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Attention Brisbane! Mathematics Challenge For Young Australian group

Attention Brisbane! Mathematics Challenge For Young Australian group

MCYA group for Brisbane High school students.

Commencing 18 April 2018.


Are you a teacher with students who crave mathematics enrichment?

A group is being formed for students wishing to participate in the Australian Mathematics Trust Challenge and Enrichment stages who do not have a teacher/mentor of the program at their school.

Where: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane

When: Wednesday afternoons 4:00pm – 5:30pm

  • Term 2: April 18 – May 30 (8 weeks)
  • Term 3: July 18 – Sept 12 (8 weeks)

Cost: $240 for 16 weeks (includes all competition costs)

For more information contact Cath Griffin |

About MCYA

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA): three stages designed to motivate and stimulate mathematically interested students in years 3 to 10.

MCYA Challenge is a fun problem-solving program designed to extend student skills in thinking through problems. Challenging problems are presented in a staged approach. Taken individually or as a small group, Challenge runs over up to four consecutive weeks in the first half of the year.

Resources for download

Long-term contributors to the Australian Mathematics Trust receive Medals of the Order of Australia.

We would like to warmly congratulate Mr Warren Atkins OAM and Assoc Prof David Hunt OAM on receiving Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM) over the weekend.

Their long-term contributions to the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT), as members of governance and problems committees, has developed strong foundations for one of the world’s largest mathematical competitions, the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), and for the nurturing of young mathematicians through the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee’s training program.

Mr Warren Atkins received his OAM for service to mathematics education (page 10). A former member of the Faculty of Education, University of Canberra, Warren has given service to the AMT over 40 years. He was a founding Board member, and member of numerous AMT committees. He most generously chaired the AMC Problems Committee for 18 years, garnering the talents and mathematical passions of numerous volunteers to create each year’s sets of  AMC problems. His love of mathematics and desire to bring that enthusiasm to students is most appreciated by all involved with the Trust.

Assoc Prof David Hunt received his OAM for service to education and to mathematics (page 38). David spent his teaching career in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New South Wales. For many years, he has held roles in governance committees of the AMT, including the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC). He has contributed problems to the Senior Problems Committee and co-written books of these problems to ensure these problems are available to other aspiring mathematicians. As Director of Training for 5 years and team leader for Australia’s International Mathematical Olympiad team for 9 years, David has directly influenced the mathematical education of some of our brightest young students.

We thank them both for their enthusiasm, commitment and for their passionate interest in engaging young Australians in mathematics.


Do you dig…IT?

Do you dig…IT? These students sure do!

Our digIT summer residential camp kicked off on 12 January 2018. Sixty Victorian and Tasmanian high school students gathered at Monash University to immerse themselves in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The students had a lot of fun over the five days developing their ICT skills through interactive workshop sessions, guest lectures and field trips.

They left enthusiastic and eager to return for the winter camp in the July school holidays.

digIT is an invitational program. Students are invited based on their performance in the Australian Mathematics Competition and the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition, or by recommendation from their teacher.

Visit the digIT website for further details:


Congratulations Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger, AM, on her Doctor of Mathematics honoris causa

The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) would like to congratulate Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger, AM, on her Doctor of Mathematics honoris causa, awarded by The University of Queensland on the weekend.

She was recognised for her distinguished service to mathematics, her world-leading research and her extended contribution to mathematics education. Emeritus Professor Praeger, AM, is currently a board member of the Australian Mathematics Trust and Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee. She has lead the way for women in mathematics in Australia, and has lent her name to a new AMT award which recognises high-achieving female secondary students in Australia.

We congratulate Cheryl and thank her for her ongoing contributions in mathematics and education.



2017 AMC Medallists announced

Congratulations to our medallists in the 40th Australian Mathematics Competition!

Students from more than 30 countries participated in the AMC this year. Sixty-eight medals were awarded to students in Australia, Bulgaria, China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania, presented the Australian medals at Government House in Hobart on Monday 13 November. Overseas medallists will receive their medals at ceremonies in their respective countries.

