Details

Format & Scoring

Individual Round

The Individual Round consists of 5 sets of 2 problems, with each set being 10 minutes long.

Speed Round

The speed round consists of a set of 50 short problems to be solved by a team of 3 in 30 minutes.

Team Round

The team round consists of a set of 15 challenging problems to be solved by a team of 3 in 60 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend FMM?

Any student aged 18 or under and who has not started college is eligible to attend FMM. However, problems are written at a high school level. For questions about eligibility and exceptions, please email us at contact@nanomath.org. Students outside of the U.S. are welcome to compete and receive digital prizes such as gift cards, but are not eligible to receive physical prizes to logistical reasons.

Will there be activities besides the contest?

Yes! There will be talks by notable mathematicians, as well as an estimathon and other "fun" rounds.

Who may be on a team?

A team consists of three competitors. Students do not have to be from the same school in order to be on a team.

What should I do if I do not have enough people to form a complete team?

If you do not have a complete team, we can help you find other teams to pair up with. You can also compete with an incomplete team; however, you will be at a disadvantage.

What materials are allowed on the contest?

We follow the same rules as AMC and AIME. The materials allowed are rulers, straightedges, compasses, and graph paper. Calculators are not allowed, and computers should only be used to communicate during team rounds.

What topics may appear on the tests?

The topics covered are Algebra, Geometry, Number Theory, and Combinatorics. You can view some sample questions here. Note that sample questions may not be indicative of test difficulty.

How hard are the tests?

For those familiar with math competitions, the difficulty of the tests ranges from early AMC to late AIME problems. You can view some sample questions here. Note that receiving what might be considered a "passing" grade in school will be rather difficult, so don't be discouraged if you don't.

How will the contest be held?

The contest will be held live over Zoom on October 10, 2020. The link will be sent out shortly before the contest date.

How much does the contest cost?

Thanks to our sponsors, the contest is completely free to attend.