NAQT IS/HS Level Math

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NAQT IS/HS Level Math
I'm new to doing quizbowl (I've only done NHBB to date), and I'm beginning my QB grind. How should I approach to prepping Math?
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Re: NAQT IS/HS Level Math
Computational math or actual math?
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Re: NAQT IS/HS Level Math
For computational math there are some categories of basic formulas to know (certainly not a complete list):
 Geometry: areas, perimeters, and interior/exterior angles of common polygons; volumes/surface area of common solids; V  E + F = 2
 Statistics: mean (arithmetic, harmonic, geometric), median, combinations/permutations, basic probability/expected value
 Percent growth/decay (including interest/ROI; Rule of 72)
 Arithmetic/geometric progressions (Nth term and sums)
 Analytic geometry: slopeintercept line equations, distance between two points, equations for conic sections
 Trigonometry: values of sine, cosine, and tangent; understanding relationship between those and secant, cosecant, and cotangent; degree/radian conversions
 Physics: velocity and displacement
 Chemistry: ideal gas law, GayLussac's Law, Charles's Law, Boyle's Law
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Re: NAQT IS/HS Level Math
I'm not a dedicated math player, but a surprising amount of the math questions that I do get are because of Numberphile videos.
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Re: NAQT IS/HS Level Math
If you go to https://www.quizdb.org/ and do a question search of science math of regular high school difficulty on "the" you get 207 tossups and 122 bonuses. Also, the Masonic sets at http://quizbowlpackets.com/ have a lot of math and name categories, so you can do ctrlf math. The Masonic bonuses mix computation with noncomputation, which is unusual.
If you want to get better at computational math, join your school's math team.
If you want to get better at computational math, join your school's math team.
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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 (20112017), IHSSBCA Board Member, IHSSBCA Chair (20042014), PACE Member, PACE President (20162018), New Trier Coach (19942011)