Additional Problems 2016
      To be done at home

2016 Rankings

Problems from Previous

  1. 2015 Individual Competition
    Problems (PDF)
    Solutions (PDF)

  2. 2015 Team Competition
    (Math and Trivia)
    PDF Version

  3. 2014 Individual Competition
    Problems (PDF)
    Solutions (PDF)

  4. 2014 Team Competition
    (Math and Trivia)
    PDF Version

  5. 2013 Individual Competition
    Problems (PDF)
    Solutions (PDF)

  6. 2013 Team Competition
    (Math and Trivia)
    PDF Version

  7. 2012 Individual Competition
    Problems (PDF)
    Solutions (PDF)

  8. 2012 Team Competition
    (Math and Trivia)
    PDF Version

  9. 2011 Individual Competition
    Problems (PDF)
    Solutions (PDF)

  10. 2011 Team Competition
    (Math and Trivia)
    PDF Version

Math Day 2016

The twelfth annual FAU Math Day will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, on the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University. As usual, participants can expect exciting competitions and instructive lectures designed to please everybody who loves mathematics, who is contemplating a career in mathematics or science, or who already is pursuing such a career. If you are a high school student who likes and enjoys mathematics come for a day of excitement and fun, with a chance to win prizes and to learn more about mathematics. If you are a teacher, come to see your students compete and to meet your college colleagues. Math Day is an opportunity for high school mathematics faculty and mathematically inclined students of schools in Palm Beach, Broward, Martin and Dade counties, and for math faculty and students at Florida Atlantic University to get together, get to know each other, and share their appreciation of mathematics.

The current Math Day will show some changes in format. We still will have two competitions: An individual competition, with prizes for the winner and the two runner ups, and a team competition loosely modelled on the AMS competition Who Wants to be a Mathematician. This last competition will alternate between mathematics questions, and what could be called Math Trivia questions; i.e., questions from the history of mathematics. We will award three prizes for that competition: Best in the math part, best in the so called trivia part, best overall. In addition to these competitions we will have one or two more difficult questions for participants to work out at home. Details on the competitions can be found below; more will be forthcoming as we get closer to the day itself.

This year's keynote speaker is Professor Ami Radunskaya, who is a Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College, in Claremont, California. Professor Radunskaya is a very distinguished mathematician and an award winning teacher. She has worked hard in increasing diversity in mathematics and is the co-director of the EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) program. Her areas of research are dynamical systems and mathematical biology, specially mathematical models of cancer immunotherapy, designing strategies for delivery of drugs to the brain, modeling the fate of blood clots and the effect of anti-coagulant. Her work in dynamical systems is closely related to the other passion in Professor Radunskaya's life, namely music. She is a concert level cello player. During 2016 she will serve as president of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Registration:    Students can register as individuals or be registered by a teacher as part of a team. Students registered as part of a team are also automatically registered as individuals and can take part in both competitions. Registration is free and is on a first come, first served basis. It will be held open until 250 students are registered or until 5PM of Thursday March 3, whichever happens first. Depending on the number of participants, late, at the door registration might be allowed. Registration will open in early January; please keep watching this page. The rules for the competitions are:

  • For both competitions held on Math Day, the only allowed implements are pencils (or pens), and paper. The use of any computational devices that uses any form of electric power, including all types of calculators, iphones, ipads, droids, smart watches, time machines, etc. is strictly forbidden. Any individual or team displaying any of these objects will be immediately disqualified. You should not need any of them. We will allow, however, an abacus, or a slide rule, or a set of Napier's bones.

  • For the team competition, a team consists of three to five students of the same school, sponsored by a teacher from the school. We will allow non-sponsored teams to compete, but they will not be in the running for the cash prize (though they might win other prizes). Sponsored teams play for their school and the sponsoring teacher (or her/his representative) picks up the prize of the winning team. The school can be a private or public school, but it has to have a valid tax identification number.

  • Each "work at home" question will consist of a more challenging problem and the solution will require a certain amount of writing. Full details will be provided on Math Day.

  • In the description of prizes below, Winning Team A is the team with the best score in the math part. Wining Team B is the team representing a school other than the school of Winning Team A with the highest best overall score. Winning Team C is the team with the highest score in the math trivia part, from a school other than the schools of teams A and B.

  • The following prizes will be awarded:A dispute center will be set up to deal with possible disputes. The decision of the judge or judges at the center will be final.

    • Winner, Individual Competition: $500.

    • First Runner Up, Individual Competition: $400.

    • Second Runner Up, Individual Competition: $300.

    • Next three contestants Consolation prize: $50

    • School of Winning Team A: $600.

    • School of Winning Team B: $500.

    • School of Winning Team C: $500.

    • Take Home Questions: Three best answers: $100 each. Answers will have to be in before a deadline to be announced later. Complete details will be announced on Math Day

    There also will be some symbolic prizes for the teachers attending the event. Additional prizes may be announced later.


8:00-8:30 AM Pick up registration packages
8:30-9:00 AM

Reception by the Chair of Mathematical Sciences at FAU (GN 101)

International Salute of Mathematicians (James Tanton, video)

9:00-10:15AM Individual Competition (GN 101)

Lecture for Sponsors:
Title: Fractal Wallhangings
Professor Ana Escuder (PS 109)
10:30-11:30AM Keynote Address:
Title: The Sound of Chaos
Professor Ami Radunskaya
11:30AM-1:00PM Lunch
1:30-3:00PM Team Competition
3:00-3:30PM Awards Ceremony (Sponsors)(GN 101)

For questions or suggestions, send your e-mails to
or call Dr. Tomas Schonbek at (561) 297-3355.
Suggestions from teachers, especially from those who attended previous Math Days, are particularly welcome.

On Line Registration

Student, individually

Teacher, registering a team

Teacher, registering individually
The reception, both competitions, the keynote lecture and the awards ceremony will take place in GN 101.

Participants should first go to the SE Building for registration, and directions to the other venues. Breakfast will be held in the PS building, right beside the SE building. SE appears as Building # 43 on the interactive FAU map at Parking will be in lot 4.

About FAU. Florida Atlantic University serves over 30,000 undergraduates, and 5,000 graduate and professional students in a rapidly expanding urban environment with a main campus located three miles from the Atlantic Ocean, on an 850-acre site in Boca Raton. The department of mathematical sciences offers the degrees BA, BS, MS, MS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, MS in Teaching, and PhD in Mathematics. There are 35 faculty members in the department, most of them actively engaged in research in areas that range from the purely classical to cutting edge applications in biomathematics and communications security. Students graduating from the department have the option of pursuing careers in teaching, in industry, or continue their mathematical education by enrolling in a graduate program, either at FAU or elsewhere. For qualified students, the department offers a combined BS-MS program.


Math Day 2016 is made possible through the very generous underwriting sponsorship of Wells Fargo Bank.

Math Day is organized by Tomas Schonbek, Emily Cimillo, and Sonia Kimbrough. However, it would not be possible without the enthusiastic and indispensable support received from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Center for Cryptology and Information Security, the staff, faculty, and students of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and last, but definitely not least, from all the hard working high school mathematics teachers in Broward, Palm Beach, Dade, and Martin counties.