We cordially invite you to the annual James S. Rickards High School Fall Invitational, a mathematics competition which will take place on Saturday, November 18^{th}, 2017. The Rickards Invitational is one of the largest competitions in Florida, with nearly 800 participants from 28 schools throughout the Southeast participating last year.

The event will run from approximately 8:00am to 4:00pm with competition rounds from 9:00am to 12:40pm and lunch from 12:40pm to 2:15pm. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase.

The competition consists of an individual test, a team test, and a secondary individual test for those not competing on the team test (an open test). Students will compete in one of the following divisions: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, or Calculus. There will not be a Statistics individual, but there will be a Statistics Bowl, which is a team test. Students that compete in the Statistics Bowl will not be able to compete in any Open tests.

This year, unfortunately, we are not hosting a second testing center in South/Central Florida, so the only testing location will be at Rickards High School in Tallahassee, FL.

**Individual Test:** The individual test will consist of 30 multiple-choice questions, in which 4 points are awarded for each correct answer, 1 point is subtracted for each incorrect answer, and blank responses are awarded no points, for a maximum score of 120 points. Competitors will have 60 minutes to work on this test.

**Team Test:** Teams of at most 4 people will participate in the team test. A school can have at most 1 team per division. The test will consist of 12 questions with short open-response answers, with 4 minutes to work on each question. 16, 12, 8, and 4 points will be awarded for a correct response in the first, second, third, or fourth minute, respectively, for a maximum score of 192 points.

**Elementary Team**: Teams of at most 4 per grade level will compete in the team round. The Team Round will consist of 15 short response questions to be completed in 30 minutes. These questions will be arranged in increasing difficulty, and point values will be associated with different questions. The first four questions will be 2 points each and the easiest questions. Likewise, the next four questions will be 3 points each, the next set of questions 4 points each, and finally, the last three questions will be 5 points each.

**Open Test: **Students not competing in the team test will take an open test. It is of the same format as the individual test. Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 students will take the same open test, called the Euclidean Open. Geometry and Algebra 2 students will take the Theta Open. Precalculus and Calculus students will take the Mu-Alpha Open.

Trophies will be awarded to the top 15 competitors in each individual and open test, the top 5 teams in each division, the top 3 middle schools, and the top 5 high schools.

To register to compete at Rickards High School, simply visit our website, http://rickardsinvitational.org/, and fill out the online form. Registration is $10 per student and will be available until Wednesday, November 8th. Late registration will be available until Sunday, November 12th, and will be $15 per student. The website will also have additional information about the competition, including the competition handbook and past tests. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at rickardsinvitational@gmail.com.

We hope you will be able to attend!

Sincerely,

Karthik Macherla

President, Rickards Mu Alpha Theta

Class of 2018