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by **Deviant Insider** » Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:06 am

I was going to do this as a separate thread, but since this thread is already headed in the noncomp math direction, here are answers to quizbowl questions I have written:

Tossups:

Additive Identity, Ambiguous (Case), Archimedes, Asymptote, Augmented, Bayes (Theorem), Bell/Gaussian/Normal Curve/Distribution, Brahmagupta, Buffon’s Needle, Cantor, Catenary/Hyperbolc Cosine/Cosh, Cauchy-Schwartz (Inequality), Chain Rule, Chi Square(d), Circumcenter, Commutative, Completing the Square, Conditional, Continuous, Convex, Correlation Coefficient, Cosecant, Cube, Cycloid, Cylindrical Shell, Determinant, Differential (Equations), Diophantine (Equations) (accept Diophantus), Discrete, Distributive, Domain, e, Erdos, Extreme Value (Theorem), Flatland, Fourier, Gauss, Godel, Goldbach (Conjecture), Gradient, Green, Group, Harmonic (Series), Hero(n), Hexagon, Hexahedron, Hilbert, Hypatia, Hyperbolic Sine, Independent, Inverse, Kite(s) (or Deltoid(s)), Klein Bottle, Lagrange, Latus Rectum (or Latus Chord), Leibniz, L'Hospital, Linear Programming, Logistic, MacLaurin, Mandelbrot, Mean Value Theorem, Mutual(ly) Exclusive, Napier, Nash, One-to-one (accept Injective), Outlier, Partial (Derivative), Partial Fraction, (Integration by) Parts, Penrose (Tiles or Tiling or Tessellation), Perfect Numbers, Pi, Piecewise, Plane, Poisson, Power (of a Point Theorem), Prime (Numbers), Pythagorean (Theorem), Reference (Angle), Related Rate(s), Riemann, Rolle, Runge-Kutta, Sample Space, Secant, Separable (Differential Equations), Simpson, Sphere, Spiral, Stewart(’s Theorem) (or Apollonius(’s Theorem)), Supplementary, Synthetic (Division or Substitution), Tetrahedron, Trapezoid (Rule), Twin Prime(s), Venn, Wiles, Zeno

Bonuses:

Apollonius/Euler/Boole/Godel, Euclid’s Elements, Parabola/Parabola/Ellipse/Hyperbola, Babbage/Turing/von Neumann/Hopper, Trisecting an angle/doubling a cube/squaring a circle/Fermat's Last Theorem, Odd/Odd/Both/Even/Odd, Algebra/Googol/Rational/Precalculus, Principia/Fluxion/Optics, Euler/Cantor/Bernoulli/Poincaré, Hyperbolic (or Saddle Geometry)/Lobachevsky/Bolyai/Riemann, Fractal/von Koch/Kuhn/Butterfly, In which century were each of the following mathematical concepts first developed?, Topology/Inflection/Difference/Dodecahedron, Arc/Co/Oid (Accept Id)/Hyper, Pi/Magic Square/Pascal's Triangle/Pythagorean Theorem

This list is far from perfect or complete, but I think it shows that there are a lot of askable math topics that are appropriate for high school students. I would think that high school tournaments should have at least 1/1 math, even if a lot of people are opposed to computation. Such questions probably will have a lower conversion rate than other questions, especially as they are being introduced, but a significant number of questions can be written now that will have conversion rates significantly above zero.

David Reinstein
PACE VP of Outreach, Head Writer and Editor for Scobol Solo and Masonics (Illinois), TD for New Trier Scobol Solo and New Trier Varsity, Writer for NAQT (2011-2017), IHSSBCA Board Member, IHSSBCA Chair (2004-2014), PACE Member, PACE President (2016-2018), New Trier Coach (1994-2011)