MAA-NCS Team Competition

The twenty-second annual team contest is scheduled for Saturday, November 10, 2018 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.

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 ($15 per team) 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 Friday, November 2, 2018 (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 21th Annual NCS/MAA Team Contest (2017)

The twentieth annual NCS/MAA Team Contest was held on Saturday, November 11, 2017. There were 67 teams from 28 universities and colleges entered. Scores ranged from 0 to 100, with a median of 35. Congratulations to the teams St. Olaf College Jr and Math Nerds 3.0 for their top two scores of 100 and 95, respectively (the same St. Olaf Jr team placed first in the 2016 contest). In third place is the team Julia of Carleton with a score of 85. 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

2017 Team Competition Solutions and Results

Competition Problems Competition Solutions Top Third Team Results

Past North Central Section Team Competitions

2016 Competition Problems Competition Solutions Top Third Team Results
2015 Competition Problems Competition Solutions Top Third Team Results
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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