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Mathematics Enrichment Classes 2019

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, 17th January 2019.

Room SG15 is in the Schumann building, which is adjacent to the Kemmy Business School on the main UL campus (see UL campus map). To get there in the evening, you have to enter the KBS and continue past KBG11 through the canteen. You will then find SG15 on the ground floor.

Awards Ceremony (Sunday, 26th May 2019)

On Sunday, 26th May 2019 at 4:00--6:30pm in Aula Maxima, UCC, Cork, there will be an IrMO Awards Ceremony at which all those on the IrMO Roll of Honour will receive certificates, the team selected for the 2019 IMO will be honoured and the team captain (1st place on the roll of honour) will be presented the Fergus Gaines Cup.

You can be accompanied by up to three people.

To help planning this event, please pre-register as soon as possible through this form.

Schedule for 2019

Parallel to the sessions listed in the table below, more advanced training sessions will take place in room SG17 (in KBG15 in May). If you are in doubt to which room to go, please go to SG15 (to KBG14 in May).

The schedule will be completed as soon as possible.

Date Room 7.00 – 10.00 pm
17 January 2019 KBG 11 team competition
24 January SG15 Eugene Gath, Jim Leahy
31 January SG15 Mark Burke, Jim Leahy
7 February SG15 Sarah Frawley, Bernd Kreussler
14 February SG15 Sarah Frawley, Bernd Kreussler
Saturday, 16 February C2062 10.00 am – 1.00 pm      EGMO Qualifier
21 February (no class)
28 February SG15 Ronan Flatley, Gordon Lessells
7 March SG15 Mary and Sarah Frawley, Bernd Kreussler
14 March SG15 Ronan Flatley, Jim Leahy
21 March SG15 Gordon Lessells, Jim Leahy
28 March SG15 Limerick Maths Olympiad
4 April SG15 Ronan Flatley, Eugene Gath
11 April SG15 Gordon Lessells, Jim Leahy
18 April (no class)
25 April (no class)
2 May KBG14 Mark Burke, Eugene Gath
9 May KBG14 Gordon Lessells, Eugene Gath
Saturday, 11 May C2062 10 am – 5 pm      Irish Mathematical Olympiad

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 Eugene Gath (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 28 March 2019. Congratulations to the three top scorers:

  1. Lucas Bachmann (Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe)
  2. Archie Connolly (Rice College, Ennis)
  3. James Chen (Castletroy College, Limerick)
  4. Pádraig Cody (St. Joseph's CBS, Nenagh)

and also to the remaining top ten scorers:

  1. Wiktor Kwapinski (Castletroy College, Limerick)
  2. Rodger Clery (Scoil Pol, Kilfinane)
  3. Aodhán Gallagher (Castletroy College, Limerick)
  4. Andrew Kostecki (Castletroy College, Limerick)
  5. Lily Cox (Coláiste Íde agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale)
  6. Eoin O'Brien (St. Munchin's College, Limerick)
  7. Connor Skelton-Bundy (St. Patrick's Comprehensive, Shannon)

European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad

The eighth European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad will take place in Kyiv (Ukraine) from 7th to the 13th of April 2019.

EGMO 2018 Florence paper 1 paper 2
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 12—16 November 2018 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 11 May 2019.
As a preparation for this contest, the Limerick Mathematical Olympiad will be held in March 2019.

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 60th International Mathematical Olympiad which will be held in Bath (UK), from the 11th to the 22nd of July 2019. There is a policy on eligibility to represent Ireland at the IMO .

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

Email:   Eugene.Gath@ul.ie
Phone:   061 – 213466
Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland, Tel: +35361 204300