Official Rules of 2004 Superbowl of High School Calculus

  • Teams consist of 3 players only, no more or less to a team. Schools may enter a maximum of 3 teams. The cost of registration, per team, will be $7, payable by check or money order only. This entry fee covers the costs of the competition, including trophies, which will be awarded to at least the top school. The more schools that participate, the more trophies will be awarded.
  • Only 100 registrations will be accepted for the 2004 Superbowl, and participation is first come, first served. Registration forms must be completed on-line. Your spot in the 2004 Superbowl is not confirmed until you have submitted a complete registration form for each team and the check covering your registration fees has been received. (You will receive payment instructions within 5 business days of submitting the on-line registration form.) If you are entering multiple teams, please register them all on the same day. The current count of registered teams will be posted on the Main Superbowl Page, so you can keep tabs on how many teams have entered already.
  • The contest begins at 9 AM sharp EDT on the morning of Friday, April 30, 2004. Registered schools will receive a web URL in their registration e-mail. At exactly 8:40 AM EDT, the Calculus Superbowl problems will be posted, to allow teachers time to download the problems and copy. them as necessary.
  • All problem solutions must be submitted via USPS Priority Mail, UPS, or FedEx on the day of the contest. Any entries not sent that day will be considered late, and will not be graded, without exception. (No refunds will be given for late entries.) You will receive the address to which the solutions must be sent in your registration confirmation email. Participating schools are responsible for the cost of shipping the documents; any cost incurred for shipping is not included in your entry fee. Submitted papers become the property of Calculus-Help.com, and will not be returned. Schools are advised to make a copy of the entry sheets before shipping them if they wish to retain a copy of their teams’ responses.
  • A teacher or staff member must supervise the students at all times, to make sure that they finish at 12 noon EDT and abide by all the rules.
  • Students must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 (or an equivalent grade for schools not in the US). They may not use any kind of notes, calculator, textbook, computer, PDA or handheld, Internet connection, or any other device or resource similar thereto. Furthermore, they may not receive any kind of help in any fashion from anyone outside the group, including teachers, fellow students, former students, or other groups also participating
  • Students must show all work and explain steps as requested.
  • The contest will consist of 10 problems, from topics including: limits, derivatives, integrals, and basic differential equations. To be as universal as possible, the questions can cover any material on the AP Calculus AB curriculum, as defined by the College Board. Of course, your class does not have to be an AP class to participate. This contest is in no way affiliated with the College Board or ETS and is not intended to be a review or aid for the AP Calculus exam.
  • Each problem will be scored by Michael Kelley, who is affiliated with no school or program. Each problem is worth a maximum of 10 points for a correct answer, making the entire contest worth 100 points. Bonus points may be awarded as the judge sees fit for extraordinary work. The judge’s word is final–if you don’t like it, take your ball and go home. There is no debate and there is no appeal. However, the judge is kind and fair, unlike the French figure skating judge.
  • All participating schools will be ranked according to score. If schools tie, receiving the same score, that tie may be broken if a trophy or certificate is involved. The tie-breaker will be the neatness and presentation of the answers. All schools and their scores will be posted on Calculus-Help.com no later than June 1, 2004.