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K-State Today Student Edition

March 27, 2012



Infinite fun: Fifth through 12th grade students invited to compete in mathematical olympiad

By Communications and Marketing

Grade school and high school students will be adding, subtracting, multiplying and more at Kansas State University's 16th annual Math Olympiad from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21, in 101 Cardwell Hall.

The Olympiad is part of the All-University Open House. Students in grades fifth through 12th will solve challenging math problems as they compete in three age levels: fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth grades, and ninth through 12th grades. The solution session and awarding of prizes will be from 3 to 5 p.m. in 101 Cardwell Hall.

The event is free, although participants should bring their own pencils and paper. No advanced registration is required but if students would like to prepare, they may review previous Math Olympiad problems at http://www.math.ksu.edu/events/hscomp/olympiad/.

Modeled after national and international mathematical Olympiads, the event offers students a chance to expand and show off their mathematical skills since the problems are very different than those found on a standardized test.

"Solutions to any of them require creativity and concentration," said Yan Soibelman, professor of mathematics and chair of the Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad committee. "It also gives a joy of real discovery, the feeling which drives mathematicians in their everyday work."

More information is available by contacting Soibelman at 785-532-0584 or soibel@math.ksu.edu.