Today over 190,000 young Australian students will be sitting the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC). It is one of Australia’s largest single educational events.
Now in its 41st year, the AMC is Australia’s premier mathematical problem-solving competition. Featuring 30 carefully crafted and engaging problems, the competition helps students explore and develop their problem-solving skills. The five papers, which span years 3–12, are constructed to provide students with an inspiring balance of challenge and fun.
Current Curtin University student Shrenik Jobanputra said of the AMC, ‘I first encountered the AMC in year 8 and it actually changed the way I thought about maths. Problem solving without the use of a calculator makes maths more fun.’
Since its inception in 1978, over 15 million students worldwide have sat the competition. Top performers are awarded certificates, prizes and medals, and for many students it is the first step on the road to further engagement and study of mathematics. Teachers use the problems after the competition as teaching tools to help develop problem-solving skills in their students.
The AMC is run by the Australian Mathematics Trust.