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is the two-stage individual competition of the contest. All contest participants begin the day by completing a one-hour multiple-choice exam called FERMAT I, which is then machine graded. The participants who score in the top 50 on FERMAT I advance to the second stage of the competition, FERMAT II, after lunch. FERMAT II consists of essay-type mathematical problems which demand uncommon creativity and originality in their solutions. These exams are hand-graded by members of the Mathematics Department faculty. All questions and problems assume preparation in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry.


Awards will be presented after the championship round(s) of the Math Bowl around 4pm in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom of the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park.

  • $6,000 per year, tuition scholarships to UT Knoxville (any major!) for the Top 10 FERMAT II scorers as well as trophies and medals
  • Certificates for all participants
  • T-shirts for the Top 50 FERMAT I scorers
  • Trophies for the Top 5 FERMAT I scorers
  • Trophies and medals for the top two MATH BOWL teams
  • Door prizes for teachers/chaperones at the teacher/chaperone breakfast

Previous winners of scholarships may compete again, but they will not deprive another participant of a scholarship. Certificates of Merit for the Top 50 FERMAT I scorers will be mailed out to each school. Previous exams are provided below. (Solutions are not posted but some keys are posted below. Ask your math teacher for help solving past problems in preparation for this year’s contest!

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last updated: March 2016

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