Coaches must register for an account first, after which they can register teams and add any additional information, such as allergies, about their students. Coaches can register any number of teams (as long as we have space) and can change team information until a couple of weeks before the tournament, after which payment information will be sent out. Fees include a registration fee for each student ($10 for normal registration and $12 for late registration), and an optional T-shirt fee ($10 per T-shirt). Additionally, since we process our costs via invoice, an extra 2.6% and 30 cents will be added to your fees due to PayPal costs. T-shirts are adult-sized. Normal registration closes November 01, 2018 and late registration closes November 11, 2018.
A student may participate in the Berkeley mini-Math Tournament if and only if the student is enrolled at or under the equivalent of an American eighth grade. Teams may have up to five students, and each student on a given team should be from the same institution, with exceptions provided only if the institution in question is sending no students on any other teams.
We endeavour to run a fair and equitable tournament, and we treat cases of cheating with absolutely no lenience. Calculators and other personal electronics are not permitted; similarly, graph paper, rulers, protractors, and other geometrical instruments are unnecessary and therefore unallowed. The only objects on each contestant’s desk should be a test, writing utensils, and blank scratch paper, all of which may be provided by BMT staff. Please send notification of any extenuating circumstances ahead of time.
Final team scores are computed based on a linear combination of team members’ scores on each round. The top 3 teams will receive prizes, and an additional prize will be given to the team that scores highest on the puzzle round. Individual prizes are awarded based on performance during the individual round.
|8:00 - 9:00||Check-in|
|9:10 - 10:10||Individual Round|
|10:25 - 10:35||Speed Round|
|10:35 - 11:10||Snack Break|
|11:10 - 12:10||Puzzle Round|
|12:25 - 12:55||Team Round|
|1:00 - 1:30||Snack Break and Tiebreakers|
|1:30 - 2:00||Closing Ceremony|
The tests assume familiarity with concepts covered by the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the ability to solve problems covering mathematical applications of the aforementioned standards. This encompasses areas requiring knowledge of divisibility, proportions, sets, functions, geometric congruence, combinations and permutations, conditional probability, linear/quadratic functions, and more. Notably, this does NOT cover trigonometric, logarithmic, or hyperbolic functions, nor does it require familiarity with matrices or calculus. As is the standard with math contests, any given problem in our tournament may require the combination of multiple topics in creative and innovative ways. Problems highly emphasize logical thinking and will often require an analytic approach. Visit the archive for example problems.
The individual round consists of 20 short answer questions in 60 minutes. Students are required to work on their own, and each student's individual score contributes 8% to the overall team score. See the archive for example problems.
The speed round consists of a large number of short answer questions in 10 minutes. On average, these questions are significantly easier than questions from other rounds, and students may work with their teams to solve questions. The team’s performance on this round contributes 10% to the overall score. See past ciphering rounds for example problems.
The team round consists of 20 short answer questions in 30 minutes. Students may work with their teams on questions. The team’s performance on this round contributes 30% to the overall team score. See the archive for example problems.
The puzzle round consists of a variety of mathematical challenges designed to promote inductive reasoning and lateral thinking. The team’s performance on this round contributes 20% to the overall team score. The specific skills and techniques requisite for the puzzle round will be kept secret until the day of the tournament, and as such, no example problems will be provided.
The tiebreaker round will be a 5-question round lasting 15 minutes. Students will submit individual answers for each problem. (We recommend that they submit an answer for a problem as soon as they get it.) Students will be ranked according to the number of answers they submit correctly. Ties will be broken by the time of their last correct submission. If a student submits an incorrect answer to a problem that he or she has already answered correctly, the earlier answer will be thrown out.
Coaches must register for an account first, after which they can register teams and add any additional information, such as allergies, about their students. Coaches can register any number of teams (as long as we have space) and can change team information until a couple of weeks before the tournament, after which payment information will be sent out. The registration fee is $18 per student for students who register on time (i.e. during normal registration) and $21 per student for late registration. Breakfast is included in the registration fee, and is served before 9 AM. Please note that T-shirts are optional and purchased separately, and will cost $10 per shirt. Shirts will not be available for order during late registration. Normal registration closes March 04, 2018, and late registration closes March 11, 2018.
Students may opt to purchase lunch from BMT. A local favorite, Stuffed Inn, is catering for us at $6 per meal. There are meat and vegetarian options, described below. Students with dietary restrictions are encouraged to bring their own food or find food at a local restaurant. Teams may also purchase pearl milk tea (also known as boba milk tea or bubble milk tea) for $2 per drink.
For each meat/veggie meal ordered, choose one of the following:
Graph paper and calculators are prohibited, but protractors and compasses are permitted. Blank white scratch paper will be provided for all participants.
Final team scores are calculated by a linear combination of focus, team, and power results, with their respective weights noted below. Each exam's scores are divided by the average of the top 10 scores before overall team score calculations, and for individual exams (including the focus rounds), teams with fewer than six scores will have the missing scores counted as scores of 0. The teams with the top 8 overall scores will receive recognition and prizes. The top 5 scorers on the individual round and the top 3 individuals from each focus round will also receive awards, with ARML-style tiebreakers used in the event of a tie. The top finishers at BMT will qualify for the USMCA national championship. See the USMCA website for more information.
|8:00 - 8:45||Check-in and Breakfast||Dwinelle Hall|
|9:00 - 10:00||Power Round||Dwinelle Hall|
|10:10 - 11:10||Focus Round 1||Dwinelle Hall|
|11:20 - 12:20||Focus Round 2||Dwinelle Hall|
|12:30 - 2:00||Lunch||Dwinelle Hall|
|2:20 - 3:00||Team Round||Dwinelle Hall|
|3:00 - 6:00||Talks and Activities [Schedule PDF]||Dwinelle Hall|
|5:00 - 6:00||Tiebreakers (*Check your email or the doors of 155 Dwinelle for the participant list.)||Dwinelle Hall|
|6:00 - 6:30||Closing Ceremony||Dwinelle Hall|
The focus rounds allow students to display their skills in particular mathematical topics. New this year: each student takes exactly two exams from those offered. (There will not be a separate Individual Round.) Each test contains 10 short answer questions to be solved in 60 minutes. The questions will not only test contestants' prior knowledge of the area but also will evaluate the student's ability to think abstractly and creatively. To receive a high score on the test, a student should expect to use methods taught in high school math courses. We will offer the following focus rounds:
The team round consists of 15 questions with numeric answers to be solved in 40 minutes. Team members may work together on this round, and only one answer sheet will be collected.
The power round is a 60-minute team test containing several multi-part questions focusing on a single topic. The questions emphasize logical rigor and ask for proof of all claims. Unless otherwise noted, full write-ups are required for each question.
We will run a variety of activities designed to engage students' minds in a productive fashion. Some events will aim to begin an open-ended dialogue on certain areas of abstract or applied mathematics, while others will focus on more inventive skills, like juggling or card counting. For more information, see the registration desk on the day of the contest!