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West River Math Contest

Mighty in math? Put those skills to the test in the 72nd West River Math Contest

We invite students from South Dakota schools to participate in this competition, held on the campus of South Dakota Mines on Monday, May 6th, 2024. Entry form (link at right) must be submitted by your school.

Divisions*

  • ALGEBRA I
    for students who have had no more than one year of Algebra
  • GEOMETRY
    for students who have Geometry in progress
  • ALGEBRA II
    for students who have Advanced Algebra in progress
  • ADVANCED MATH
    for students having completed Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and are now taking Trigonometry, Solid Geometry, or other senior level courses.
  • MASTER'S
    for students who have already participated in the Advanced Math Division.

*Some schools do not offer these courses in this sequence, or you may have some students out of sequence. A student should take the exam for the course in which he/she is enrolled regardless of age or grade.

Date: Mon, May 6th, 2024
Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
South Dakota Mines Campus
King Center | Campus Map


Entry Deadline:

Monday, April 15th, 2024


Donations

Registration for contestants for the West River Math Contest is free thanks to our generous sponsors. If interested in contributing, please visit our donation page: https://raisingforrockers.sdsmt.edu/organizations/mathematics 

For more information

Contact:
MICHELLE RICHARD-GREER
Dept. of Mathematics
South Dakota Mines
501 E. St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

(605) 394-2471
michelle.richard-greer@sdsmt.edu


General Information

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Entries

A school with less than 300 students enrolled in grades 9-12 may enter from one to six contestants in each division. Schools with more than 300 students enrolled in grades 9-12 may enter from one to 10 contestants in each division. If your school has less than 300 students but you wish to enter more than 6 students in any category, your school will be classified in the A division.    

Format

The contest will consist of a fifty-minute test followed by a twenty-minute test. The latter will be scored only if it is necessary to break ties. The contestant's score will be the score achieved on the fifty-minute test.

Pencils and Paper

All contestants should plan to provide their own pencils. The college will provide scratch paper.

Tests and Scoring

The tests in all divisions will be prepared and scored by the faculty of the Mathematics Department at South Dakota Mines.

Calculators and Cellphones

Calculators are not necessary for the exam and we will not allow their use. The use of cellphones is strictly prohibited during testing.

Prizes

Schools will be split into two classes: Class A and Class B. Please indicate your school’s enrollment in grades 9-12 and we will classify you accordingly. Prizes will be awarded in each class to the top five in each division. The top scorer in each division will be awarded a prize. The exception is in the Master's Division, which will have only 1 prize, to be awarded to the top scorer.


Contest Schedule

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9:30 am
General Meeting
All students and teachers will meet in the Fraser gymnasium in the King Center.

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10:00-11:30 am
Testing
Rooms for sessions TBA

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11:30 am - 1:30 pm
INTERMISSION

Our dining hall on campus will be open on May 6th. Lunch information will be updated closer to the contest date. We will ask that students are grouped by school with their teacher/chaperone handling total funds for their group to speed up the line through the cashier this year.

Before or after lunch, students can participate in a “scavenger-hunt” style tour of our campus which includes a stop at the Museum of Geology in small groups.

We do require you to indicate on your entry form an estimate of how many students are interested in touring campus and the number of people staying with us for lunch.

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1:30 pm
Awards Ceremony
Fraser Gymnasium in the King Center



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