The contest is set for April 22, 2020, in the Barnett Center at NSU.
Northern's mathematics faculty members will write tests that cover specific areas of mathematics. Divisions included in the contest are (1) elementary algebra, (2) geometry, (3) advanced algebra, and (4) senior division. Each test usually consists of 35-50 multiple choice questions and a tie breaker. The test usually takes about 50 minutes.
The contest itself is not open to the public; however, all are welcome to attend the awards ceremony at 1 p.m. in the upstairs gym of the Barnett Center.
To be added to the contest mailing list or for more information, call 605-626-2456 or email secretary Linda Richards.
Northern State University's Mathematics Department started offering a mathematics contest in 1953. The contest was developed to give area high school teachers an opportunity to compare the mathematical skills of their students with the skills of students from other schools. In addition, the contest served to promote interest in mathematics.
Two members of the NSU mathematics faculty - Scout Mewaldt and Edwin Williamson - created the contest, and its popularity has grown throughout the years. The contest started in 1953 with approximately 40 students from eight area schools in attendance. Today, more than 1,000 students from dozens of schools participate.