National Log1 Contest

Mu Alpha Theta

National Log1 Contest

About the Log1 Contest:

The Log1 Contest provides an excellent opportunity for a school to participate in a competition similar to our national convention contests and compete against schools from across the country and the world, while staying right at their home school.  

The 2016-2017 Mu Alpha Theta Log1 Contest will be run by Richard Roths and the Mount Rainier High School Math Team.  Schools wishing to participate can register for the competition at:  Registration begins in October.

The contest consists of three testing rounds.  All tests include 15 open answer questions to be completed in 30 minutes without the use of a calculator.

The first round will include two topic tests.  Students may take either the "Equations and Inequalities" or the "Applications" Test.  They may NOT take both tests.  Once one test is taken and scores are uploaded by the sponsor, students may try the other test for fun.

The second round will also include two topic tests. Students may take either the "Logs and Exponents" or the "Circles, Parabolas, and Polygons" Test.

The third round will be an Individual Test of general mathematics on level appropriate topics.

Students new to this competition should find enough easy problems, so they will not be discouraged, but enough hard problems so that experienced competitors are challenged and can be distinguished from one another by score for the purposes of awards.

Contest Dates (subject to change):

Round 1:  November 1, 2016 - December 16, 2016
Round 2:  December 1, 2016 - January 17, 2017
Round 3:  January 18, 2017 - February 17, 2017

Materials are only available for download electronically, in pdf format, to participants.  Photocopying required.

Divisions: Students compete only against other students with similar math course background.

  • Mu division is for students who are taking a Calculus course.  Mu students are responsible for knowing topics in all divisions.
  • Alpha division is for students who are in math courses above Algebra 2 but who have not taken calculus.  No calculus is to be included at this level.
  • Theta division is for students who have not taken a class above Algebra 2, such as statistics, precalculus, or calculus.  There will be no trigonometry questions other than right triangle trigonometry or law of sines and law of cosines.  These students will have completed Algebra 1 and Geometry, most likely.
Each student test score will be scaled to account for varying test difficulty.  The test score is divided by the maximum test score for that test and math division and multiplied by 100.  A student’s overall score will be the sum of their scaled scores on the three tests and will thus be a whole number between zero and three hundred.

The Log 1 contest is FREE, but participation is restricted to schools with active Mu Alpha Theta chapters.  All students at the school may participate in the contest, but only members and associates of Mu Alpha Theta are eligible for prizes or for scores to be counted toward the top awards.  Sponsors are responsible for entering the names of their eligible members and associates by Feb 15, 2017, if they want students to win prizes.

Mu Alpha Theta awards 100 e = $271.83 to each of the top ten schools in each region, for a total of $10,873.20 in prize money.  If there is a tie for 10th place, the award money will be split.  The National Office will also provide some TI graphing calculators, copies of the DVD "Hard Problems", math games, and other prizes to be given at random to participants that take all three tests.

If you have questions about the contest, please contact  Final award recipient information should be available by March 25, 2017.

View the 2015-2016 competition results here.  Additional questions? Email the national office at