Shrewsbury School

Final of Senior Team Mathematics Challenge 2012

Saturday 4 February 2012

Over 1000 schools took part in the 2011/2012 Senior Team Mathematics Challenge, and once again the Shrewsbury team - this time comprising four boys from the Lower Sixth - made it through to the final round when they came first in the regional heat last term with a score of 169/176.

Win Chirayus (I), Martin Chow (SH), Non Suemanothom (G) and Peter Zhan (R), accompanied by Charlie Oakley, made an early start on Wednesday 1st February to travel down to London to take part in the Final. They finished a highly creditable 20th out of 63, with a score of 162/186. 

The Senior Team Maths Challenge is organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust for pupils aged between 16 and 18, and aims to promote mathematical dexterity, team working, and communication skills, giving pupils the opportunity to compete against pupils from other schools in their region.

Our regional contest took place at Keele last term, when Martin Hansen accompanied the boys.  There were three rounds at this stage - Round One required teams to work together to solve 10 problems in 40 minutes. Round Two involved a ‘cross-number’, like a crossword but with numeric clues and answers. The team split into two, one pair answered the ‘across’ clues and the other the ‘down’ clues, without consultation between the pairs. The final round was a relay, again in pairs. The first pair was set a problem - the answer for which was the clue for the second pair’s question and so on. There were four problems for the pairs to solve in eight minutes.

Please see the 2011-2012 STMC Entry Form for more information.

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