Math Bowl

Math Bowl is a high school/junior high school math contest.

Math Bowl 2018 will be held March 3rd


Math Bowl 2018

The University of Cincinnati Department of Mathematical Sciences sponsored the 32nd Annual Academic Competition in Mathematics, famously known as
the Math Bowl. More than 80 teams from 27 schools in the Cincinnati area gathered on UC's Clifton Campus on Saturday, March 3, 2018, to compete. Students enjoy the opportunity to work collaboratively in teams and explore interesting and challenging math problems. The contest is designed with three levels, from pre-algebra to Calculus.

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

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

Teams receive two sets of problems, 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.


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.

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.

Length of Competition

Competition begins in the morning and ends in time for lunch. A break is provided between the first and second parts. Following the competition, students have free time to interact until the judging is complete.

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

Date, Time and Location

Saturday, March 3, 2018 8 am - 3 pm
University of Cincinnati (Clifton Campus)
meet in Old Chem 525

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Or contact Susie Lewis.

Exams & Solutions

Solutions for previous Math Bowls.

Photos From Previous Math Bowls

  • 2015
  • 2014
Math Bowl