Have fun! We enjoy hosting the contest and our goal is for all of the
teams to have a satisfying and challenging experience.
Each team must bring at least one computer, a power strip, and an extension cord.
One outlet will be available for each team. There is a limit of four students and
two computers per team. We suggest that you bring laptops, which should be fully
charged before arriving.
Teams will set up their machines from between 7:30 and 8:45. Each team may use the
programming language of its choice, but proper installation of compilers and/or
interpreters is the responsibility of the team. We urge everyone to fully test
their hardware and software in advance of the contest.
The contest begins at 9:00 AM. There will be ten problems ranging in difficulty
from elementary to difficult. The problems may be attempted in any order, although
the order of the problems in the booklet is intended to correspond with the level
of difficulty (easiest ones first, hard ones at the end).
Students may use textbooks or other written reference materials during
the contest, but previously written code and/or Internet access is not
allowed. Teachers may not help teams during the contest. Cell phones may
team may not communicate with members of another during the contest, and
not be used during the contest. Violations of these rules may result in
There are no particular requirements concerning execution time, but every
problem can be solved by a program that runs in at most 30 seconds (and
usually in less than one second). A team may have written a solution that
works in principle but seems to freeze on large inputs, and in that case
the team may need to rethink its approach to the problem.
Each team is assigned a judge who will be stationed nearby. When a team believes
it has correctly solved a problem, the judge will record the time and then read
test inputs to one of the team members. If the program produces incorrect output,
the time will be erased and the team may continue to work on that problem or move
on to another. If the program produces correct output for each case, the recorded
time will stand as the official time of completion for that problem.
When the contest is over, all teams will be ranked based on the number of problems
completed, with ties broken by time of completion for the last correct solution.
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