MAA-NCS Team Competition

The eighteenth annual team contest is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 15, 2014.

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 Wednesday, October 24, 2012, (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 17th Annual NCS/MAA Team Contest (2013)

The seventeenth annual NCS/MAA Team Contest was held on Saturday, November 16, 2013, with 83 teams from 26 universities and colleges participating. The scores ranged from 0 to 95 (100 possible), with a median of 30. Tied for first place with 95 points were the teams Carl-Purple from Carleton College, with team members Isaac Garfinkle, Michelle Mastrianni, and Jacob Spear, and Norway Pine from UMNTC, with team members Yunpeng Shi, Weiming Zhang, and Hyunwoo Kim. In third place with 80 points was the team Gophers from UMNTC, with team members Yuxuang Chen, Yanpu He, and Yuxiang Wang. 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

2013 Team Competition Solutions and Results

Competition Problems Competition Solutions Top Third Team Results

Past North Central Section Team Competitions

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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