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First Annual PIMS Elementary Grades Math Contest
Saturday, 19th June, 1999, from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. in
Rooms 104 and 110 of the ANGUS Building at UBC.
The exact address of the Angus Building is 2053 Main Mall. On the attached
campus map it is marked in red. The bus loop and the
bookstore are marked in green for the purpose of orientation. An old black and white
photo of the Angus building is also available. The
main entrance is in the bottom right corner of that picture. A weekend flat rate of $3 is
charged for parking on the UBC campus.
Click here if you want to check who else beside you has registered for this contest. The list is alphabetical (first names first) within each grade.
Between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. contestants must report to the Registration Desk in the foyer of the Angus Building. There will be two divisions:
 Division 1: Grades 5 & 6
 Division 2: Grade 7
Schedule
12:30  1:00 pm  Registration

1:00  1:15 pm  Opening Remarks

1:15  2:00 pm 
Sprint Round (25 questions in 40 minutes)

2:00  2:40 pm 
Target Round (3 sets of 3 questions in 10 minutes)

2:40  2:55 pm 
Refreshment Break

2:55  3:40 pm 
Problem Solving Round (strategies and common
mistakes will be discussed)

3:40  4:30 pm 
Countdown Round

4:30  5:00 pm 
Awards Presentation

Since this is the first year of the contest, there was unfortunately no time to organize teams for a Team Round. They are, however, planned for next year.
This information  including
sample problems  is also available on the internet at
http:// www. math.ubc.ca/~hoek/PIMS/Elmacon/Elmacon.html
and will be updated as necessary.
Contacts
Dr. Cary Chien
David Thompson Secondary,
1755 East 55th Avenue,
Vancouver, V5P 1Z7


Tel.: (604) 321  6741
fax.: (604) 322  5681

Dr. Klaus Hoechsmann
Department of Mathematics, UBC
#121  1984 Mathematics Road,
Vancouver, V6T 1Z2


Tel.: (604) 822  5458
fax.: (604) 822  6074

Format
This competition is open to all students between Grade 5 and Grade 7 free of charge. The Grade 5 and 6 students will be competing in one division while the Grade 7
students will compete in a separate division.
1 Sprint round
The competition consists of a sprint round, a target around, and a countdown
round. In the sprint round there will be a total of 25 to 30 questions. The
participants will have 40 minutes to finish the questions. No calculators
are allowed. Here is a sample question:
Ex.: Determine the sum of the following series: 1 + 3 + 5 + … + 197 + 199.
2 Target round
The target round consists of 9 questions. Three of them are given in a
package at a time and the participants will have 10 minutes to complete each
set of questions. Nonprogrammable calculators are allowed in this round.
Ex: There six people in a room. If each of them shakes hands with all the
others, how many handshakes will there be in total?
3 Countdown
Only the top ten students of each division will be invited to their own
countdown round. The score is calculated by combining the number of correct
responses in the sprint and the target rounds with each correct answer in
the target round counted as two marks.
In the countdown round, the tenth ranking student will first go up against
the ninth ranking student. They will be seated in front of a projector
which displays one question at a time, and have buzzers in front of them,
which they may ring  within a 45 seconds time limit  as soon as they
know the answer. After the ringer's name is called, the answer must be
provided within 3 seconds. If it is correct, a point is scored; otherwise
the opponent will have the rest of the 45 seconds to come up with the
solution. In order to beat the opponent, a contestant must have the better
point total after three questions. In the event of a tie, a sudden death
round will occur, in which the first person to answer one question
correctly will advance.
The winner between the ninth and tenth ranking student gets to face the
eighth ranking student and so on. The rules change slightly when the
challenger gets to the fourth ranking student: the winner from then on
is whoever first answers three consecutive questions correctly. Eventually
an overall winner for each division will be determined. If time permits,
the top few students from each division may be arranged in another countdown
round going face to face against each other.