MAA-NCS Team Competition

The twenty-third annual team contest is scheduled for Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 9 am to noon.

Teams of up to three undergraduate students work collaboratively at their home campuses on the ten problems, under the supervision of local faculty members. You are allowed to enter as many teams as you wish. Keep in mind that many students who might score zero on the Putnam can profitably participate in the NCS Team Contest, having fun and using their knowledge at the same time.

The Contest will consist of ten problems, which will be graded on the basis of ten points per problem. The problems typically range in difficulty from moderatetly easy to Putnam level. For copies of the problems and solutions from prior years, and related information, see the NCS/MAA website.

An announcement and call for registrations will be sent to one or more mathematics department members of all colleges and universities in the NCS in late September. Meanwhile, inquiries may be addressed to Professor Jerry Heuer,

Report on the Twenty-second Annual NCS/MAA Team Contest (2018)

The twenty-second annual NCS/MAA Team Competition was held on Saturday, November 10, 2018. There were 60 teams from 23 universities and colleges entered. Scores ranged from 0 to 100, with a median of 30. In first place was the team “Mathematics for the Liberal Arts Student” from University of Minnesota Twin Cities, with a score of 100. In second place was the team St. Olaf Jr. from St. Olaf College, with a score of 94. In third place was the team “Perfect Powers” from UMN TC with a score of 92. In a stunning show of force, the other two UMN TC teams were tied for fourth place at 90. The problems and a set of solutions are posted elsewhere on the NCS website, as are the names of the team member 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

2018 Team Competition Solutions and Results

Problems Solutions Top Third Team Results

Past North Central Section Team Competitions

2017 Problems Solutions Results
2016 Problems Solutions Results
2015 Problems Solutions Results
2014 Problems Solutions Results
2013 Problems Solutions Results
2012 Problems Solutions 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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