University of Central Florida – Online Math Contest

UCF-OMC is a set of mathematics contests for high school students in the Central Florida area. In the 2013-2014 academic year, we plan on posting problem sets monthly, from Janaury, 2014 through April, 2014, for a total of four contests. All questions will be based solely on pre-calculus mathematics, similar to most high school mathematics contests, such as the AMC. In giving students three weeks to submit solutions to problems, we hope to provide problems that make students think more deeply than their average homework questions from their school mathematics class.

Each contest will have 15 questions in three categories with five questions each: (a) Warm-Ups, (b) Exercises, and (c) Investigations. The Warm-Ups will be similar to questions 1 – 10 on the AMC-12, the exercises will be similar to questions 11 – 20 on the AMC-12, and the Investigations will be longer type questions that usually require some proofs and stringing together multiple insights. The Warm-Ups will be worth 4 points each, the Exercises will be worth 6 points each and the Investigations will be worth 10 points each, for a total of 100 points per contest. Students will be graded primarily on their mathematical communication with partial credit possible for every problem. Actual numeric answers will only be worth a small fraction of the grade, while justifications and proofs for those answers will be worth 60% to 90% of the total grade. The goal of the grading criteria is to promote and reward proper mathematical thinking and communication.

In addition to running monthly contests, we hope to build a page of resources where students can learn specific topics to improve their problem solving skills. To expedite the process, this page will initially link to other public pages, but as we have time and resources, we hope to create some of our own materials.