The Colorado Mathematical Olympiad and Further Explorations: From the Mountains of Colorado to the Peaks of Mathematics / Edition 1

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This updated printing of the first edition of Colorado Mathematical Olympiad: the First Twenty Years and Further Explorationsgives the interesting history of the competition as well as an outline of all the problems and solutions that have been created for the contest over the years. Many of the essay problems were inspired by Russian mathematical folklore and written to suit the young audience; for example, the 1989 Sugar problem was written in a pleasant Lewis Carroll-like story. Some other entertaining problems involve olde Victorian map colourings, King Authur and the knights of the round table, rooks in space, Santa Claus and his elves painting planes, football for 23, and even the Colorado Springs subway system.

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"Like Gauss, Alexander Soifer would not hesitate to inject Eureka! at the right moment. Like van der Waerden, he can transform a dispassionate exercise in logic into a compelling account of sudden insights and ultimate triumph." — Cecil Rousseau Chair, USA Mathematical Olympiad Committee
"... this book is not so much mathematical literature as it is literature built around mathematics… with the Further Explorations sections, anyone so inclined could spend a lifetime on the mathematics sprouting from this volume." —Peter D. Johnson, Jr., Auburn University
"I finished reading the book in one sitting – I just could not put it down. Professor Soifer has indebted us all by first making the effort to organize the Colorado Mathematical Olympiads, and then making the additional effort to tell us about it in such an engaging and useful way." —Branko Grünbaum, University of Washington
"A delightful feature of the book is that in the second part more related problems are discussed. Some of them are still unsolved." —Paul Erdős
"The book is a gold mine of brilliant reasoning with special emphasis on the power and beauty of coloring proofs. Strongly recommended to both serious and recreational mathematicians on all levels of expertise." —Martin Gardner
“This book is addressed to lower undergraduate students and presents the 20-year account of the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad. The volume under review contains original problems with complete solutions. … Soifer’s treatment is colloquial and could be used for general classroom enrichment as well as for competition preparation. … warmly recommends this book as an introduction to problem solving and the construction of proofs.” (Teodora-Liliana Rădulescu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1215, 2011)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387754710
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Edition description: 2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.- Olympiad History: What it is and How it Started.- Three Celebrated Ideas.- Year 1.- Year 2.- Year 3.- Year 4.- Year 5.- Year 6.- Year 7.- Year 8.- Year 9.- Year 10.- Further Explorations.- Rooks in Space.- Chromatic Number of the Plane.- Polygons in a Colored Circle, Polyhedra in a colored Sphere.- How Does one Cut a Triangle?.- Points in Convex Figures.- Triangles in a Colored Plane.- Rectangles in a Colored Plane.- Colored Polygons.- Infinite-Finite.- Schur Theorem.- Bibliography.- Year 11.- Year 12.- Year 13.- Year 14.- Year 15.- Year 16.- Year 17.- Year 18.- Year 19.- Year 20.- Further Explorations.- Chromatic Number of a Grid.- Stone Age Entertainment.- The Erdös Problem.- Squares in a Square.- Washington Recangles.- Olde Victorian Map Colouring.- More Stone Age Entertainment.- The 1-10-100 Problem.- King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.- A Map Coloring "Game".- Bibliography.

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