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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Learn university maths or train for high school competitions: which is better?

I sometimes see people arguing against concentrating too many resources in high school maths competition (such as IMO) training. Their reasons they give are usually the following: Competitions are a ...
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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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Ideas for game-theoretic meta contest problems for HS students

$\text{Hi,}$ new contributor here. I am a teacher's assistant for a class in a Math Circle program for mathematically advanced high school (and occasionally a few middle school) students. I was ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Combinatorial problems which can be solved with polynomials

Can someone please post some (relatively easy, high school level) combinatorial problems which can be solved with polynomials (but not generating functions). Here is an example of one such problem: We ...
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How would you prepare students for "Alice and Bob" Putnam problems?

Every year the Putnam Competition features at least one question that describes Alice and Bob playing game, and asks for one player's winning strategy or something similar. Since these questions are ...
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Recommendations for secondary student interested in maths

As a student attending a grammar school in the UK ,I have been fortunate to have access to various opportunities to showcase my mathematical abilities. These include participating in maths challenges ...
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Finland's performance on international competitions

Why it is said that Finland has a particularly good education system, but Finland's performance on international mathematics competitions is quite often at relatively intermediate level?
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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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List of math competition problems by topic

I am working with a student who is very interested in math competitions, and I am teaching him Algebra I. I feel like doing competition problems related to a given topic is an excellent way to force ...
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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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IMO selection process in Pakistan

I have been searching for the International Math Olympiad(IMO) qualification process in Pakistan and I found out that students take the NMTC(National Mathematics Talent Contest) paper which to get ...
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Is the AMC 10/12 Test the Difference Maker for Top Schools? What do Colleges Look for?

The AMC 10/12 test is a test used in a math competition for high school students. I have a few students that know LaTeX who are very young and are extremely advanced for their age in high school. As a ...
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International mathematical olympiad-type competitions at lower levels, and if they exist, their educational usefulness?

Educators in many countries have found that preparing highly motivated students for national and international mathematical olympiads can be useful in training them in mathematical ways of thinking. ...
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How can graduates learn and apply university-level math, but fail to solve competition problems?

It's pretty common for people to learn and apply university-level math yet not be able to solve competition problems. Isn't this sentence a contradiction? Please unpack this sentence? Is https://redd....
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Hourly math contests online

You can play chess online anytime you want to, even against a human opponent of your level, even in hourly competitions. It would be nice to have the same thing in math, at least for kids. Everyone ...
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Resources to qualify for AIME

I am trying to qualify for AIME this year and get a score of at least $5$ or $6$. (If anyone doesn't know, AIME is the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. You need to get a decent score on ...
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MathArt contest about Aesthetic Conformal Image Mapping [closed]

At the moment a MathArt contest is running about Aesthetic Conformal Image Mapping were individuals and classes can participate: https://www.freelancer.com/contest/MathArt-Contest-Aesthetic-Conformal-...
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What will happen if someone doesn’t make it to the IMO team?

I am highly interested in mathematics, and solving Olympiad maths problems has been a type of hobby for me. But due to my age, I will never be able to give the olympiads a go again. I want to know ...
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How does a math Olympian fare in undergraduate maths courses?

I am a maths enthusiast and have been exposed to maths olympiad problems for some time. I wanted to know how does a math Olympian do in undergraduate courses of mathematics, statistics or computer ...
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Are the standard of questions provided in reputed institutions like MIT, Stanford, Oxford, etc., as good as the problems of IMO?

I did not win the International Mathematics Olympiad, so I was very curious to know the standard of questions asked in the graduate and undergraduate courses of maths and computer science in ...
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