AMATYC Student Math League

Math Prize Competition

[This page was last updated on June 16, 2010 .]


The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) has an annual mathematics competition for two-year college students. The AMATYC website has links with competition questions and answers from past exams, past results, and also more details about the eligibility rules. Participants are eligible not only for national awards, but also regional and Pierce College awards.

The competition consists of two rounds. Each round is a one hour, 20-question test, and students may participate in either or both rounds. Although no calculus is required for any of the problems, the exams are challenging. Each correct answer earns two points and each incorrect answer (to a multiple-choice question) earns a penalty of 1/2 point deduction.

Most calculators, including graphing calculators such as the TI-89 and the HP-48G, are allowed. But cell phones, PDA's, and calculators with a "qwerty" keyboard or a removable disk drive are forbidden. Participants need to bring a Pierce ID.

Awards are given to the top 3 Pierce students at the graduation breakfast.


Questions and answers from past competitions are available (in pdf) from links in the table below. (These and other past exams and answers are posted on the AMATYC website.) The Math Club also practices for the contest on Thursdays 12:30 - 1:30 in 1403.

Further information

Click here for the Handout on "Counting Formulas".
The top Pierce students in each round are eligible for prizes to be awarded at the graduation breakfast.

Professors Roya Furmuly in 1409D and Sheri Lehavi in 1409A are the faculty sponsors at Pierce College.