Welcome to the British Mathematical Olympiad
BMO Round 1 marked (6–8 December 2013)
BMO Round 1 was marked in Peterborough on 6–8 December. The following candidates scored 45 or more out of 60.
BMO Round 1 (30 November 2013)
BMO1 2012/2013 Solutions (3 November 2013)
BMO1 for 2013/2014 will be sat on 29 November. Because of candidates sitting the paper in different time zones, an embargo on public discussion of the paper will apply until the problems and solutions appear on this site the following morning.
Christopher Bradley elegance prize (20 October 2013)
There will be a new annual prize available to entrants of the British Mathematical Olympiad round 2, in memory of Christopher Bradley. The award will be known as the “Christopher Bradley elegance prize”, and will be awarded to the candidate or candidates who, in the opinion of the markers, has submitted the most elegant solution or solutions to a BMO2 problem or problems. The maximum prize in any one year is £500 (which will be adjusted for inflation from time to time). This sum, or a smaller sum, may be awarded to a single individual or divided among several individuals in any way that the markers see fit. It is possible that, in some years, the prize may not be awarded. In the event that the markers are unable to agree on the distribution of a Christopher Bradley prize in a given year, the final decision rests with the chair of the marking committee.
The prize is funded by the royalties of Christopher Bradley’s UKMT books, kindly donated by his heirs in Christopher’s memory.
UK Mathematical Olympiad for Girls extended solutions (16 October 2013)
The solutions to the 2013 UK Mathematical Olympiad for Girls paper now include extended discussions of the problems and the approaches taken by candidates.
UK MOG marked (11 October 2013)
The UK Mathematical Olympiad for Girls (UK MOG) was marked on Sunday in Cambridge. The following candidates scored 35 or more out of 50.
Royal Society celebration (30 September 2013)
The 2013 olympiad teams’ achievements were celebrated at the Royal Society on Monday 30 September; Professor Kevin Buzzard gave the 36th annual IMO lecture, on “Solving equations using geometry”.
UK Mathematical Olympiad for Girls (30 September 2013)
Ben Elliott (24 September 2013)
Ben Elliott, a young man of exceptional talent, died on 21 September 2013, following complications associated with medical treatment. He represented the UK at the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad in Moldova (2010), the Romanian Master of Mathematics (2011) and the International Mathematical Olympiad in the Netherlands (2011). He was the top scorer at BMO2 in 2011, when he was a student at Godalming College. Since October 2011, he was reading mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he rapidly became an enthusiastic volunteer for olympiad activities.
BMOS had hoped that he would be the local organiser of our Trinity Camp in 2014, since he was both extremely popular and had a talent for helping others to work together. He is sorely missed, and we pass on our sympathy to his family.
IMO 2013 student report by Andrew Carlotti available (14 September 2013)
A second unofficial report on IMO 2013 from the student perspective, by UK team member Andrew Carlotti, is now available.
IMO 2013 Deputy Leader’s report by Dominic Yeo available (14 September 2013)
A report on IMO 2013 by Deputy Leader Dominic Yeo is now available.
Balkan Mathematical Olympiad 2013 student report (10 September 2013)
An unofficial report on the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad 2013 from the student perspective, by the UK team, is now available.
UK Mathematical Olympiad for Girls (31 August 2013, updated 5 September 2013)
UK MOG, to be held on Thursday 26 September, is aimed at girls in Years 11, 12 and 13 who enjoy challenging maths problems. Younger girls may also enter, but you should note that some questions may require topics from the GCSE syllabus. The main aim of this competition is to introduce students to maths olympiad style problems. Those who find that they enjoy them can then join one of the UKMT mentoring schemes and enter further competitions.
This year, UK MOG will be held at the end of September, in order to allow us to identify students who would benefit from further training. The team for the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) will be selected in February based on BMO1 and BMO2 results.
Because the main purpose of the competition is to give students a taste of maths olympiads, the format of the paper will be different from previous years. Some questions will be in two parts: part (b) will be the main problem, carrying the majority of marks; part (a) will ask students to prove a result that should help them solve the main problem—it could be an easier version, or a related problem, or a preliminary result that will be needed in the main proof. (For those familiar with them, this is similar to some STEP questions, where question parts are of increasing difficulty but use the same idea.) It is hoped that the new format will help those students who are not familiar with common olympiad “tricks”.
UK MOG will be a 2½-hour paper with five problems.
As this paper will follow a new format, there are no past papers in this format. However, the difficulty of the questions will be similar to the Intermediate Olympiad Maclaurin paper.
To register your student for UK MOG 2013, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: student full name, date of birth, school year, school name, UKMT centre number, and confirmation of student eligibility (either eligible for a UK passport describing them as a British Citizen, or will have completed 3 full years of full-time secondary education in the UK by the time they leave school). Your registration will be acknowledged and the paper will be sent by email to the contact teacher on Tuesday 24 September for the paper to be sat on Thursday 26 September.
IMO 2013 student report by Warren Li available (17 August 2013)
An unofficial report on IMO 2013 from the student perspective, by UK team member Warren Li, is now available.
IMO 2013 report available (5 August 2013)
The reports on past IMOs now include Geoff Smith’s report on IMO 2013.
Balkan Mathematical Olympiad report available (4 August 2013)
The Balkan Mathematical Olympiad information now includes Geoff Smith’s report on the 2013 olympiad.
IMO 2013 press materials (1 August 2013)
Photos of the IMO team for press use are now available.
IMO 2013 press release (29 July 2013)
A press release about the UK performance at IMO 2013 is now available.
IMO 2013 results (27 July 2013)
The IMO papers were sat on 23 and 24 July. The results of the UK team members are shown below. We obtained two Gold, three Silver and one Bronze medals and a score of 171 out of 252, coming 9th out of 97 participating countries. The medal boundaries were for 31 for Gold, 24 for Silver and 15 for Bronze.
The team leaves Santa Marta on Sunday 28 July and arrives back in the UK on Monday 29 July. The achievements of this year’s UK olympiad teams will be celebrated at the Royal Society on Monday 30 September, when Professor Kevin Buzzard will give the 36th annual IMO lecture, on “Solving equations using geometry”.
IMO 2013 problems (24 July 2013)
The IMO papers were sat on 23 and 24 July in Santa Marta; the problems (day 1, day 2) are available. The problems were submitted by Japan, Australia, Russia, Thailand, Bulgaria and Russia respectively.
Mathematics Ashes results (20 July 2013)
The UK has won the sixth Mathematics Ashes competition, decided on the results of today’s practice exam at the joint pre-IMO training camp in Santa Marta; the results for the two teams were as follows, with the UK scoring a total of 82 and Australia scoring a total of 81:
Christopher Bradley (11 July 2013, memorial details added 18 July 2013)
Christopher Bradley died on July 11th. In our community he is well-known for his books written for UKMT, his role as deputy leader of the IMO team some time ago, and for the large number of problems which he created to support the British Mathematical Olympiad and international mathematics competitions. We had planned to present him with a UKMT gold medal for his service to maths competitions this year, and he knew this.
Donations in his memory can be made to UKMT and Diabetes UK and a memorial service will be held at 3:15pm on 25 July at Clifton College Chapel, Bristol.
Balkan Mathematical Olympiad results (1 July 2013)
The UK team in the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad in Agros, Cyprus have achieved the following scores (each question marked out of 10), coming 5th out of the participating (member and guest) countries. The medal cut-offs were 31 for gold, 20 for silver and 8 for bronze.