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NAQT IS/HS Level Math

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 1:57 am
by TheScientists
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?

Re: NAQT IS/HS Level Math

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 5:26 pm
by Wartortullian
Computational math or actual math?

Re: NAQT IS/HS Level Math

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 8:38 pm
by TheScientists
Both.

Re: NAQT IS/HS Level Math

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:17 pm
by matthewspatrick
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: slope-intercept 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, Gay-Lussac's Law, Charles's Law, Boyle's Law
An NAQT comp math question will typically provide the hint as to how to calculate the answer. However, if you already know which formula to apply, you can get a jump on performing the actual calculation.

Re: NAQT IS/HS Level Math

Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 8:17 pm
by DavidB256
I'm not a dedicated math player, but a surprising amount of the math questions that I do get are because of Numberphile videos.

Re: NAQT IS/HS Level Math

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 7:40 am
by Stained Diviner
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 ctrl-f 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.