Four County High School Math Field Day


Two cars leave from the same place at the same time, traveling in opposite directions.  The rate of the faster car exceeds that of the slower car by 16 miles per hour.  After 2 hours, the cars are 180 miles apart.  Find the rate of the slower car.

On March 13, 2018, students from Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Putnam counties will answer questions like this (and harder ones) as they compete at the University of Charleston in the RESA III Regional Math Field Day competition.  There will be 112 students competing in this event. 

Each county sends three students per grade (grades 4-9) and a high school team of 10 students, representing grades 10-12, to compete.  The 4th-9th grade students compete for individual awards and 10th-12th grade students compete for both individual awards and team awards.  Individual awards are given for the top three places in each grade 4th-9th and the top 10 places in the high school (10th-12th) division.  A team award is given to the county high school (10th-12th) team with the highest score on team events. Individual winners go on to compete at the State Math Field Day competition.  

For more information about the event, please contact Jennifer Grimsley Hoffman, Program Director – Mathematics, University of Charleston, 304-357-4887 or

The answer to the problem, by the way, is 37 mph.