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:
- 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
- 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
- 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.