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2017 Award for Irish Teachers of Mathematics

Do you know a Maths teacher who inspires and teaches with passion and knowledge? Nominate her or him for the 2017 Award for Irish Teachers of Mathematics! The deadline of 31 January 2018 is approaching fast. More details can be found on the homepage of the Irish Mathematical Trust.

Mathematics Enrichment Classes 2018

For those in the Limerick and mid-West area, the Mathematics Enrichment classes will be held in the University of Limerick on Thursday nights from 7.00–10.00pm beginning on Thursday, 18th January 2018.

The venue for the first session is KBG 10. This lecture theatre is in the Kemmy Business School on the main UL campus (adjacent to the Schumann Building on the UL campus map). Turn right on entering the KBS from the Fountain side or turn left entering from the Car park side. The room is then on the left on the ground floor. Room KBG 14 is at the other end of the corridor on the ground floor.

Classes in Limerick will continue weekly on Thursday nights until May 2018.

Schedule for 2018

Date Room 7.00 – 10.00 pm
18 January 2018 KBG 10 team competition
25 January KBG 14 Mary Frawley, Bernd Kreussler
1 February KBG 14 Mark Burke, Ronan Flatley
8 February KBG 14 Jim Leahy, Gordon Lessells
15 February (no class)
22 February KBG 14 Mary Frawley, Bernd Kreussler
Saturday, 24 February A1065 10.00 am – 1.00 pm      EGMO Qualifier
1 March KBG 14 Ronan Flatley, Gordon Lessells
8 March KBG 14 Jim Leahy, Ronan Flatley
15 March KBG 14 Mary Frawley, Bernd Kreussler
22 March KBG 14 Limerick Maths Olympiad
29 March (no class)
5 April (no class)
12 April KBG 14 Mary Frawley, Bernd Kreussler
19 April KBG 14 Eugene Gath, Jim Leahy
26 April KBG 14 Mark Burke, Jim Leahy
3 May KBG 14 Mark Burke, Eugene Gath
10 May KBG 14 Gordon Lessells, Eugene Gath
Saturday, 12 May A1065 10 am – 5 pm      Irish Mathematical Olympiad

The advanced class will meet in room KBG 15.

Mathematics Enrichment Courses are also run at universities in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Maynooth. Details can be found through the links on the website of the Irish Mathematical Olympiad.

What is it?

The Mathematics Enrichment course is designed to develop a sound understanding of mathematics and improve problem-solving skills. There is little overlap with the mathematics taught in school. While there will be some mathematical theory introduced, the emphasis will be on solving problems rather than accumulating theory. Participants will be trained to create original deductive arguments to establish mathematical facts. The problems studied require inventive thinking rather than applying known techniques.
Sessions are run by academic mathematicians from the University of Limerick and from Mary Immaculate College.

Who is it for?

These classes are for talented students of mathematics in Transition Year, 5th year or 6th year of secondary school. If you are interested but have not received an invitation by the end of November, please contact Mark Burke (details below).

You cannot become a problem solver without solving problems on your own!

Therefore, from each participant, the willingness to do some homework is expected.

Mathematical Olympiads

Many students enjoy to compete with others in areas in which they have a talent. Mathematical Olympiads provide a competetive but friendly environment for mathematically talented students. On all levels, such olympiads can help to keep up motivation to improve problem solving skills. At Maths Olympiads students with similar interests meet and enjoy to discuss about their mathematical problem solving experience.

Limerick Mathematical Olympiad

The Limerick Mathematical Olympiad took place on 23 March 2017. Congratulations to the three top scorers:

  1. Lucas Bachmann (Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe)
  2. Jack Murphy (CBS, Charleville)
  3. Vlad-Florian Lica (Castleisland Community School)

and also to the remaining top ten scorers:

  1. John Ryan (St Joseph's College, Borrisoleigh)
  2. Shamik Giri (Villiers School, Limerick)
  3. Daniel Finucane (Crescent College Comprehensive, Limerick)
  4. Mark Quigley (St. Caimin's Community School, Shannon)
  5. Archie Connolly (Rice College, Ennis)
  6. Matthew Kiely (Ardscoil Rís, Limerick)
  7. Oisín O'Duibhir (Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, Newcastle West)

European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad

The seventh European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad will take place in Florence (Italy) from 9th to the 15th of April 2018.

EGMO 2017 Zürich paper 1 paper 2
EGMO 2016 Busteni paper 1 paper 2
EGMO 2015 Minsk paper 1 paper 2
EGMO 2014 Antalya paper 1 paper 2
EGMO 2013 Luxembourg paper 1 paper 2
EGMO 2012 Cambridge paper 1 paper 2

Results can be found on the EGMO website.

Irish Mathematical Olympiad

Round 1 of IrMO took place during 13—17 November 2017 in most second level schools in Ireland. The best performers are invited to a Mathematics Enrichment Course.

Participants of the Mathematics Enrichment Classes will be encouraged to participate in the Final Round of the Irish Mathematical Olympiad which will be held on 12 May 2018.
As a preparation for this contest, the Limerick Mathematical Olympiad will be held in March 2018.

International Mathematical Olympiad

The best performers at the Final Round of the Irish Mathematical Olympiad will be invited to form the Irish team for the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad which will be held in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), from the 3rd to the 14th of July 2018.

For further Information contact Dr. Eugene Gath (University of Limerick)

Phone:   061 – 213466
Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland, Tel: +35361 204300