Dawson gets ready to host a math competition from Waterloo University
By Dahlia Belinsky
Want to spruce up your CV with academic successes? The deadline to sign up for the 15th annual Sun Life Math Competition is on Nov. 19.
The competition is a test that is composed of questions at a “high school level, but [the] problems are very challenging,” Andreea Panait, head organizer and teacher of the Dawson math department said. Students of any program can enter as there is no calculus or linear algebra, but participants will need their 536 math.
The prizes include a certificate and, if the student obtains a score high enough, they can be invited to the Canadian Mathematics Olympiad. The prizes are offered by Waterloo University.
The event was organized “because in this way students [are offered] a possibility to improve their knowledge and their performance in math,” Panait said.
“I’ve always enjoyed participating in math competitions,” Rory Bokser, first prize winner of Dawson’s fourth annual math competition, said. “I’m expecting the competition to be quite difficult, [but] the more difficult the competition, the more interesting it becomes to answer the questions.”
“If you have no clue [how to get the answer], it could take an hour before you have your epiphany. What’s worse is when you have your epiphany right after you walk out!” Jerry Kirman, a participant in the math competition, said.
For additional help, past exams are posted on the Sun Life website, http://math.ca/Competitions/COMC/, but there is no solution manual.
However, the math department offers preparation every Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. with Panait.
To register for the competition students must sign up by Nov. 19 with the secretary of the Math department, Andrea Rudolph, in 6B.19. The competition will be on Nov 24 in 3B.4 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Students are encourages to sign up as soon as possible as space is limited.