Mathcounts meetings are held every THURSDAY after school until 3:50 in Ms. Reed's room 1205Mathcounts sponsors: Tiffany Reed & Lenore CarrollThe mission of MATHCOUNTS is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics throughout the United States. With that goal in mind, the MATHCOUNTS Foundation administers a nationwide math coaching and competition program. The school coaching season begins at the start of the school year. The competition season begins in the winter when participating schools administer the school competition and select up to eight students (i.e. one team of 4 and up to 4 additional individuals) to compete at local competitions in February. The local competition is held at McNeese State University. The top two individual scorers will be awarded a 4-year scholarship to McNeese; $1,000 per year for 1st place and $750 per year for 2nd place. Winners progress to state competitions in March. The top four scorers and top coach earn the privilege to represent their state at the National Competition in May.
MATHCOUNTS questions are written with the 7th and 8th grade curriculum in mind although 6th graders are also eligible to compete. In addition, many problems are designed to challenge and accelerate student learning, and questions become progressively harder at each level of competition. Possible topics include:
Estimation and Approximation
Computation: wholes, integers, rationals, roots, percentages, averages, exponents, proportions
Equivalent Expressions: fractions, decimals, percents, exponential expressions
Statistics: mean, median, mode, min/max, range, statistical graphs
Probability: simple events combinations, permutations, counting properties
Measurement: linear, area, volume, conversions, temperature, time, scientific notation
Equations and Inequalities: linear equations, inequalities, percent sentences
Geometry: parallel and perpendicular lines, circles, polygons, areas, volumes, Pythagorean property
charts, Graphs and Tables: Cartesian coordinates, data analysis
Number Theory: series, patterns, primes and composites, LCM, GCF, modular arithmetic, divisibility
Consumer Math: mixtures, discounts, mark-ups
Algebra: order of operations, variable expressions
Logic: Boolean algebra, Venn diagram, symbolic logic
Students enrolled in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade are eligible to participate in MATHCOUNTS competitions. Students at Maplewood are invited to join based on the previous years standardized test scores in mathematics.