School's Out for Summer

At Walter Whitman Middle School, to celebrate the last day of school, Mrs. Hanks brought in treats for her class. She has chocolate bars, lollipops and gumballs. Mrs. Hanks tells each student they can choose any combination of three treats from what she has. How many different combinations of three treats can one of her students chose?

Memorial Day

The distinct letters from the word MEMORIAL are used to create set Z, such that Z = {M, E, O, R, I, A, L}. The letters from the word DAY are used to create set Y, such that Y = {D, A, Y}. If set X is the intersection of sets Z and Y, what are the letters in set X?

The intersection of two sets includes all the elements (or members) that are in both sets. So set X = {A}.

2019 National Champion

Last week the national competition concluded, and Daniel Mai from Massachusetts earned the title of MATHCOUNTS National Champion. Let’s look at some of the problems he had to solve on the way to the top!

Sprint #14
Two opposite vertices of a certain square are located at (1, 6) and (−3, 1). If the line y = mx divides this square into two regions of equal area, what is the value of m? Express your answer as a common fraction.

Final Countdown

On Sunday, May 12th, 224 middle-school math students participated in the written rounds of the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition. On Monday, May 13th, the top 12 competitors will go head to head in the National Countdown Round to determine the 2019 MATHCOUNTS National Champion. Let’s solve a few problems from the 2018 National Countdown Round.

2018 National Countdown #21

In square units, what is the area of the triangle with vertices P(−2, 1), Q(3, 8) and R(9, 3)? Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.

National Competition

On Sunday, May 12th, 224 of the nation’s most talented middle-school math minds will be in Orlando, FL for the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition. The stakes are high, and the problems will be tough. Here are a few problems national competitors solved in 2018.

Counting Down to Nationals

The countdown round is often the most anticipated and exciting part of competition for Mathletes® and spectators alike. Here are some of our favorite countdown round problems from the 2019 competitions

School #16
On a certain farm, each chicken has two feet and each rabbit has four feet. If the combined number of chickens and rabbits on the farm is 100 and there are a total of 260 feet on these animals, how many chickens are there?

Counting Down to Nationals

The countdown round is often the most anticipated and exciting part of competition for Mathletes® and spectators alike. Here are some of our favorite countdown round problems from the 2019 competitions

School #16 On a certain farm, each chicken has two feet and each rabbit has four feet. If the combined number of chickens and rabbits on the farm is 100 and there are a total of 260 feet on these animals, how many chickens are there?

The Road to Nationals

“Job well done!” to all the Mathletes® who participated in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series at the school, chapter and state levels. And congratulations to the 224 students who are headed to Orlando next month to compete in the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition! Let’s look at some of the challenging problems competitors faced on the road to Nationals!

School Target #8