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MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.

Currently in its 30th year, MATHCOUNTS is one of the country's largest and most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald W. Reagan have all recognized MATHCOUNTS in White House ceremonies. The MATHCOUNTS program has also received two White House citations as an outstanding private sector initiative. 
 
All Saint Andrew's Middle School students are eligible to try out for the team through the administration of a standardized test.  The top eight finishers are invited to be part of the team that competes at local San Jose State Competition.
 
The competition consists of four rounds: Sprint, Target, Team, and Countdown. The MATHCOUNTS subject matter included geometry, combinatorics, and algebra.
The 2012 MATHCOUNTS representatives were: Jonathan B., Alex C., Nick C., Daniel G., Rachel H., Chandra I., Kayla M., and Andrew Z. These students spent seven hours taking three different written tests and then participated in a live problem solving contest.
 
Here are a few examples of problems one might find in this competition:
  1. The area of a particular regular hexagon is x cubed square units, where x is the measure of the distance from the center of the hexagon to the midpoint of a side. What is the side length of the hexagon?

  2.  Two fair dice, each with faces numbered 1 through 6 , are rolled at the same time. Each die has five exposed faces, which are summed. Express as a common fraction the probability that the least common multiple of the two sums of the exposed faces is a multiple of 20?

  3. A function f is linear and satisfies f(d+1)-f(d)=11 for all real numbers d. Find f(8) - f(7).

For answers to the problems above, contact one of the students from the MATHCOUNTS team. 


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