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2018
 Live! with Kelly & Ryan: Kelly & Ryan Have a Rematch with MATHCOUNTS Winner Luke Robitaille
 Raytheon.com: A champion who really counts
 Press release: Texas Teen Repeats to Become First 2x Winner of Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Competition
 Press release: MATHCOUNTS Board of Directors Announces Selection of Kristen Chandler as Executive Director
 Press release: MATHCOUNTS Board of Directors Announces Resignation of Executive Director Lou DiGioia
Past Favorites
2017
 Wall Street Journal: A 13YearOld Math Whiz on the Best Calculators and OnlineChess Sites
 New York Times: Math Champion Wins With Answer About Pecking Chicks
 New York Times: Math Problem
 Live! with Kelly & Ryan: Kelly & Ryan vs. MATHCOUNTS 2017 Winner
 WUSA9 Great Day Washington: 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition
 Raytheon.com: Where the math really adds up
 Business Insider: A 13yearold home school student just won $20,000 in a math competition on ESPN—see if you can answer the winning question
 Press release: Luke Robitaille named 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Champion
2016
 Associated Press: Seventh grader wins national math bee
 WUSA9 Great Day Washington: MATHCOUNTS National Competition
 Microsoft On the Issues: Washington state math wiz takes first prize in national MATHCOUNTS competition
 Deadspin.com: ESPN Aired A Mathletics Competition And It Was Amazing
 Education Week: Middle School Math Bee Names National Champion
 Raytheon.com: The Math Master
 Press release: Edward Wan named 2016 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Champion
2015
 Boston Globe: Students make it to ‘Super Bowl of adolescent math’
 USA Today: Here'show to explain why math matters
 USA Today: 14yearold math champ's winning answer
 WBUR Learning Lab: Kids Shine as National Math Competition Comes to Boston
 Boston.com: Thundersticks and ESPN: Making mathletes ‘the winners they are’
 Education World: It All Adds Up: Coaching Math Teams Helps Kids Reach Their Full Potential
 Press release: MATHCOUNTS Foundation Announces New Chair, Members of the Board of Directors
 Press release: Kevin Liu Named 2015 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Champion
2014
 ABC World News with Diane Sawyer: Becoming a 'Mathlete'
 Press release: California 8thgrader, Swapnil Garg, crowned National Champion at 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS® National Competition
Sample Problems for the Media
MATHCOUNTS has provided this set of sample problems for the media’s use. These are actual problems from the 2017 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series and are representative of the problems Mathletes® will be solving this year. Learn more about the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series.
This year’s problems may not be published or used in any manner by the media. We appreciate your efforts to recognize the students participating in MATHCOUNTS, and your assistance to ensure Competition Series problems are not compromised for students taking the competition at a later date.
Sprint Round

Students cannot use calculators

Students have 40 minutes to complete 30 problems

Students must work independently
Sample Problem #1 (Chapter Level): By switching two of the digits of the number 123,456, Rodrigo obtains a new number that is 1980 more than the original. What is the product of the two digits Rodrigo switched? (answer: 15)
Sample Problem #2 (State Level): Oliver rolls three fair standard sixsided dice. What is the probability that there is at least one pair of dice whose top faces sum to 6? Express your answer as a common fraction. (answer: 19/54)
Target Round

Students are permitted to use calculators

Students have 6 minutes for each of 4 pairs of problems

Students must work independently
Sample Problem #1 (Chapter Level): Aiden and Bryce are racing around a race track. They begin together at the starting line, and Aiden’s car completes a lap every 44 seconds, while Bryce’s car completes a lap every 40 seconds. How many seconds after they begin the race will Aiden and Bryce first reach the starting line at the same time? (answer: 440 seconds)
Sample Problem #2 (State Level): One evening, Varun finishes reading a novel that he has been reading for several days and finds the ending so exciting that he immediately begins reading the novel’s sequel. Each novel has pages numbered consecutively, starting with page 1. Each novel has fewer than 1000 pages. If Varun reads a total of 42 pages in one sitting and the sum of the page numbers he reads in that sitting is 2018, what is the number of the last page of the first novel? (answer: Page 265)
Team Round

Students are permitted to use calculators

Students have 20 minutes to answer 10 problems

Students work in teams of 4 members
Sample Problem #1 (Chapter Level): The degree measures of the angles of a hexagon are x + 10, 2x + 80, 3x − 60, 4x + 40, 5x − 10, and 6x − 33. What is the degree measure of the largest angle of the hexagon? (answer: 172 degrees)
Sample Problem #2 (State Level): Jackie sold two cars for $25,000 each. The first car sold for a profit of 22%, and the second sold at a loss of 7%. What was the total percent profit on the sale of the two cars? Express your answer to the nearest hundredth. (answer: 5.54 percent)
Countdown Round

Students cannot use calculators

Students have no more than 45 seconds to answer each problem

Each round is a headtohead challenge between two students
Sample Problem #1 (Chapter Level): A prize of $900 is to be shared in the ratio of 2:1:1 among three awardees. How many dollars are in the smallest share? (answer: 225 dollars)
Sample Problem #2 (State Level): What is the perimeter, in units, of a regular hexagon whose longest diagonal has length 8 units? (answer: 24 units)
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