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MAT Problem Solving Competition 2018

Brett Stephenson

Thursday, 22 March 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Primary (Years 5 & 6) 19/03/2018 $5.00 $0.00
Junior Secondary (Years 7 & 8) 19/03/2018 $5.00 $0.00
Upper Secondary (Years 9 & 10) 19/03/2018 $5.00 $0.00
Senior Secondary (Years 11 & 12) 19/03/2018 $5.00 $0.00

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The Mathematical Association of Tasmania's Problem Solving Competition is a maths 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 two hour paper (one hour for primary) consisting of about 10-12 questions of varying 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 working (using English as well as Mathematics as necessary) to gain full marks to a question. A correct answer with little or no working will receive few marks. As such students will not be able to complete all questions fully in the timeframe. They will receive a better mark if they answer several questions very well rather than many questions poorly.

Participation Certificates can be awarded to all candidates. These will be included in the electronic distribution of the Competition Papers to schools on Tuesday 20 March 2018. Schools may present these to candidates as they leave the Competition Room or at a later date, for example to coincide with the release of the results. If the Certificates are distributed at a later date, a list of candidates will need to be retained by the school.


Competition Schedule

By Thursday 15 March 2018   Complete the entry numbers on Eventbrite

Tuesday 20 March 2018     Competition papers will be emailed to all entering schools by this date. (PLEASE CONTACT (VIA EMAIL) THE COMPETITION MANAGER THAT DAY 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 22 March 2018    COMPETITION DAY (Preferably morning).

Each school will allocate member(s) of staff to supervise the competition for two hours (one hour for primary school students). Students will require scrap paper for working out and lined paper for their final solutions.

Monday 26 March 2018      Solutions to Competition papers will arrive via email. Each school must examine their students’ final solutions and forward (email best but snail mail toBrett Stephenson, Guilford Young College, 76 Bowden Street, Glenorchy 7011 OK) their best few to the competition coordinator.

Monday 9 April 2018         Closing date for "best few" scripts to be sent to the markers (emailed scans  is best).   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 the Association 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.

(d)       Vet scripts after the Competition and forward the best entries; in most cases this will mean between 1 and 5 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

For the Competition Committee

Ph. 6238 4350 (School)




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