### Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]

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**Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:37 am**I’m pleased to announce the sequel to Math Monstrosity: Mons Mathstrosity II - Even Primes Redux, a tossups-only math side event.

The set will be edited by myself, Matt Mitchell and Harrison Brown. If you are interested in editing for this tournament, please get in touch with me through PM or email at [email protected].

There will be 12 packets of 20 power marked tossups, following this distribution:

3.5 Algebra (Groups, Rings, Fields, Commutative and Noncommutative Algebra, Algebraic Geometry)

3.5 Analysis (Real and Complex Analysis, Functional Analysis, Dynamical Systems, Probability Theory)

2 Topology (Point-set, Algebraic Topology, Differential Topology and Differential Geometry)

2 History of Math

2 Number Theory (Elementary, Algebraic and Analytic)

2 Discrete Math and Combinatorics

1 Logic + Foundations (Set theory, model theory, HoTT)

1 Applied Math

1 Computer Science

1 High School Math (Algebra, Trig, Pre-calculus)

1 Math Culture + Other

Notes on the distribution:

-What do I mean by “Math Culture”? In essence this part of the distribution takes the place of the “Recreational/Other/Mixed” category from last year. This category is on things that aren’t mathematics themselves, but pertain to the practice of mathematics. These are meant to be topics that the working math student or mathematician would be familiar with - for example LaTeX. This category will also have questions pertaining to mathematics in other academic areas.

-There will be a minimum of computational math in the set, if any.

-Contemporary mathematicians may make appearances as clues in tossups (e.g “So-and-so’s work on such-and-such theory generalizes this construct.”), however, contemporary mathematicians will not be answer lines for tossups. Non-contemporary mathematicians will not be tossed up outside the history of math questions.

-The parenthetical lists of sub-topics are not exhaustive.

Tossups will be around seven lines in 11 point Times New Roman font. The difficulty may range from regular difficulty up to Nationals or higher - there will necessarily be tossups and clues about things unseen in the quizbowl canon. However, we will do our best to control the difficulty of the answer lines, so that the majority of tossups feel difficult but gettable. Pyramidality will be a central focus in the editing.

The tournament will be a doubles tournament, much like the original Math Monstrosity. The cost to play will be in the range of $15 to $20 per person, with a discount of 10 dollars available to people who submit half-packets by April 14th. The full cost will be waived for individuals who write a full packet of questions. The cost to players of the tournaments we're mirroring at will be $10. Individuals who wish to submit a half-packet should email me at [email protected].

Our goal is to run mirrors of this tournament at MSNCT, HSNCT and PACE, staffing permitting. We’ll probably be looking at the same 6 packet half tournament followed by a shootout at the end unless there is significant interest and we can put together the staff and time to do more. With sufficient interest and staffing we can also run a Skype tournament after all mirrors have concluded.

EDIT 1: Price adjustments due to justified concern.

EDIT 2: Split the third topology question between algebra and analysis.

The set will be edited by myself, Matt Mitchell and Harrison Brown. If you are interested in editing for this tournament, please get in touch with me through PM or email at [email protected].

There will be 12 packets of 20 power marked tossups, following this distribution:

3.5 Algebra (Groups, Rings, Fields, Commutative and Noncommutative Algebra, Algebraic Geometry)

3.5 Analysis (Real and Complex Analysis, Functional Analysis, Dynamical Systems, Probability Theory)

2 Topology (Point-set, Algebraic Topology, Differential Topology and Differential Geometry)

2 History of Math

2 Number Theory (Elementary, Algebraic and Analytic)

2 Discrete Math and Combinatorics

1 Logic + Foundations (Set theory, model theory, HoTT)

1 Applied Math

1 Computer Science

1 High School Math (Algebra, Trig, Pre-calculus)

1 Math Culture + Other

Notes on the distribution:

-What do I mean by “Math Culture”? In essence this part of the distribution takes the place of the “Recreational/Other/Mixed” category from last year. This category is on things that aren’t mathematics themselves, but pertain to the practice of mathematics. These are meant to be topics that the working math student or mathematician would be familiar with - for example LaTeX. This category will also have questions pertaining to mathematics in other academic areas.

-There will be a minimum of computational math in the set, if any.

-Contemporary mathematicians may make appearances as clues in tossups (e.g “So-and-so’s work on such-and-such theory generalizes this construct.”), however, contemporary mathematicians will not be answer lines for tossups. Non-contemporary mathematicians will not be tossed up outside the history of math questions.

-The parenthetical lists of sub-topics are not exhaustive.

Tossups will be around seven lines in 11 point Times New Roman font. The difficulty may range from regular difficulty up to Nationals or higher - there will necessarily be tossups and clues about things unseen in the quizbowl canon. However, we will do our best to control the difficulty of the answer lines, so that the majority of tossups feel difficult but gettable. Pyramidality will be a central focus in the editing.

The tournament will be a doubles tournament, much like the original Math Monstrosity. The cost to play will be in the range of $15 to $20 per person, with a discount of 10 dollars available to people who submit half-packets by April 14th. The full cost will be waived for individuals who write a full packet of questions. The cost to players of the tournaments we're mirroring at will be $10. Individuals who wish to submit a half-packet should email me at [email protected].

Our goal is to run mirrors of this tournament at MSNCT, HSNCT and PACE, staffing permitting. We’ll probably be looking at the same 6 packet half tournament followed by a shootout at the end unless there is significant interest and we can put together the staff and time to do more. With sufficient interest and staffing we can also run a Skype tournament after all mirrors have concluded.

EDIT 1: Price adjustments due to justified concern.

EDIT 2: Split the third topology question between algebra and analysis.