2022 Clemson Calculus Challenge

Invitation

The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Clemson University invites you to bring a group of your calculus students to take part in the 18th annual Clemson Calculus Challenge (CCC) on Friday, April 22, 2022. The CCC is a competition for high school students that tests students’ knowledge of calculus topics. These topics can be at least roughly approximated by a first semester university calculus course or the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam (roughly, the material found in an early transcendentals book preceding sequences and series), but a more explicit syllabus can be found here.

Competition

The CCC consists of two components: an individual exam and a team competition. During the morning session, each participant has ninety minutes to complete a 40-question multiple choice exam. After a lunch break, the CCC continues with the team competition. The afternoon session consists of six 10-minute rounds of open-response questions.

Schools unable to attend in person will have the option to participate in the morning exam virtually. Schools participating remotely will be ineligible for the team and school competitions. If circumstances change and we are unable to hold the event in person, this year's CCC will revert to entirely virtual.

This year we are piloting a digital in-person format. Participating students will bring a fully charged and Wi-Fi enabled device on which they can take the test through a web browser. Laptop computers or tablets are suggested. Participants will take the exam using the Canvas online software, just like those participating remotely. All participating students will be automatically registered with a temporary Canvas account. A few days before the contest, students will receive an email from Canvas asking them to complete the registration by creating a password. Students will need this password to log in and take the exam on April 22, 2022.

The exam will be begin at 10:00 AM EDT concurrently for all participants (in person and remote). A brief welcome will occur at 9:45 AM.

Each high school competing in person can enter either 3, 4, 6, 7, or 8 students and up to two teams. A school cannot register with less than 3 students. Teams for the afternoon may consist of 3 or 4 students. Team members must be registered online by April 1, 2022. Any last minute changes must be specified at check-in on the day of the contest. Please note that the scoring parameters have changed for this year's school competition (Read about the changes).

Schools competing remotely can enter as many participants as desired. The students will compete in the individual competition only.

Calculator usage is not allowed on any part of the exam.

Should circumstances cause us to revert to fully remote there will be no team competition, only individual and school competitions. In that case, school scores will be calculated as the sum of the top three individual scores for a school.

Awards

If the funds are available, we will award $500 scholarships to attend Clemson University to some of the winners in the individual competition. The number of scholarships will be determined by available funds. Recipients must enroll as full-time students at Clemson University in the fall of 2022 in order to receive the scholarships.

Registration

Each school wishing to enter the 2022 Clemson Calculus Challenge must complete the online registration form and pay the associated registration fees. A teacher or administrator from the school must complete the registration. Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022 or once capacity has been reached, whichever occurs first. Once the online registration form is submitted, registration fees must be paid credit card. The registration fees are $10.00 per student and $10.00 per school. Registration fees must be received by Friday, April 1, 2022 and are nonrefundable after this date.

Registration for the 2022 CCC has now closed. Visit our registration site to review existing registrations.

If you have any questions about the Clemson Calculus Challenge, you can email us at clemson-calculus-challenge@lists.clemson.edu.

We hope to "see" you at the Clemson Calculus Challenge on April 22, 2022!