### Math Monstrosity (Preliminary Announcement)

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**Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:02 pm**Hello!

This is an announcement for Math Monstrosity (tournament name subject to change), a tossups-only math side event tournament.

There will be 12 packets of 20 power-marked tossups, according to the following distribution:

4 Algebra

4.5 Analysis/Topology

2 Number Theory/Discrete Math/Set Theory

2 History of Math

2 Calculus/High School Math

4 Recreational/Other/Mixed

0.5 Applied Math

0.5 Statistics

0.5 Computer Science

Some important notes on the distribution:

-- There will be about 1 tossup per round in the "recreational" distribution which is about mathematics in other parts of academic study; this can and will include writings about mathematics, art involving mathematics, mathematical academic culture, actual real-world things with mathematical relevance, and more. There will be at least one question in the tournament which would fit in each major distribution in a standard ACF quiz bowl packet.

-- The rest of the recreational/mixed/other distribution will consist of common-links from various fields, things that don't really fit into any of the other distributions but are still important, and "recreational" topics which don't have loads of relevance in academic math but are generally cool (think anything Martin Gardner would have written about).

-- The Calculus/High School distribution will include 0.5 computationally-based problems. These will be pyramidal, but will consist of clues like "this number is equal to the integral from 1 to 4 of x^2" and "this quantity is equal to the number of ways to arrange four people in a line".

-- There will be no tossups on non-contemporary mathematicians outside the "history of math" distribution. Some contemporary mathematical personalities will be tossed up in the "recreational" distribution, but they won't just be straight mathematician tossups.

Tossups are all around seven lines, pre-editing, in Google Docs with 11 point Times New Roman font.

The difficulty will be rather variant, although I imagine there will be only a few questions easier than Regionals difficulty and only a couple questions harder than Nationals difficulty -- having said that, a few of my answerlines have not only never been tossed up in quizbowl but have never been mentioned. The majority of questions will probably be between Regionals and Nationals in difficulty, and will probably skew slightly towards the lower end of that spectrum. I have also attempted to compensate for varying difficulty by being more generous with power on more difficult questions, so the powermarks should hopefully be fairly consistent in difficulty.

I have already completed the entire set, and currently need only to packetize, format (in LaTeX), and powermark the questions.

If there is a second summer open / side event weekend in the Northeast around the end of July or beginning of August, I will probably try to have this tournament run there (and hopefully at similar events around the country). If there is not, or I can't make it, then hopefully this can get run at a tournament that Michigan hosts next academic year. I could even run both, if it's not mirrored in the Midwest over the summer. Mirrors are, of course, welcomed, but I'd prefer that they all be after I run it somewhere (that is, I run the first site). I would also be open to running a Skype mirror after all physical mirrors are done if there's interest.

MSNCT, 13 May (abridged)

HSNCT, 27 May (abridged)

NSC, 10 June (abridged)

Skype, 18 June

I think the best format for this tournament would be doubles (like Alex Fregeau's FRENCH Open), and maybe triples if there's enough demand / there aren't enough readers. Teams of four would be too much, though, in my opinion.

Hopefully there's enough interest to make this happen.

This is an announcement for Math Monstrosity (tournament name subject to change), a tossups-only math side event tournament.

There will be 12 packets of 20 power-marked tossups, according to the following distribution:

4 Algebra

4.5 Analysis/Topology

2 Number Theory/Discrete Math/Set Theory

2 History of Math

2 Calculus/High School Math

4 Recreational/Other/Mixed

0.5 Applied Math

0.5 Statistics

0.5 Computer Science

Some important notes on the distribution:

-- There will be about 1 tossup per round in the "recreational" distribution which is about mathematics in other parts of academic study; this can and will include writings about mathematics, art involving mathematics, mathematical academic culture, actual real-world things with mathematical relevance, and more. There will be at least one question in the tournament which would fit in each major distribution in a standard ACF quiz bowl packet.

-- The rest of the recreational/mixed/other distribution will consist of common-links from various fields, things that don't really fit into any of the other distributions but are still important, and "recreational" topics which don't have loads of relevance in academic math but are generally cool (think anything Martin Gardner would have written about).

-- The Calculus/High School distribution will include 0.5 computationally-based problems. These will be pyramidal, but will consist of clues like "this number is equal to the integral from 1 to 4 of x^2" and "this quantity is equal to the number of ways to arrange four people in a line".

-- There will be no tossups on non-contemporary mathematicians outside the "history of math" distribution. Some contemporary mathematical personalities will be tossed up in the "recreational" distribution, but they won't just be straight mathematician tossups.

Tossups are all around seven lines, pre-editing, in Google Docs with 11 point Times New Roman font.

The difficulty will be rather variant, although I imagine there will be only a few questions easier than Regionals difficulty and only a couple questions harder than Nationals difficulty -- having said that, a few of my answerlines have not only never been tossed up in quizbowl but have never been mentioned. The majority of questions will probably be between Regionals and Nationals in difficulty, and will probably skew slightly towards the lower end of that spectrum. I have also attempted to compensate for varying difficulty by being more generous with power on more difficult questions, so the powermarks should hopefully be fairly consistent in difficulty.

**Having said all of that, this is my first major writing project, so I want to be very careful not to guarantee a certain difficulty, because I may be pretty far off in my estimation of this set's difficulty. I can only guarantee that the majority of questions are significantly harder than Fall.**I have already completed the entire set, and currently need only to packetize, format (in LaTeX), and powermark the questions.

*Edit: this is done. The packets are done.*If there is a second summer open / side event weekend in the Northeast around the end of July or beginning of August, I will probably try to have this tournament run there (and hopefully at similar events around the country). If there is not, or I can't make it, then hopefully this can get run at a tournament that Michigan hosts next academic year. I could even run both, if it's not mirrored in the Midwest over the summer. Mirrors are, of course, welcomed, but I'd prefer that they all be after I run it somewhere (that is, I run the first site). I would also be open to running a Skype mirror after all physical mirrors are done if there's interest.

*Edit: I don't think this will be run formally over the summer. As such, I will run this as Skypebowl sometime after NSC and hopefully before June 20th.***List of sites for this set:**MSNCT, 13 May (abridged)

HSNCT, 27 May (abridged)

NSC, 10 June (abridged)

Skype, 18 June

I think the best format for this tournament would be doubles (like Alex Fregeau's FRENCH Open), and maybe triples if there's enough demand / there aren't enough readers. Teams of four would be too much, though, in my opinion.

Hopefully there's enough interest to make this happen.