Of the 68 medals awarded in 2017 for exceptional results in the AMC, 30 will go to students in Australia, four of whom achieved a perfect score. Six girls will also receive the Cheryl Praeger medal, a new award designed to recognise high-achieving girls.

These results bode well for next year, when Australia plans to send a team for the first time to the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad in Italy.


AMC results information

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) prize results will no longer be available on the AMT website. Results are sent directly to schools.

The AMT is fully focused on the privacy of all students sitting the AMC.

If you would like more information about your results, please contact your teacher.


MEDIA RELEASE: Australian girls ready to compete on world stage in Mathematics


Australia sending team to European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

For the first time Australia has applied to send a team to the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).  The Australian Mathematics Trust will be using its International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) expertise and resources to identify, train and support the four-member team.

EGMO is an international mathematics competition for female high school students. Similar in form to the IMO, there are six proof-style problems given over two days.  EGMO has steadily grown into a major international event since its inception in 2012, with the 2017 EGMO involving 44 countries. A number of non-European nations regularly participate including India, Japan, the USA and Mexico.

Recent IMO Olympian, Michelle Chen, said of the Olympiad competitions that she ‘found the maths really hard at first and I didn’t really know anyone, but it got better after I attended a few more training schools. You get an opportunity to talk to people who are also good at maths. You feel a bit competitive, but at the same time everybody is happy to help each other out.’

When asked about Australia’s participation in EGMO, Cheryl Praeger, Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC), said, ‘This is an opportunity for Australian girls who enjoy maths not only to gain vital experience in competitions like this, but it increases their confidence to try other events and to network, mingle, and “not be the only girl in the room”’.

Angelo Di Pasquale, AMOC Director of Training, said, ‘We are hopeful that EGMO can become a regular part of our Olympiad calendar.  It will provide girls with a new opportunity to train in problem solving, and will help us expand our pool of potential IMO participants.’

This news follows the recent announcement of the Cheryl Praeger Medals, for the highest achieving Australian female students in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) for each year group.

This initiative is possible through the financial support of Optiver.

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Marketing and Communications Officer
Australian Mathematics Trust
02 6201 2663




MEDIA RELEASE – New Award for Top Achieving Girls in Mathematics


The top-performing girls in this year’s Australian Mathematics Competition will be awarded the newly created Cheryl Praeger Medal during upcoming awards presentations around the country.

The medal is named in honour of prominent Australian mathematician Cheryl Praeger. Cheryl is a foundation member of the Australian Mathematics Trust’s Board and has been Chair of the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee since 2001. She is an Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and Foreign Secretary of the Australian Academy of Science. More details about Cheryl’s achievements and research can be found on her UWA profile.

The Australian Mathematics Trust is focusing on ways in which it can recognise and develop girls’ participation in mathematics and algorithmics.

Australian Mathematics Trust CEO, Nathan Ford, said, ‘The Cheryl Praeger medal is one initiative we are putting in place to recognise girls who have demonstrated good potential in problem solving and mathematics. With Cheryl’s outstanding academic profile and achievements, international reputation and enduring contribution to the activities of the Trust, particularly in support of our mathematics Olympians, we could not have had a better role model for young aspiring female mathematicians’.

Hundreds of thousands of students from schools in more than 30 countries entered the AMC this year. Students completed 30 questions, set in situations that show the relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives, with an emphasis on problem-solving.

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania, will present medals to students from across Australia at a ceremony at Government House in Hobart on Monday 13 November 2017. Overseas medallists will be presented with their medals at ceremonies in their respective countries.

The 2017 AMC Medals are awarded to:

1) all students achieving a perfect score
2) the top 3 students in each year (international or domestic)
3) the top Australian student in each year
4) the top performing Australian female student in each year
5) the top performing student in each Australian state and territory


Kate O’Sullivan
Marketing and Communications Officer
Australian Mathematics Trust
02 6201 2663


Save the Date – 2018

The 2018 dates have been finalised for both the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition and the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC).

