And we now wrap up the 2013 test. Next set will be from the early years.

Some algebra for today. Typical for the last questions, there is one infinite geometric series. Here is the one for this test:

Difficulty: Medium.

Difficulty: Hard, sort of. The units digit is easy but the tens digit follows a more complicated pattern and takes a while to find.

Difficulty: Medium, but the kids will find it Hard.

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 39, answer 40, answer 41. Published 5/6.

# The Math Contest

## Sunday, January 20, 2013

## Saturday, January 19, 2013

### 2013 - 37 & 38

Some algebra for today.

Difficulty:Medium if the AHA ! moment is found. Hard if you don't see the path.

Difficulty: Medium, but the kids will find it Hard.

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 37, answer 38. Published 5/5.

Difficulty:Medium if the AHA ! moment is found. Hard if you don't see the path.

Difficulty: Medium, but the kids will find it Hard.

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 37, answer 38. Published 5/5.

## Friday, January 18, 2013

### 2013 - 35 & 36

Two nice geometry questions.

Difficulty: Medium?

Difficulty: Medium, but the kids will find it Hard.

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 35, answer 36. Published 5/4.

Difficulty: Medium?

Difficulty: Medium, but the kids will find it Hard.

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 35, answer 36. Published 5/4.

## Thursday, January 17, 2013

### 2013 - 33 &34

Most of the time, I hate questions that include the words "How many different ways ...", but this one wasn't bad. The other one? Wasn't to be this year. Didn't have the slightest clue.

Difficulty: Hard, until you ask the question correctly. Then it's medium.

Difficulty: No clue.

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 33, answer 34. Published 5/3.

Difficulty: Hard, until you ask the question correctly. Then it's medium.

Difficulty: No clue.

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 33, answer 34. Published 5/3.

## Wednesday, January 16, 2013

### 2013 - 31 & 32

If you're not clear on the process, these two are difficult.

Difficulty: Hard.

Difficulty: Pretty easy, although most kids would rate it a Medium.

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 31, answer 32. Published 5/2.

Difficulty: Hard.

Difficulty: Pretty easy, although most kids would rate it a Medium.

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 31, answer 32. Published 5/2.

## Tuesday, January 15, 2013

### 2013 - 29 & 30

Another geometry question? This test seemed to have a bunch in a row.

Difficulty: Hard.

Difficulty: Medium. Series and complex numbers in the same question? What fun !

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 29, answer 30. Published 5/1.

Difficulty: Hard.

Difficulty: Medium. Series and complex numbers in the same question? What fun !

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 29, answer 30. Published 5/1.

## Monday, January 14, 2013

### 2013 - 27 & 28

Some people like these questions. I don't care for them and I rarely attempt them on the test.

Difficulty: I guess it's a medium, but I have no real sense 'cause I didn't try it !

Difficulty: Medium, if they have done conics; hard, if not.

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 27, answer 28. Published 4/30.

Difficulty: I guess it's a medium, but I have no real sense 'cause I didn't try it !

Difficulty: Medium, if they have done conics; hard, if not.

Standard instructions for this series: No calculator allowed. Express answers in reduced form. Rationalize denominators. Radicals must be reduced. All numbers are base ten unless otherwise specified. Do not approximate radicals or π. Leave such answers as 1025π or √39, for example. Source: UVM Math Contest 2013

answer 27, answer 28. Published 4/30.

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