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

Spring's Coming Early!

Over the weekend, the world’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, enjoyed his favorite day of the year – Groundhog Day! According to historical data on Stormfax® Weather Almanac’s website (stormfax.com/ghogday), Phil has predicted a long winter 104 times, and an early spring 18 times from 1887 to 2018 (no data for nine of these years). That makes the odds of Phil seeing his shadow, thereby predicting six more weeks of winter for this year, 52 to 9. Based on this information, what is the percent probability of Phil seeing his shadow?

Time to Compete!

Chapter competitions officially start this week! Are you ready to compete? Perhaps solving these Sprint Round problems from the 2018 Chapter Competition will help you warm up.  

Sprint #15
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?

Gobble! Gobble!

In 2018 the United States is expected to produce 240 million turkeys. That is a decrease of 1% compared to the number of turkeys produced in 2017. How many turkeys were produced in the U.S. during 2017? Express your answer to the nearest million.

Veterans Day

In celebration of Veterans Day, here are a few problems based on data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates.

In the United States in 2017, there were an estimated 251,047,650 adult civilians (persons 18 years of age and older not currently enlisted in the U.S. military). If 18,204,605 of those individuals were veterans, what percentage of the adult civilian population of the United States did veterans account for in 2017? Express your answer to the nearest hundredth.

Voter Turnout

In the town of Newtonville, 60% of the registered voters turned out to cast their votes in the most recent election. If 2814 residents of Newtonville voted in this election, how many registered voters were there in Newtonville?

We are told that 2814 represents 60% of the registered voters in Newtonville. Thus, there are 2814 ÷ 0.60 = 4690 registered voters in Newtonville.

Happy New (School) Year!

A new school year often means new school clothes, new teachers and new friends. One of our favorite parts of a new school year is the release of a new MATHCOUNTS School Handbook! Download your free copy after solving a few problems from some previous handbooks.

Lily is going to the movies with Abby, Bea and Jaclyn. Abby wants to sit at the end of a row, and Bea only cares that she is seated next to Jaclyn. In how many different ways can the girls be seated in a single row that has only four seats?

We're #ALLCAPS

Congratulations to the Washington Capitals hockey team on winning the Stanley Cup! To celebrate the NHL champions, we have a few hockey themed problems for you to solve.

In the quest to win the Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals played in four playoff rounds. During each round, they faced a different opponent in a best-of-seven series, in which the winner was the first team to win four games. What is the absolute difference between the greatest and least number of games that a team could play in four such rounds to become the Stanley Cup Champions?