Difference between revisions of "International Mathematical Olympiad"

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* Bronze - the next 3/12 of individual scores.
 
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* Honorable mention - any student who receives a score of 7 on any one problem but did not receive a medal.
 
* Honorable mention - any student who receives a score of 7 on any one problem but did not receive a medal.
* Special Price - Given to students who score 7 in one problem with an specialy ingenius solution(normally an much simple elemental solution of a hard problem).
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* Special PriZe - Given to students who score 7 in one problem with an especially insightful solution.
  
 
=== Team Competition ===
 
=== Team Competition ===

Revision as of 22:22, 19 July 2009

The International Mathematical Olympiad is the pinnacle of all high school mathematics competitions and the oldest of all international scientific competitions. Each year, countries from around the world send a team of 6 students to compete in a grueling competition.

Format of the Competition

The competition takes place over 2 consecutive days. Each day 3 problems are given to the students to work on for 4.5 hours. Following the general format of high school competitions, it does not require calculus or related topics.

Scoring

Scoring on each problem is done on a 0-7 scale (inclusive and integers only). Full credit is only given for complete, correct solutions. Each solution is intended to be in the form of a mathematical proof. Since there are 6 problems, a perfect score is 42 points.

Awards

Medals, honorable mentions and sometimes, Special prize are given out.

  • Gold - the top 1/12 of individual scores.
  • Silver - the next 2/12 of individual scores.
  • Bronze - the next 3/12 of individual scores.
  • Honorable mention - any student who receives a score of 7 on any one problem but did not receive a medal.
  • Special PriZe - Given to students who score 7 in one problem with an especially insightful solution.

Team Competition

There is no official team competition. Unofficially, however, the scores of each team are compared each year where a team's score is the sum of their individual scores.

History

The IMO started in 1959 as a competition among Eastern European countries. Since then, it has evolved into the premier international competition in mathematics.

See also

External Links

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