Questions tagged [math-contests]

For questions about math contests, such as the Putnam competition, Math Olympiad, American Math Competition, etc. This might include questions about designing problems, or working with students to succeed at these contests.

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Why are the contents of contest maths so different from contents of degree-level maths?

I wonder why topics examined in high school math contests are so different from the maths learned by those who are seriously studying a math major at a university. Firstly, contests like IMO, ARML, ...
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How to study for university level math olympiads and competitions?

I participated in some high-school-level math competitions, but I never invested much of my time in them at that time, something that I regret immensely. Now that I am an engineering grad student, I ...
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What can I teach a talented student who is enthusiastic about math?

I have a very clever student in Grade 7. Due to carelessness and English (which is not his native language), he failed the placement test and can't learn Grade 8 math (algebra 1) in school. School ...
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Reason behind the dominance of particular countries in the IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad)

I was watching the result of IMO 2014 where I found that China was on Top and USA, Russia were following China. This is not the exceptional case, you can pick the results of each IMO in some of the ...
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Which math subjects should I know well to tutor competitive mathematics?

I may one day be interested in teaching students who are preparing for, say, the IMO or other math competitions. However, I haven't found a particularly clear statement about exactly what material is ...
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How to prepare for Putnam Competition? [closed]

I am a rising college junior with major in the mathematics. I recently got interested to the contest mathematics through working with few Putnam problems in the real analysis and linear algebra, and ...
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Seeking Your Recommendation on Problem-Solving Books (preparing for Putnam)

E.S.E advisers, I am a college sophomore in US with a major in mathematics and an aspiring mathematician in the computation theory and cryptography. I apologize for this sudden interruption but I ...
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A complete syllabus for preparing for International mathematical olympiad (IMO) [closed]

I want to create and develop a complete syllabus for mathematics Olympiad topics for my students. Would anyone help me to shape and create it? As you know its main topics are Geometry, Number Theory, ...
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Good resources for coaching for mathematics competitions (Highschool Level)

I'm teaching in China, and I have been told that I will be leading the students in mathematics competitions. I feel very ill prepared for this. I never did mathematics competitions in either high ...
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How can a Q&A contest help a math teacher to improve his/her students' understanding?

Students questions and answers reflect their thoughts. It is very important to teach them how to ask nice questions and how to answer them. In order to improve these abilities I would like to commence ...
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Developing and fostering a Putnam group

I teach at a smallish (~2000 undergrads) liberal arts college. The math department is small and we have only about 8-10 majors per year. As far as I know, the Putnam exam has not been offered here for ...