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The following are the official rules for the Newport Math Challenge. All contestants must agree to follow these rules before they will be allowed to register for the contest.

Summary of Important Rules

  • This challenge is designed to help you appreciate mathematics, grow as a math student, and be more prepared to take the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) in February 2009.
  • You must be a student at Newport High School to participate.
  • You must register for an account and fill out all required information.
  • Questions will be posted at school near the math display case and online at this website.
  • Answers are due online each Friday at 9:00 PM.
  • You may use a calculator, but not your friends!
  • Be careful - some questions are worth more points than others.
  • 20 points possible per week x 5 weeks = 100 points possible. No guessing penalty.
  • The top scorers in each grade level (9, 10, 11, and 12) will be recognized at the end of the contest.
  • Your score will only be compared to other people in your grade.
  • Check back each week to review the previous weeks' solutions - this is how you will learn the most.
  • If you have a question or would like to report an error, email challenge@newportmathclub.org.
  • If you have further questions, please review the detailed rules below.
  • Good luck, and have fun solving!

Official Rules

Eligibility and Registration

  • A contestant is defined as anyone who meets the qualifications to enter the contest and chooses to do so.
  • All contestants must be students in grades 9-12 currently enrolled at Newport High School at the time of entry.
  • No contestant may be an officer on leadership in the Newport Math Club at the time of the contest.
  • All contestants must register online, accept these rules, and provide their full name, grade level, math level, and email address to be eligible to compete. Failure to provide accurate information or failing to abide by the rules could result in a penalty up to and including disqualification.

Contest Format

  • There will be five  questions given each of the five weeks during the contest period, for a total of 25 questions.
  • Questions will cover a variety of math topics at a variety of levels of difficulty. Students should not feel discouraged if questions seem challenging, as they are aimed to be slightly more difficult than those that will appear on the AMC.
  • Questions will be posted online on the contest page and also at Newport High School near or on the math display case, which is located between Mr. Nonis' and Mrs. Fiveash's rooms on the first floor math wing.
  • The answer to each question will be an integer. No answer should be a fraction or contain a decimal part.
  • Answers will be due online at 9:00 PM each Friday evening during the contest period. Deadlines for each week will be posted along with that week's questions.
  • No late answers will be accepted for any reason.
  • Answers and solutions will be posted for each week sometime after the deadline for that week. It is recommended that all contestants review the solutions to sharpen their skills for future math tests such as the American Mathematics Competition (AMC).

Use of Aides

  • Use of a standard four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator is permitted, but by no means required.
  • Use of computer software is permitted.
  • Contestants may not share or discuss the questions or answers for any week by any means until after 9:00 PM on the Friday of that week, after the deadline has passed.
  • Students found to have collaborated, distributed answers, or otherwise cheated and/or violated the spirit of the contest may be given a penalty up to and including disqualification.

Scoring

  • Each question will be assigned a point value between 1 and 10 points. Most questions will be worth between 2 and 6 points.
  • Contestants will receive the point value designated for a question if and only if he/she submitted the correct answer to the question online before the deadline for the week of the question.
  • There will be no point deduction for the submission of an incorrect answer.
  • There will be 20 points possible each week, for a possible total of 100 points throughout the week.
  • At the end of the contest, the score of each contestant will be totaled.
  • The top scorers in each grade level (9, 10, 11, and 12) will be recognized. Each student's score will only be compared to other contestants in his/her grade level.
  • A list of the top scorers in each grade level may be posted at Newport High School near the display case, kept on file with Newport Math Club, or displayed on a secured section of the Newport Math Club website only available to club members.

Errors

  • Due to the nature of the contest, questions may arise that contain errors or are unclear.
  • The contest administrators will do their best to clarify the questions and eliminate any errors that arise.
  • Contestants may file a complaint about any question during the contest by emailing a corrected question, solution, or proof with sufficient clarification as to the problem with the unclear or flawed question to challenge@newportmathclub.org.
  • Such complaints must be received by the submission deadline for the final week of the contest to be valid for consideration.
  • Please notify webmaster@newportmathclub.org if there is an error on the website, especially if it causes difficulty in participating in the contest or submitting answers. All comments and suggestions are appreciated.
  • Any contestant who attempts to modify, hack, or otherwise gain access to or manipulate the website with the intent or result of interfering with the contest or otherwise affecting its outcome may be penalized or disqualified.

Contest Administration

  • The contest will be overseen by the officers and advisor of the Newport Math Club.
  • The contest administrators reserve the right to alter any question or answer at any time in an effort to make the contest more fair and rewarding to all who participate.
  • The contest administrators reserve the right to change these rules at any time and without warning to make the contest more fair and rewarding to all who participate.
  • The contest administrators reserve the right to disqualify or diminish the score of any contestant who does not meet the requirements to enter the contest or violates any of the rules on this page.

Privacy Policy

  • We value the privacy of all our contestants.
  • All submissions of data, answers, complaints, error requests, and scores become the property of Newport Math Club.
  • Information used to recognize top scorers and that may be published in score reports is limited to each contestants' name, grade, and math level.
  • Email addresses, usernames, and passwords submitted during contestant registration will be kept strictly among club administration and will not be posted publicly, distributed to third parties, or displayed on score reports.
  • All contest data may be kept on record electronically on a secure section of the Newport Math Club Website, electronically with Newport Math Club's other data files, and on paper records filed with the Newport Math Club.
  • For more information about privacy, or if you have any concerns, please email webmaster@newportmathclub.org.

Good luck, and have fun!