The Jerry Heuer MAA-NCS Team Competition

In honor of the 28 years of service of Professor Emeritus, Dr. Jerry Heuer (1930-2021), the North Central Section voted on October 19, 2019 to rename the MAA-NCS Team Competition the Jerry Heuer MAA-NCS Team Competition.

The twenty-fourth annual Heuer NCS Team contest is scheduled for (date TBD) from 9 am to noon.  The next Team competition will take place in 2022.

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 Heuer 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 below.

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, for more information, please contact current NCS-MAA President.

Report on the Twenty-third Annual NCS/MAA Team Contest (2019)

The twenty-third annual NCS/MAA Team Competition was held on Saturday, November 16, 2019. There were 56 teams from 22 universities and colleges entered. Scores ranged from 0 to 90, with a median of 24. The top three teams all hailed from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  There was a tie for first place with teams "Threeman Hypothesis" and "The Trivial Group" each with a score of 90.   In third place was the team “Tree”  with a score of 86. Bringing in a strong fourth place was team "Galois" from Carleton. The problems and a set of solutions are posted below, as are the names of the teams 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.

2019 Team Competition Solutions and Results

Problems Solutions Top Third Team Results

Past North Central Section Team Competitions

2018 Problems Solutions Results
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 Solutions
1997 Problems Solutions

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


For more information, please contact current NCS-MAA President.

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