Although PUMaC is primarily a math competition, there will be some time to relax, enjoy the campus, and have some fun after the morning competitions and before the awards ceremony. Although not mandatory, mini-events take place at various locations around campus (more information on exactly when and where will be available closer to the competition date).
These mini-events are small, less formal contests PUMaC participants are invited to join. Some are run by individuals/clubs unaffiliated with PUMaC. Their results do not have any bearing on any team’s or any individual’s final results in the Main Competition. Small prizes will be offered at some of the events.
Below is the tentative list of mini-events for PUMaC 2017. Note that these events are subject to change. Click on an event to see more details about it!
+ Board Games
Come play board games! We have a variety of board games for everyone, including chess.
+ Math Bowl
Math Bowl is a trivia competition in which two teams of four compete to show their skill and speed in various aspects of mathematics. Questions range from mental math to identification of famous mathematicians to questions about science and technology in this battle of wits. Math Bowl is open to the first 16 teams to sign up and has some truly awesome prizes available for the winners.
- Math Bowl will not count towards overall team score. There will be separate prizes for teams that do well in Math Bowl.
- Teams consist of four students. (See detailed rules here.)
- Entry into the Math Bowl is limited to the first 16 teams.
- Teams will be seeded randomly, so some may receive a first round bye if the number of teams is less than 16.
- Observers are welcome but should refrain from making too much noise, gesturing at contestants, mouthing answers, etc. The Math Bowl Staff reserves the right to remove any disruptive observers from the playing area.
- Tentatively, the winning team will receive books and 4 PUMaC t-shirts. The second place team will receive 4 PUMaC t-shirts. However, the prizes are subject to change; actual prizes will be announced at the competition itself.
+ Puzzle Hunt
Each organization is permitted to enter one team with as many participants from the school as are available. Coaches are allowed to join the team! Teams start at one known location, where there will be a puzzle to solve. The answer to the puzzle will reveal the location of the next puzzle. There will be three puzzles in total, and the first team to reach the final location wins!
+ SIG Estimation and Trading Game
Working on a team, try to get better estimates for 8 numerical problems than the other teams as quickly as you can – if you fall behind, you’ll lose valuable opportunities to make money*. The only way to get ahead is to trade with other teams who have worse guesses than you do. Whoever’s got the best combination of math skills, strategy, and quick wits will take home the prize* -- will you be wolves or sheep?
*in-game money is fake, prize money is real!
Team sizes will be capped around 6-8 students. Due to time constraints, please have your team arranged before the competition. Teams for this event need not come from the same organization or PUMaC Team.
+ Rubik's Cube Competition
The Princeton Cube Club will be hosting a 3×3 cube competition (average of 5 solves, with the best and worst solves thrown out). Bring your cube; there will be prizes!