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Australian Maths Competition

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In an attempt to highlight Mathematics as a curriculum subject we will be running the Australian Mathematics competition this year.

The competition will take place on the morning of Thursday 30 July and will cost students $6.

Information about this competition can be found attached.

Contact Mr. Sarlos for more information or speak to your Maths teacher. 

About the Australian Mathematics Competition

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. Since then it has served almost all Australian secondary schools, providing feedback and enrichment to schools and students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 40 countries around the globe. By 2014, the AMC has attracted more than 14 million entries.

The AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12). Students mark their responses on a mark-sense sheet and these are processed by computer. The earliest problems are very easy. All students should be able to attempt them. The problems get progressively more difficult until the end, when they are challenging to the most gifted student. Students of all standards will make progress and find a point of challenge.

There are five papers: Middle Primary (Years 3–4), Upper Primary (Years 5–6), Junior (Years 7– 8), Intermediate (Years 9–10) and Senior (Years 11–12).
The AMC is a fun competition with many of the problems set in situations familiar to students and showing the relevance of mathematics in their everyday lives. The problems are also designed to stimulate discussion and can be used by teachers and students as springboards for investigation..

The aims of the AMC are three-fold:
1. To highlight the importance of mathematics as a curriculum subject
2. To give students an opportunity to discover talent in mathematics
3. To provide resources for the classroom and general discussion

Benefits to students
All students receive a detailed report showing how they went on each problem, with comparisons as to wider statistics.
All students receive a certificate or award commensurate with their performance.
The AMC provides the student with an extra opportunity for external recognition. Certificates are often kept by students for their folios. They are well understood by employers and so can be used as evidence of problem-solving ability.
Unlike formal examinations in mathematics, many of the problems are set in situations to which students can relate, indicating the relevance of mathematics in their everyday lives. Above all the competition is designed to be enjoyable, even for those students who might not have performed as well as they may have hoped. Certainly the event is intended to be conducted in a pressure-free environment (not affecting normal school assessment) and the questions are designed to be of sufficient interest to stimulate discussion at a later time, with friends, parents or classmates.
Competitions can inspire a greater interest in the subject and a love of learning.
Students are given an opportunity to participate in a large event attempting the same problems as students in other schools and other countries.


Date: Thursday 30 July
Cost per student: $6

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