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Zawaira A., Hitchcock G. — A Primer for Mathematics Competitions
Zawaira A., Hitchcock G. — A Primer for Mathematics Competitions

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Название: A Primer for Mathematics Competitions

Авторы: Zawaira A., Hitchcock G.

Аннотация:

The original meaning of the word ‘Olympiad’ was the period of four years
reckoned from one celebration of the Olympic Games to the next, by which
the ancient Greeks computed time. The year 776 bce was taken as the first
year of the first Olympiad. In modern times the word has become associated
with the regular celebration of the Olympic Games revived in 1896. During
the course of the twentieth century it came to refer also to other specialist
competitions held on a regular basis, e.g. Chess Olympiad, Chemistry
Olympiad, etc. One major difference from the Olympic Games is the general
rule for Mathematical Olympiads, that contestants be high school students,
not yet registered at a tertiary educational institution, and under 19 years
of age. The reason behind this is that a primary objective of the World Federation
of National Mathematics Competitions (WFNMC) is to stimulate
interest in and enjoyment of the subject in high schools. This objective is
achieved in a number of different ways. Firstly, mathematics competitions
and Olympiads are a powerful way of convincing young people that mathematics
is a lively and attractive subject. Secondly, there is ample evidence
that such competitions are remarkably effective in identifying future mathematicians
at an early stage, and helping them to discover and develop their
gift. Thirdly, in mounting high-profile and often glamorous competitions,
public awareness of mathematics is promoted, the morale of mathematics
teachers is boosted, and the quality of mathematics education is improved.
Fourthly, in a more subtle way, Mathematics Olympiads provide extremely
valuable (and sadly rare) common ground for university mathematicians
and high school teachers and students of mathematics to come together
and share ideas on how the subject might be taught more effectively.


Язык: en

Рубрика: Разное/

Статус предметного указателя: Неизвестно

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Год издания: 2009

Количество страниц: 350

Добавлена в каталог: 25.03.2018

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