**Future Contests and Rescheduling Contests **
Contest dates are Feb. 8, Mar. 7, and Apr. 11. Our annual
*Algebra Course
I Contest* is in April. If circumstances (such as
**vacations, school
closings or special testing days**) *require* it, we permit you
to give the contest on another date. If your scores are late, please attach
a brief explanation, or the scores may be considered unofficial.

**Regional Groupings **We sometimes receive
requests about regional groupings. Within guidelines, we *try*, when
possible, to honor such requests for the next school year.

**Student Cumulative Scores** Although
completion of the Cumulative Column is optional, *we list (and consider
official) only cumulative scores reported in this column*. A
student whose cumulative scores are incorrect (or don't appear regularly
in the

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**General Comments: ** Art Wenk wrote
"I don't know how you keep turning out great questions year after year,
but we really enjoy the contests. We have upwards of 70 participants each
time." Gary B. Hicks said contest 3 was "another great contest! Our kids
really look forward to these contests. Keep on keepin' on." Eric Brohaugh
said "Keep up the good work. Both my students and I enjoy your tests!"
Don Stewart said that his "students did poorly on this contest. It was
too soon after coming back after the holidays." John P. Wojtowicz called
contest 3 a "good contest." Suzanne Moll said "We thoroughly enjoyed contest
3. Once again, you found a very creative way to use the year in a problem,
and not as an answer this time."

** Alternate Solution to Problem 3-1 **Dave
Farber and Ed Imgrund wrote ^{2}- 400b^{2} =
100(3a+2b)(3a-2b)^{2}- 400b^{2} = 0.

**Problem 3-3: Amazing Alternate Solution**
Art Wenk wrote "When you asked about sums of squares of odd numbers, I
figured there had to be something like this concealed in Pascal's Triangle.
Sure enough, if you take alternate entries in the fourth diagonal, the
numbers you're looking for turn up. So, the sum of the squares of the first
2000 odd numbers would be 4001 choose 3. This comes out to be

** Problem 3-4:Comments,Appeals(Accepted&Not) **
An appeal for the answer

**Problem 3-6: Comments, Appeal (Denied),
Alt. Sols.** An appeal that ".5 or .53 should be an acceptable
answer" was denied, because neither complies with our requirement, printed
at the top of each contest, that "Answers must be exact or have 4 (or more)
significant digits, correctly rounded." Suzanne Moll said "3-6 produced
much discussion and many groans when they saw how easy it was to do (in
hindsight). The one person who got it spent 5 minutes on the first 5 problems
and 25 minutes on 3-6. "Dick Olson said "3-6 was brilliant. My students
were beside themselves when they saw how easy it could have been solved
using the Pythagorean Theorem." Gary B. Hicks said "3-6 fit right into
our unit on solving radical equations." He split the region into 5 polygons
by connecting the three centers and drawing perpendiculars from the center
of the small circle to the nearby sides of the square and then used Hero's
Formula, setting the sum equal to 4 and concluding that ^{2 }-
8r + 4 = 0,^{2} - 8r + 4 = 0.

3-1 99% | 3-4 66% |

3-2 95% | 3-5 71% |

3-3 79% | 3-6 6% |