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Attention Schools, Join The Upcoming MSMS Math Competition

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science’s annual Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Tournament has been a state tradition for nearly 30 years.  Now, MSMS wants to expand the popular program to more schools, and we need your help to spread the word to schools that might be interested.

MSMS students do not compete in the tournament, rather the school’s students host and facilitate the event. The MSMS Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Tournament is just one of the many statewide outreach programs conducted by the school.

The tournament will take place on February 21, 2017 at the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus, Mississippi. Currently, 14 Mississippi high schools have signed up to take part in the event, but the tournament has room for more. MSMS is asking for help identifying schools who might wish to take part in the competition.

Details concerning the format of the tournament and schedule can be found below, however, the deadline for registering is Jan. 20, 2017. The registration fee is $14 per student. For more information, or to register please contact MSMS Executive Assistant Amber Lynn Moore at or by calling 1-800-400-4656.

Areas of the ciphering competition in the Mu Alpha Theta Math Tournament will consist of five levels:

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Trig/Pre-Cal
  • Calculus

Written tests will also be given in these five areas.  Students may compete only in areas in which they are presently enrolled in classes, with two exceptions: 1) any post-Algebra II students may participate in the Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, or Calculus competitions, 2) students on a 4 × 4 block schedule may take the test for the courses completed in the Fall semester. Calculators will NOT be allowed on any competition.

Written Test: The test will consist of multiple choice questions. The score will be the number of correctly answered questions. If necessary, time will be used to break ties.

Ciphering: Points will be awarded on the basis of 2 points for questions answered correctly within the first minute and 1 point for questions answered correctly within the second minute. Team scores will consist of the sum of the scores of the four highest cipherers.

Mini-Interschool Round: Each school will be allowed to enter one team, consisting of 1 to 10 students, where the team cannot have more than 5 students from the Calculus division. Each team will work as a group for the allotted time. Each team is allowed to bring THREE reference books with them to be used in the round. Students are not allowed to bring ANY electronic devices where they can send and receive information!

Potpourri: Each school may enter one four-person team. The team will work logical thinking, puzzle-type questions not particularly related to any one area of mathematics. Since the mini-interschool and potpourri competitions are held at the same time, different team members must be selected.

Awards and/or trophies will be presented in each of the areas of competition. In addition, trophies will be awarded to the schools with the highest combined total points for the day.

Participating Schools:

  1. Jackson Prep
  2. St. Andrews
  3. Grenada HS
  4. Pontotoc HS
  5. Lee Academy
  6. Northwest Rankin HS
  7. Heritage Academy
  8. Amory High School
  9. Rosa Scott HS
  10. Tupelo HS
  11. Neshoba Central HS
  12. Jackson Academy
  13. East Side High School
  14. Ridgeland High Schoo

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