UNC High School Math Contest

CNCM and the UNC Math Department will host the UNC High School Math Contest on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. The event will be held in Phillips Hall on UNC Campus.

Is this a team event?

Yes, the contest will have two team rounds and one individual round. You will need to register with a team of four students. If you aren’t able to find enough members for a team of 4, join this Discord server!

What will the schedule be?

Here is an approximate timeline. Actual times may vary.

Time Event  Details
8:30-9:00 Check-in  Check-in at the registration table as soon as you arrive.
9:10-10:10 Power Round  1 multi-part proof problem, 60 minutes to complete it with your teammates
10:15 -11:15 Blitz Round Teams select problems of varying difficulties and point values to solve from a grid, 60 minutes to complete.
11:15-12:15 Lunch Pizza will be provided to participants and volunteers. Some of the pizzas will be vegetarian. We encourage you to bring your own food if you have special dietary needs.
12:30-1:30 Individual Round  10 problems, 60 minutes for team to complete them
1:30-2:45 Math Activity Mathematical scavenger hunt.
2:50-3:00 Tiebreaker Round
3:00 – 3:30 Awards Ceremony  Team and individuals awards.


How will the contest work?

This competition will consist of three different rounds: the Individual RoundPower Round, and a special Blitz Round.

The Individual Round will consist of 7 questions that must be answered within 1 hour. These questions cover topics in algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and number theory, and will be ordered in increasing difficulty. The difficulty range will span from mid-AMC to late AIME. We highly recommend checking out the archives of our previous in-person contests or online contests for practice problems!

The Power Round will consist of one multi-part proof problem exploring different aspects of a specific mathematical topic. Participants will have 1 hour to submit the round. The topic will not be announced until the round starts. The problem sheet will explain all the relevant information about the topic.

The Blitz Round where teams select problems of varying difficulties and point values to solve from a grid one at a time. Participants will have 1 hour to work on the round. We recommend you read the competition rules for a detailed explanation on how this round will work.

Detailed information about the rules of the competition rounds can be found here.

How do I register and what does it cost?

Registration is $10 per student. This fee will cover prizes for top contestants and teams, lunch, and t-shirts. Information on how to pay this fee will be included in the form. Please register on this form, More information about the contest is here.

Where is the Phillips Hall?

Phillips Hall is located on UNC Campus, at 120 E Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill, NC.

Are calculators allowed?

Calculators are not allowed for any parts of the contest.

Where can I park?

There is visitor parking available in Swain Lot right across from Phillips Hall on weekends. Additional visitor parking is available in the Morehead Planetarium lot, a short walk from Phillips Hall. Most weeknight parking areas are available on Saturdays without a permit and usually without a fee. There are also public parking decks on Rosemary Street a few blocks away. Please allow extra time to find parking. Carpooling is encouraged!

How can I volunteer?

We need volunteers to proctor and grade. Please sign up on this volunteer form.

Where can I get more information about the UNC High School Math Contest?

Please see https://cncmath.org/unc-math-contest