Registrations will open later in the year, so keep an eye on our website.

Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) Tuesday 27 March 2018
Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) Thursday 9 August 2018


If you have any queries, please contact the AMT office.


Get started on your pathway to the Olympiads

The pathway to the Olympiads starts with one of two competitions. For informatics, the Australian Informatics Olympiad (AIO) is the starting point. The mathematics pathway starts with the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO). Both of these open competitions take place in late August/early September each year.

Australian Informatics Olympiad

The AIO is a national computer programming competition held this year on Thursday 31 August.

Students write short computer programs to solve four problems that vary in difficulty. The competition does not test computer literacy or knowledge, but is focused on problem solving through programming skills. There are two papers: Intermediate for students up to Year 10, and Senior for students up to Year 12.

The AIO is suitable for students with some programming experience. In particular, you need to be able to write code that can open, read and write to files; declare variables and arrays; use loops, conditional (if) statements and simple arithmetic operations You need to know one of the following languages to participate: C, C++, C#, Java, Pascal, PHP and Python.

If you don’t know how to code, you can learn for free through Codecademy.

Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad

The AIMO is a four-hour examination for students up to Year 10 level.

The AIMO is appropriate for those who have done the Gauss or Noether stage of the Enrichment stage of the MCYA, high achievers in the Australian Mathematics Competition and students who have acquired knowledge of Olympiad problem solving.

The AIMO and AIO are some of the competitions used to determine which students are selected to a number of invitation only events, including other mathematics/informatics competitions, enrichment classes and training schools. They gives talented students an opportunity to be recognised and to participate in activities which will enhance their enjoyment and knowledge of mathematics/informatics.

To enter students into either of these competitions, head to our entry page.


Interested in Statistics?

Collect and interpret data on a practical research question, then present your results in a poster.

Students in groups are invited to enter the SSA National Schools Poster Competition. Entry is free! Schools must register their students (primary and secondary) by 1 September 2017. For loads of ideas, resources and all information go to


MEDIA RELEASE – Australia brings home gold from International Olympiad in Informatics


Australian team member finishes in top 10 worldwide

2017 IOI team: Prof. Benjamin Burton, Team Leader Robert Newey, Jerry Mao, Charles Jameson, Richard Gong, Angus Ritossa, Deputy Team Leader Joshua Lau

Australia’s team performed strongly to win two gold and one silver medal at the 2017 International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Tehran, Iran.

Seventeen-year old Richard Gong finished in 10th place overall: a major achievement. Competing at the IOI for the second time, Richard added gold to his 2016 silver medal. Jerry Mao, selected for his third IOI, scored a gold medal to go with his silver (2016) and bronze (2015) medals. First-timer Charles Jameson also received a silver medal.

Nathan Ford, from the Australian Mathematics Trust, said, ‘Our 2017 results continue our strong performance on the international informatics stage.  Our excellent results demonstrate not only the hard work and abilities of our team members, but the excellence in problem solving training and support we provide these talented students with.’

This year 308 students from 83 countries from around the world participated in the IOI. A team of up to four contestants represented each participating country. The Olympiad included two days of competition tasks as well as time for practice, socialising and some sightseeing around Tehran. The Japanese team were the most successful this year, with three of the four Japanese competitors earning a gold medal.

The International Olympiad in Informatics is one of five international science Olympiads. Its primary goal is to stimulate interest in informatics (computing science) and information technology.

The Australian team (Richard Gong, Charles Jameson, Jerry Mao and Angus Ritossa) spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They succeeded amongst more than 5,000 other students in extension programs and qualifying exams. From that initial cohort, some thirty attended two training schools before the final selection of the team.

The selection process for the team to represent Australia at the 2018 International Olympiad in Informatics is already underway. Students from across the country are now preparing to sit one of the qualifying competitions, the Australian Informatics Olympiad, held on 31 August.

Detailed results of the competition are located at IOI 2017. The 30th IOI will take place in Japan next year.

