The Mathematical Olympiad Handbook: An Introduction to Problem Solving Based on the First 32 British Mathematical Olympiads 1965-1996

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Begun in Hungary in the nineteenth century, Mathematical Olympiads are now held for high school students throughout the world. They feature problems which, though they require only high school mathematics, seem very difficult because they are unpredictable and have no obvious starting point. This book introduces readers to these delightful and challenging problems and aims to convince them that Olympiads are not just for a select minority. The book contains problems from the British Mathematical Olympiad (BMO) competitions between 1965 and 1996. It includes hints and solutions for each problem from 1975 on, a review of the basic mathematical skills needed, and a list of recommended reading, making it an ideal source for enriching one's experience in mathematics.
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Introduces challenging problems from British mathematical competitions for secondary school students. Part I overviews mathematics needed, covering numbers, algebra, proofs, elementary number theory, geometry, and trigonometric formulae. Part II presents about 10 problems for each of the 32 years of the competition, and Part III offers hints and worked solutions for problems given in the years 1975 through 1996. For motivated and talented high school students, especially those preparing for competitions. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198501053
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Problems and Problem Solving How to Use this Book A Little Useful Mathematics Introduction Numbers Algebra Proof Elementary number theory Geometry Trigonometric formulae Some Books for Your Bookshelf The Problems Hints and Outline Solutions Appendix: The International Mathematical Olympiad: UK teams and results 1967 - 1996

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