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The Mandelbrot Competition, now in its twenty-fifth year, is an excellent mathematical resource for students and teachers in the United States and around the world. We believe that problem solving is one of the most effective means for exploring the world of mathematics, and that contests provide an exciting and motivational setting in which to do so.

We offer two contests at the high school level. The first is the Mandelbrot Competition, which adheres to a short answer format and takes place in five rounds spread throughout the school year. The range of topics and contest levels is designed to engage students with only a modest background while still stretching the most advanced students. The second is the Mandelbrot Team Play, emphasizing mathematical writing skills and effective group work. This contest is held in three rounds during the winter months to help experienced students prepare for events such as the USAMO. (The Team Play will resume during the 2018-19 school year.)

For a further description of the contests and an overview of the web site, please visit the Introduction page. A schedule for the year appears on the Information page, while answers to all of your questions can be found at the FAQ page. Sample tests and other preparation materials are available at the Resources page.


8/3/17 The Mandelbrot Competition is prepared to resume on schedule for the 2017-18 academic year, following a three-year hiatus in operations. Registration for new schools is now available via the [Register] link on the left. Coaches should sign up by Friday, Sept 29, 2017 for this year's competition.

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