The Australian Government through the National Innovation and Science Agenda supports the Olympiad programs, with additional sponsorship from Optiver.



Kate O’Sullivan           

Marketing and Communications Officer 

Australian Mathematics Trust

02 6201 2663




Media Release – Five Medals at International Mathematical Olympiad

Australian student solves hardest problem in history of competition

The Australian team is bringing home three silver and two bronze medals, plus an honourable mention, from the 2017 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This year’s competition contained the hardest problem in the history of the IMO. Only seven students scored any points on the question, and only two, including Australia’s Linus Cooper, completely solved the problem. Australia has the distinction of scoring more points than any other country on this question with Hadyn Tang also achieving a partial score on the problem.

The Australian Mathematics Trust’s (AMT) CEO, Nathan Ford, said: ‘We had a great overall team result and it is a significant achievement for Australia to score more points than any other country on the hardest IMO problem in history. It shows how well our competitors are trained in solving complex problems. It’s a testament to Linus’ training, focus and perseverance that he solved it.’

The Australian team finished 34th out of 111 countries in the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad. The South Korean team were the outright winners, with each competitor earning a gold medal.

Six hundred and fifteen students participated in the IMO from the across the globe. The competition was held over 18 and 19 July with competitors having to solve three problems over four and a half hours each day.

The Australian team spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the Olympiad selection. They succeeded amongst more than 25,000 students participating in extension programs and qualifying exams. From that initial cohort, some thirty students attended two training schools before the final selection of the team.

The Australian results were:

2017 International Mathematical Olympiad
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
12 to 23 July

Student School State Result
James Bang Baulkham Hills High School NSW Bronze medal
Matthew Cheah Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School VIC Silver medal
Linus Cooper James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW Silver medal
William Hu Christ Church Grammar School WA Bronze medal
Hadyn Tang Trinity Grammar School VIC Honourable mention
Guowen Zhang St Joseph’s College QLD Silver medal


The selection process for the team to represent Australia at the 2018 International Mathematical Olympiad is already underway. Students from across the country are preparing to sit important competitions during Term 3 including the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO) and the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC) Senior Contest.

Detailed results of the competition are located on the IMO official homepage.

Kate O’Sullivan
Marketing and Communications Officer
Australian Mathematics Trust
02 6201 2663


digIT 2017 draws to a close

The group of 2017 digIT students

The group of 2017 digIT students

Fifty-five students from regional and remote areas of Australia have wrapped up the digIT 2017 program by coming together to talk about pathways into ICT, present projects and pitch solutions on how to solve some of the world’s problems.

The three-day residential camp brings to a close the six-month digIT program, combining two residential camps and a mentoring program. Central to these camps is the development of algorithmic thinking and coding skills.

ICT-related careers and opportunities are becoming ever more important in the workforce as non-traditional employers of STEM graduates recognise the value of these skills. Students participated in a careers panel with John Rogan and Kimberley Apted from Optiver, and Jim Mussared from GrokLearning and Google, where they asked questions about how to get into ICT employment/positions and what it is like working in the field.

The students also presented the projects they had been working on over the past six months with their mentors. These included a working robotic arm, adventure games, a gravity simulator, a home network set up, and a solution to solve a school website problem. They then took part in a ‘think and pitch’ session, similar to Shark Tank: students came up with ideas including apps to assist the elderly and enfeebled, as well as wearable technology to translate sign language to text.

The group finished on a high note with a trip to the Powerhouse Museum.

Noah and Sam from Armidale High School show Mr Jan Honnens (digIT Program Director) how their project works

Noah and Sam from Armidale High School show Mr Jan Honnens (digIT Program Director) how their project works

digIT is a six-month program that combines two residential camps and a mentoring program, for year 8 and 9 students with an interest in ICT. The program particularly targets students from underrepresented groups such as disadvantaged, rural/remote and Indigenous.

For more information about the digIT program for 2018, contact us at If you are an ICT professional and are interested in being a part of the digIT program, we would like to hear from you.

