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2021 MAT Problem Solving Competition

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The Mathematical Association of Tasmania's Problem Solving Competition is a challenging competition for Tasmanian students in Years 5 - 12.

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The Mathematical Association of Tasmania's Problem Solving Competition is a mathematics competition focusing on problem solving, as well as mathematical reasoning and logical thinking. Four divisions (Primary 5/6, Junior 7/8, Intermediate 9/10, Senior 11/12) sit a 2 hour paper (1.5 hours for Primary) consisting of approximately 8 - 12 questions of increasing difficulty. The questions are designed to elicit mathematical thinking and may require students to apply their mathematical skills to topics outside of the standard curriculum or to link different topics of mathematics together which are traditionally taught separately. Each question may require some experimentation and different approaches before a student makes significant headway.

For each question, students need to explain their reasoning and show their working (using English as well as Mathematics as necessary) to gain full marks. A correct answer with little or no working will receive few marks. Students may not be able to complete all questions fully in the time frame but they will receive a better mark if they answer some questions very well rather than many questions poorly.

Participation Certificates can be awarded to all participants. These will be included in the electronic distribution of the Competition Papers to schools on Tuesday 16th March 2021. Schools may present these to participants as they leave the Competition Room or at a later date, for example to coincide with the release of the results.

Cost

In 2021, the cost is $8 per student ($5 per student for MAT members - members have been emailed a promo code).

Competition Schedule

Monday 15 March 2021 (or earlier): Register via Eventbrite

Tuesday 16 March 2021: Competition papers will be emailed to all entering schools by this date. PLEASE CONTACT THE COMPETITION MANAGER VIA EMAIL BY 3PM IF THEY HAVE NOT ARRIVED. Each school will need to print/photocopy and securely store the appropriate number of papers for their students. The paper is designed to be a single double-sided piece of paper.

Thursday 18 March 2021: Competition Day (preferably morning). Each school will allocate member(s) of staff to supervise the competition for 2 hours (1.5 hours for primary school students). Students will require scrap paper for working out and lined paper for their final solutions.

Thursday  25 March 2021: Solutions to Competition papers will arrive via email. Each school must examine their students’ final solutions and forward their best few to the competition marker (via email to nathan.peterson@soc.tas.edu.au).

Wednesday 31 March 2021: Closing date for "best few" scripts to be sent to the marker (nathan.peterson@soc.tas.edu.au). Final marking cannot begin until all scripts are in so PLEASE KEEP STRICTLY TO THIS DATE.

 

Results, certificates and prizes will be announced later in the year.

Schools are asked to assist MAT in the following ways:

(a)        Print/photocopy suitable numbers of the papers and store them securely.

(b)       Provide staples, scrap paper for rough working and lined paper (A4) for final solutions.

(c)        Supervise the Competition (2 hours for Years 7 - 12;1.5 hours for Years 5 - 6).

(d)       Vet scripts after the Competition and forward the best entries; in most cases this will mean between 1 and 3 scripts in each section.

I trust that teachers will continue to give their students every encouragement to enter this worthwhile Competition which aims to seek out mathematically gifted young people, attract interest to Mathematics and stimulate more enthusiasm in its study. Please note that again this year the question papers have been set in such a way that all students should get satisfaction in solving some problems. Questions do not directly test traditional class work but seek to challenge and stimulate students with interesting problem solving situations where they can apply mathematical skills or methods.

Brett Stephenson, MAT President

Ph. 0407935964

Email: bstephenson@gyc.tas.edu.au

 

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How do I access MAT member pricing?

To receive MAT member pricing, please refer to the email that you were sent (12th Feb). If you didn't receive an email, please contact Emily Peterson (emily.peterson@education.tas.gov.au).

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