time limit will be set for each ciphering question. If a team arrives at the correct answer in the first half of that time limit, it will receive 20 points. If the team arrives at the correct answer in the second half of that time limit, it will receive 10 points. Hence, there will be a total of 240 points possible for each team in this part of the competition.

Overall, there will be a total of 440 possible points for each varsity team. Awards will be given to the highest scoring individuals and the highest scoring teams. In addition, each varsity participant will receive a Math Olympics T-shirt. Awards will be given to the junior varsity team with the most total points earned on the written exam.