The digIT program is run by the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT – The ICT Summer Schools initiative (digIT) is an initiative of and funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Education and Training.


Australian Olympians ready to take on the world in mathematics and informatics

IMO and IOI teams

Ten of Australia’s best students have made the teams to represent Australia at the International Mathematical Olympiad and International Olympiad in Informatics, taking place in July and August.

James Bang (Year 10, Baulkham Hills High School), Matthew Cheah (Year 12, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School), Linus Cooper (Year 11, James Ruse Agricultural High School), William Hu (Year 11, Christ Church Grammar School), Hadyn Tang (Year 8, Trinity Grammar School) and Guowen Zhang (Year 11, St Joseph’s College) were named as the members of the 2017 team for the International Mathematical Olympiad, and will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 12th to the 23rd of July. Richard Gong (Year 12, Sydney Grammar School), Charles Jameson (Year 12, Sydney Grammar School), Jerry Mao (Year 11, Caulfield Grammar School) and Angus Ritossa (Year 10, St Peter’s College) make up the team heading to the International Olympiad in Informatics and will be heading to Tehran, Iran, from the 28th of July to the 4th of August.

The Olympians received their Australian team blazers before the Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, at an official team announcement ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra, on Monday 19 June.

This year’s youngest Olympian, Hadyn Tang said: ‘I am looking forward to being able to challenge myself at the IMO [International Mathematics Olympiad], and to have the opportunity to explore more areas of mathematics and meet other mathematical peers.’

These students have spent a year in exams and intensive training to make the cut. They came from a pool of more than 25,000 students through extension programs and qualifying exams.  After making a shortlist of 150, they attended intensive training schools for ultimate selection to the teams.

The Olympiad programs are funded through the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, with additional sponsorship from Optiver.

International Olympiad in Informatics 

28 July – 4 August, Tehran, Iran         

Richard Gong Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
Charles Jameson Year 12 Sydney Grammar School NSW
Jerry Mao Year 11 Caulfield Grammar School VIC
Angus Ritossa Year 10 St Peter’s College SA
International Mathematical Olympiad 

12–23 July, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

James Bang Year 10 Baulkham Hills High School NSW
Matthew Cheah Year 12 Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School VIC
Linus Cooper Year 11 James Ruse Agricultural High School NSW
William Hu Year 11 Christ Church Grammar School WA
Hadyn Tang Year 8 Trinity Grammar School VIC
Guowen Zhang Year 11 St Joseph’s College QLD

It’s the 40th AMC!

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) is running for the 40th time in 2017!

The AMC is a fun 30-problem competition that shows the relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives. Australia’s leading educators and academics, who have a deep understanding of national curriculum standards, design the unique AMC problems each year. Every year, hundreds of thousands of years 3–12 students, from Australia and overseas, participate in the AMC. The competition, which will be held on 27 July this year, is open to all students through their schools.

Perhaps you’re a student who has never participated in the competition. Or you might be the parent of a child who is interested in maths and likes to solve problems. In either case, you should talk to your school about entering the AMC. There is still plenty of time to do so! If you are a teacher and you don’t know your school code and password for our competitions and programs, please contact us.

Get your entries in for the AMC as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment via

Closing dates

  • Paper version: 10 July (30 June for overseas schools)
  • Online version: 20 July

Ready, GetSet, Go!

We encourage students to prepare for AMC by signing up to GetSet AMC. This self-paced, online course is designed to help students of all levels prepare effectively for the AMC. Students can get started quickly and easily, without teachers’ assistance. We are offering GetSet AMC for $2 per student to schools that order them with their AMC entries. Otherwise GetSet AMC costs $6 per student. Whether you are a student, parent or teacher, you can register for GetSet AMC via


AMT Survey 2017

The Australian Mathematics Trust is constantly striving to improve our programs. As such, we are seeking feedback from teachers and schools to ensure we continue to deliver the best possible programs and materials.

