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Students given chance to expand and show off skills at 20th annual Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad

Monday, March 28, 2016

 

MANHATTAN — The mathematics department at Kansas State University will add to the fun of the All-University Open House by hosting its 20th annual Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad for students in grades 5 through 12 from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16, in 101 Cardwell Hall.

Students competing in the Olympiad will solve challenging mathematics problems in three age levels: fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth grades, and ninth through 12th grades. Solutions and awards will be presented from 3 to 5 p.m. in 101 Cardwell Hall.

The event is free, although participants are encouraged to bring their own pencils and paper. Advanced registration is not required. If students wish to prepare, previous Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad problems are available online at http://www.math.ksu.edu/events/hscomp/olympiad/.

This event is modeled after national and international mathematical Olympiads, and it offers students a chance to display and broaden their mathematical skills.

"Solutions to all of the problems require creativity and concentration," said Yan Soibelman, Kansas State University professor of mathematics and chair of the Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad committee. "The Olympiad problems differ from what those students will see on standard tests at school and they give 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.



Written by

Malorie Wagner
785-532-2535
maloriewagner@k-state.edu

At a glance

The 20th annual Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad, a part of Kansas State University's All-University Open House, will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16, in 101 Cardwell Hall.