MAA-NCS Team Competition

The nineteenth annual team contest is scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 9 am to noon.

The expenses of this competition are covered by a fee of $15 per team. Teams of up to three undergraduate students work collaboratively at their home campuses on the ten problems, under the supervision of local faculty members. The contest is intended to reach a somewhat wider pool of students than the Putnam.

If you wish to participate, please have your department designate a local (departmental) supervisor to

  1. make arrangements with the participating students,
  2. send in an e-mail registration,
  3. arrange for examination space for the teams,
  4. administer the test, and
  5. mail in the papers and the registration fees following the contest.
Because it is not always possible for you to predict exactly how many teams will actually participate, the registration fee need not be paid in advance, but may be submitted along with the contest papers immediately following the contest. Checks should be made payable to North Central Section, MAA.

To register for the contest, please complete and send the form at the end of this message by e-mail not later than Monday, November 2, (earlier is better) to

A .pdf file of the problems and one of a sheet of directions for the supervisor will be sent by email to each supervisor on Friday, November 2. The supervisor will make additional copies of the problems as needed for the participating students.

Questions about the contest, requests for clarifications, and the like, may be directed to me:

Thanks, and best regards,

Jerry Heuer

Report on the 18th Annual NCS/MAA Team Contest (2013)

The eighteenth annual NCS/MAA Team Contest was held on Saturday, November 15, 2014, with 90 teams from 30 universities and colleges participating. The scores ranged from 1 to 100 (100 possible), with a median of 28.5. The first place team, with a perfect score of 100, was the Macalester College team Ramanujan, with team members Shuni Li, Zhaoqi Li and Zun Yin. Second place, with a score of 90, went to the UMNTC team Gophers, with team members Yanpu He, Shijie Ren and Yuxiang Wang. In third place, with a score of 86, is the Carleton College team Carl-Blue, with team members Isaac Garfinkle, Ben Matson and Ruyi Shen. The problems and a set of solutions are posted elsewhere on the NCS website, as are the names of the team members placing in the top third.

Each university or college in the North Central Section of the MAA is invited to enter as many teams of up to three undergraduate students each as desired. The expenses of the contest are covered by an entry fee of $15 per team. An announcement and invitation to register will be sent by email in late September.

For further information, please contact Jerry Heuer:

Dr. Gerald A. Heuer

Professor Emeritus and Mathematician in Residence

Concordia College

Moorhead, MN 56562

2015 Team Competition Solutions and Results

Past North Central Section Team Competitions

2014 Competition Problems Competition Solutions Top Third Team Results
2013 Competition Problems Competition Solutions Top Third Team Results
2012 Competition Problems Competition Solutions Top Third Team Results
2011 Problems Solutions Results
2010 Problems Solutions Results
2009 Problems Solutions Results
2008 Problems Solutions Results
2007 Problems Solutions Results
2006 Problems Solutions Results
2005 Problems Solutions Results
2004 Problems Solutions Results
2003 Problems Solutions Results
2002 Problems Solutions Results
2001 Problems Solutions Results
2000 Problems Solutions Results
1999 Problems Solutions Results
1998 Problems (.html) Solutions
1997 Problems Solutions

MAA-NCS Team Results: Year-by-Year Record of Top Three Teams

For more information contact Professor Jerry Heuer.

Via e-mail address at and by snail mail address at:

Prof. Jerry Heuer

Department of Mathematics

Concordia College

Moorhead, MN 56562

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