We have recently emailed schools inviting them to participate in a survey. If you have already completed this survey, thank you for your comments. Please invite other maths/digital technology staff members to give their opinions.

If you or your school runs any AMT activities, please click here to fill out a survey.

If you or your school do not run any AMT activities, please click here to fill out a survey.

The survey will take between 5 and 15 minutes to complete.

The survey is anonymous and will be used internally for improving the Trust’s programs. If you are willing to be contacted regarding your comments or for follow up questions, please fill in your contact details at the end of the survey.


Big achievements for Curious Minds participants

Girls in STEM program awarded scholarships, selected in an exchange program to Europe

Curious Minds Logo 2017
Zali Roberts, currently a year 10 student at the Cleve Area School will soon be leaving for a 5-month exchange to Sweden. In August, Zali is taking up a Southern Cross Cultural Exchange after an extensive application process. She will be placed with a host family, attend the local high school and immerse herself in all things Swedish (including learning a bit of the language).

Zali was invited to be part of the Curious Minds program following her success in the Australian Mathematics Competition. For her, Curious Minds was the small step that opened her mind to bigger opportunities like this exchange.

Other students have also been reporting success in academic scholarship applications, such as Year 10 Canberra student Khadeja Khan. Khadeja also used Curious Minds as an opportunity to undertake a week of work experience in the IT section of IP Australia to see some of the useful real life applications of computer science and engineering. She has also taken three computer science workshops (two through Canberra Girls Programming Network and one at the ANU for the Girls in ICT day).

The Curious Minds program targets highly capable girls in Years 8, 9 and 10 who have an interest in STEM learning areas and pairs them with a female mentor recruited from a variety of STEM backgrounds. Together, they construct personal goals for the student, and work together over six months. Zali was paired with Melbourne-based hydro-geologist Dr Megan Sebben, and Khadeja with Canberra-based science communicator, Kate O’Sullivan.

The current program, which has been running for six months, will conclude in July when the girls will hold a presentation at the Australian National University to demonstrate what they have learned during the experience. For more details about the program head to the Curious Minds page.

Curious Minds is jointly delivered by the Australian Mathematics Trust and Australian Science Innovations.


Getting Prepared?

Image of notebooks and pen

If you want to get ready for any of our competitions or to work on your problem solving skills, we have a series of resources to help.


GetSet AMC and GetSetCAT are self-paced online programs designed to help every student prepare effectively for the AMC. There’s a collection of problem sets and a mock contest for each division, and students receive a performance report with suggested areas of improvement.

The 2016 Solutions and 2015 Solutions books list all the questions and solutions for all the divisions of the AMC for a single year, presented in question order.

For Primary Students

Australian Mathematics Competition Primary Bk 2 (2009–2013) This book contains all the questions and solutions from the Middle and Upper Primary papers between 2009 and 2013. The questions are presented in the same order as in the real paper, which means you’ll be able to get some real practice done.

For Secondary Students

Australian Mathematics Competition Bk 5 (2006–2012). This is our most recent compilation of all questions and solutions for the secondary divisions (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) of the AMC. It is organised by topic and the questions get progressively more difficult. The source (year, division) for each question is indicated. With so many questions, you can use it all through high school.

For Advanced Students

Problem Solving via the AMC focuses on particular techniques for solving types of problems that students have often found difficult in the AMC (geometry, rates of change, Diophantine equations and counting techniques). The techniques are developed and explained through sample problems, then further problems are set, and solutions provided.

To order, go to our online bookshop.


A Purr-fect Start to the Year

Almost 16 thousand students across Australia, and internationally, will sit the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition today. Students will sit the one-hour problem-solving competition both online and on paper.

The CAT is an ideal challenge to encourage interest in programming. Results in the CAT often enable talent to be discovered that may not be uncovered in the classroom. The competition is a mix of multiple-choice and other problems and encourages students to develop informal algorithms and apply them to test data of increasing size or complexity.

Teachers can prepare for today by reading the Manager’s Handbooks (Online and Paper [linked]).

Good luck to all students today!