**Guidelines**

The following are guidelines
to consider while competing in this year’s contest:

·
Mathematical terminology is used throughout all of the tests.
You may wish to prepare your younger students for words like “sum”,
“product”, “difference”, “quotient”, "integer",
"sequence", etc.

·
Figures are not necessarily drawn to scale.

·
Problems are not necessarily in order of difficulty.
Contestants are encouraged to look the entire test over during the time
interval. A competitor who focuses
on early hard problems may not get to later easy problems.

·
The words “mean” and “average”, without qualifiers, shall
represent the arithmetic mean.

·
In triangles, unless otherwise specified, uppercase letters
represent the vertices (or angles) of a triangle, lower case letters represent
the lengths of the sides opposite these vertices.
E.g. in triangle *ABC*, *a*, *b*,
and *c* are the lengths of the sides opposite *A*, *B*, and *C*.

·
“Natural numbers” and “counting numbers” are considered to
be the same set, and do not contain zero.

·
If consistent units are used throughout a problem, assume the
answer should be in terms of those units as well, unless otherwise specified.
If no units are used in a problem, assume “units”, “square
units”, etc., were used throughout.

**Students
should bring a pencil and an eraser to each competition. All other
materials will be provided. **

Any other accommodations __must be approved in advance__ (Nov 18)