Math Bowl

Math Bowl is a high school and middle school math contest held annually in early March.

Please join us as we celebrate mathematics, youth, and the future!

The 38th ANNUAL ACADEMIC COMPETITION IN MATHEMATICS or the UC Math Bowl is set to take place on Saturday, March 4th 2023. We intend for the competition to return to an in-person event on the University of Cincinnati Uptown Campus West. There will also be a virtual option. Please check back for more information. Thank you!

Math Bowl 2022 was held virtually.

The 37th  ANNUAL ACADEMIC COMPETITION IN MATHEMATICS or better known as UC Math Bowl, was held virtually this past year from February 28th to March 4th, 2022. We appreciate the faculty members in our local school districts who made this event possible. 

Previous Years

Math kids

The University of Cincinnati Department of Mathematical Sciences sponsored the 35th Annual UC Math Bowl on March 7, 2020. At Math Bowl, students enjoy the opportunity to work collaboratively in teams to explore interesting and challenging math problems. The contest is designed with three levels, from pre-algebra to Calculus. Last year, more than 80 teams from 27 schools in the Cincinnati area gathered on UC's Clifton Campus to compete. 

Number of Participants

Teams of 2 - 5 students each (grades 6 - 12). The contest is limited to a maximum of 80 teams.

Nature of Contest

The competition is split up into two rounds with a short break in between. Teams receive one set of problems in each round which must be solved using mathematical skills, concepts, and problem-solving strategies. Each team has a fixed amount of time to study each set, devise mathematical solutions, and prepare written statements for the judges. Following the second round of competition, students will be given time to eat lunch before the Awards Ceremony. See "Competition Rules" below for an example schedule. Previous year's exams and solutions can also be found below in the "Exams and Solutions" section.

Judging

The panel of judges considers the efficiency, quality, and creativity of the solutions. There are three levels of competition. Each team selects the level at which it wishes to compete (see below). As each set of problems is completed, team solutions are sent to the judges for review. Awards are presented at the end of the competition.

Level 1: Calculus
Level 2: Algebra II and Geometry
Level 3: Algebra I and Pre-Algebra

Resources Needed

Paper, pencils, and calculators. Note: Graphing calculators, such as the TI-81, TI-82, TI-83, or TI-85 are welcome, but those with symbolic manipulations, such as the TI-89 and TI-92, are not permitted.

More Information

Exams & Solutions

Exams and Solutions for previous Math Bowls.  

Photos From Previous Math Bowls