The 2018 Math Day will be on November 13

Math Day is a Washburn tradition dating back to 1969.  On a Tuesday in November each year, high school students from all over northeast Kansas come to Washburn to compete in a 40-question competitive mathematics exam. Teachers accompanying the students have a discussion of current issues of importance to mathematics educators and/or participate in activities ready for the mathematics classroom. 

After lunch is served, students from each school work as a team to try to win the "Mathnificent Race". This competition, introduced at the 2013 Math Day, includes a scavenger hunt on the Washburn University campus for information required to solve a sequence of problems as quickly as possible. The first team to finish wins a plaque, but every team that completes all of the problems correctly wins a small prize.

In the afternoon, there is an awards ceremony honoring the students’ achievements. The top three individual scorers in the senior and non-senior categories all receive medals, and the top three scorers from each school receive ribbons. Plaques are awarded to the top team in each of the 1A-2A-3A, 4A, and 5A-6A classifications and to the top overall scorer. To add to the fun, there are also raffles for both the students and the teachers with mathematically-oriented prizes.

Morning session prior to math day exam

  • Morning session prior to math day exam

Sponsor's session with Dr. Sharp and Dr. Charlwood

  • Sponsor's session with Dr. Sharp and Dr. Charlwood

Mathnificent Race organized by Dr. Porta and Dr. Shaw

  • Mathnificent Race organized by Dr. Porta and Dr. Shaw

Awarding plaque to top team in their classification

  • Awarding plaque to top team in their classification

Plaque awarded to top team in their classification

  • Plaque awarded to top team in their classification

Representative from team winning Mathnificent Race

  • Representative from team winning Mathnificent Race

Three non-senior top scorers receive gold, silver and bronze medals

  • Three non-senior top scorers receive gold, silver and bronze medals

Three top seniors receive medals

  • Three top seniors receive medals

Math Day Awards Ceremony

Previous Math Days

Three previous Math Day Exams are available:

            1999 Math Day Exam               Solutions

            2004 Math Day Exam               Solutions

            2009 Math Day Exam


Need More Information?

For more information on Math Day, contact Dr. Jennifer Wagner at (785) 670-3224 or jennifer.wagner1@washburn.edu

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Morgan Hall, Room 250
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1491
linda.wilson1@washburn.edu

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