2019 Purple Comet

The Purple Comet is a team-based contest in which teams of up to 6 students work together to solve 20 problems in 1 hour. The contest takes place in April, and has a middle school and high school level contest.

This year the Bard Math Circle hosted 3 teams:

Team Math Circle (Middle School Mixed) with 4 students

Manitou School (Middle School Small) with 3 students

Van Wyck Junior High School (Middle School Large) with 4 students

2014 Purple Comet

2014 Purple Comet at Bard (I think this is the first year we hosted the Purple Comet. Our records are pretty weak.)

Bard Math Circle Team 1 (Middle School, Mixed Team)
Katie Houston, Brian Wu
Answered 6 of 20 problems correctly, placed 67th out of 99 teams competing in the USA.

Bard Math Circle Team 2 (Middle School, Mixed Team)
Issa Leifer, Wyatt Gibbons, Camille Savarese, Balthazar Loglia, Nathaniel Parker
Answered 9 of the 20 questions correctly, placed 4th out of 8 teams competing in NY and 44th out of 99 in the USA.

Bard Math Circle Team 3 (Middle School, 401 and up)
Hunter Nelson, Daniel Rose-Levine, Douglass Appenzeller, Emily Appenzeller
Answered 6 of the 20 questions correctly, placed 42nd out of 66 teams competing in NY and 298th out of 591 in the USA.

2015 Purple Comet

Great Results! One of our teams tied for 2nd place in NY State!

Source: http://purplecomet.org/welcome/winners/2151#bystate

Middle School Mixed Teams
(13 team(s) participated)
•    First Place: Akisivorma (The New York Math Circle) with 10 out of 20 correct.
•    Second Place(tie): Decimals Have a Point (Bard College), Anaxagoras (Speyer Legacy School) with 6 out of 20 correct.

Purple Comet at Bard on Friday, April 13

The Purple Comet is a team-based middle school math contest (with a high school and a friendly option for parents and math teachers also available).

We offered the Purple Comet contest at Bard College on Friday, April 13th, 2018.


Team: Van Wyck Team ( Middle School)
Team ID: T252478
Contest Level: Middle School
Contest Level: Contest Category: MS Small
Number of Correct Answers: 12

Rank: Overall 42 out of 498, United States 17 out of 214 NY, 3 out of 12

Team members:
Damien Foster
Di Chen
Jes Mukkatt
Nathan Leobandung
Robert Zhu
Simal Patel

Team: Team Alpha ( Middle School)
Spring 2018 Meet Results
Team ID: T217690
Contest Level: Middle School
Contest Level: Contest Category: MS Mixed

Number of Correct Answers: 9

Rank: Overall 106 out of 498, United States 51 out of 214 NY, 4 out of 12

Team members:
Alexi Safford (alternate)
Anish Anne
Anna Khakhalina
Brandon Cheung
Brandon Wang
Kevin Lee
Patrick Wu

Bard College Math Circle To Host the Purple Comet Math Meet for Middle School Students

Purple Comet at Bard!

This semester, the Bard Math Circle will be hosting the Purple Comet Math Meet for middle school students. Unlike other mathematics competitions at the middle school level, the Purple Comet Math Meet gives students the opportunity to work in teams of up to six. This teamwork gives them valuable experience working on mathematics in a collaborative environment, which is rarely experienced in school but is at the core of what professional mathematicians do regularly. The contest covers topics seldom included in the normal curriculum, including set theory and elementary number theory, and poses exceptionally challenging problems. On February 9, Bard undergraduate Math Circle organizers held the first preparation session, which allowed students to acclimate to a group-work environment. On March 2, there will be a session on strategies for working in groups efficiently and general problem-solving approaches. On March 16, the Math Circle will hold a mock contest. The final contest will take place during the first week of April. For more information please visit the Circle online at bardmathcircle.org.

About the Bard Math Circle

The Bard Math Circle, founded in 2007 by Bard math professors Japheth Wood and Lauren Rose, bridges the gap between academic and recreational mathematics. Current leadership includes Bard undergraduates Eliana Miller and Jake Weissman, and Bard MAT student Joy Sebesta, who work with faculty advisers to run monthly library programs in Tivoli and Kingston, as well as several contest programs. The Math Circle is a joint project of Bard’s Mathematics Program, Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and Trustee Leader Scholars program, a student leadership development initiative enabling undergraduates to lead hands-on community service projects. The Bard Math Circle has been instrumental in helping Bard become a center for mathematical exploration in the Hudson Valley.

This post was a press release from Bard College: http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2530

Purple Comet


This coming semester, in addition to hosting the AMC 10, we are going to host the Purple Comet Math Meet for middle school students in April. This competition is formatted a little differently from the AMC in that students form into teams of up to six. We plan on having several prep sessions to help students get used to working on problems with their group, as well as to work on general problem-solving skills. The exact competition date is flexible, and will be determined based on team availability.
We will hold three preparatory sessions at Bard on the following dates. These sessions will help acquaint students with Purple Comet style questions, general problem solving techniques, and will get them used to solving problems in a group. Attendance at these sessions is strongly recommended.
Sunday, February 9th at 1:00 PM
Sunday, March 2nd at 1:00 PM
Sunday, March 16th at 1:00 PM
The February session will also serve to introduce students to their teams and to fix a date for the actual meet.

To register for the Purple Comet, please fill out the form below. We will register the teams participating with the Purple Comet, please do not additionally sign up on their site. We have a registration form for individuals, who we will arrange into teams. Alternatively, if you would like to form a team with your peers, you can use the group registration form to sign up together. Teams that have all members from the same school qualify for a different category in the contest. Teams may only have up to six members. Please also fill out the waiver form below, or we will not be able to host you at Bard.

Team Registration:
Waiver and Emergency Contact Info (Every student participating must fill this out individually):
For more information about Purple Comet visit: