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Preface vi,Contest Problem Types viii,Introduction 1. For All Readers,1 How to Use This Book 2,2 Why We Study Problem Solving 3. 3 Characteristics of Good Problems 4,4 What Every Young Mathlete Should Know 5. 5 Some Common Strategies for Solving Problems 10,6 Selecting Problems for a Purpose 11. 7 Attempting to Solve a Problem 12,8 Solving Problems in a Contest Setting 13.
For the PICO Person In Charge of Olympiad,9 Why We Teach Problem Solving 14. 10 Why Should We Do APSMO Contests 15,11 Building a Program 16. 12 Conducting Practice Sessions 18,13 Conducting Practices After Each Contest 19. 14 Topping Off the Year 20,Olympiad Problems Division J Sets 1 8 23. Olympiad Problems Division S Sets 9 16 65,Division J 108.
Division S 116,Answers 125,Division J 126,Division S 128. Solutions Strategies and Follow Ups 131,Division J 132. Division S 213,Preface to Australian Edition, Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads APSMO Inc is proud to be affiliated. with Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools MOEMS. APSMO has been providing Mathematical Olympiads to schools throughout Australia and New. Zealand since 1987 Our annual interschool Olympiads are held five times a year between. May and September There are two Divisions in the Olympiads Division J for students up to. 12 years of age and in school Year 6 or below and Division S for students up to 14 years of. age and in school Year 8 or below, This book is the third volume to Maths Olympiad Contest Problems for Primary and Middle. Schools Australian Edition containing the past Olympiad questions from APSMO Olympiads. held between 2006 and 2013 It is an excellent resource good for review and practice of problem. solving and working mathematically techniques, We take this opportunity to thank MOEMS for permission to reprint this text with the following.
modifications,Australian spelling, Changes in nomenclature such as imperial to decimal measurements American coinage. to Australian coinage, All Olympiad questions remain true to the original In certain situations the answers may. differ to the original answers however all care has been taken to ensure that the purpose. and solution methods remain unchanged Consequently we have continued to use 1c. and 2c coins although they are no longer in use in Australia. Where it was not possible to change a question without altering the solution methods or. intention of the question a note has been included within the question text as clarification. for students For example Note There are 3 feet in 1 yard. Thank you to Dr Heather McMaster lecturer in mathematics education at the University of. Sydney for her valuable assistance in reviewing the alterations and ensuring that the modified. questions contained within this text are correct and suitable for Australian students. Jonathan Phegan,March 2015,Maths Olympiad Contest Problems Volume 3. Contest Problem Types, Many but not all contest problems can be categorised This is useful if you choose to work with. several related problems even if they involve different concepts. KEY problems are organised by type and are coded by page number and problem. placement on that page For example Long division 36BD 84A 165E refers. to four questions each involving long division problems B and D on page 36. problem A on page 84 and problem E on page 165, Note Pages 24 64 refer to Division J contest problems and pages 66 106 refer to Division S.
contest problems Each Follow Up problem is located after a model solution to a contest problem. is related conceptually to it and usually extends or expands an aspect of it. Addition patterns see Patterns,Age problems 30C 31B 34E. Algebraic thinking 24A 28C 29B 30C 31A 34B 35A 43AE 46B 47B 49D 50AD. 51A 52A 54B 55C 56D 57B 58C 61A 68A 70C 72A 74A 75E 77B 78A 79B. 83C 84B 85AD 87BC 90AD 92C 95B 97B 98BE 99C 100B 101C 103B 105AC. Also see Digit problems Coin problems Age problems. Alphanumeric problems see Cryptarithms,Angles 87A 93E 100D 104BD 105E. Area 24C 26C 28C 30D 31C 35D 38D 40D 46D 60E 62D 66E 75D 77D 78D. 79BE 83E 91E 95C 96C 102B 103E, and perimeter 25D 29D 36C 39C 45D 53C 55D 56E 71D 76C 78D 79D. Also see Circles and area, Arithmetic sequences and series see Sequences and Series. Also see Patterns,Averages arithmetic means see Statistics.
Binary numbers, Business problems 28D 46B 47B 52A 58B 73D 74C 75A 85A 87E 95B 104C 105A. Calendars 26A 32A 37A 102A,Also see Cycling numbers Remainders. Certainty problems 24E 43D 44C,Circles 30A 59E 72B. and area 69D 70D 74E 75D 79E 88D 89C 94D 100E,Circumference 68E. Clock problems 44D 51C 74B 93E,Coin problems 29E 36B 41B 42A 71C 91B.
Combinations,Common multiples see Multiples,Congruent figures. Consecutive numbers 25E 29B 33A 57B 66A 70B 76E 82C 84D 89B 93A 101B. Consecutive odd or even numbers 25C 48E 78E 79B 97C. Coordinates see Graphs, Cryptarithms 24B 32B 37E 43C 45A 54E 56C 57D 60B 61E 67A 77C 79A 89D. Cubes and rectangular solids 44E 47E 48D 77A 82E 83E. Painted cube problems 27D 40E 57E 97D 101E,Cubic numbers see Square and cube numbers. Cycling numbers 27A 30A 41E 49A 55B 66D 73A 92D 100C 105B. Also see Calendars Remainders,Decimals see Fractions. Digit problems 25AE 32E 33C 35E 39D 44D 46D 49B 56A 70E 73B 81B 83B. 84D 88A 95A 99ACD,Also see Cryptarithms Divisibility.
Distance problems see Motion problems,Distributive property 44A 60A 81C 83D 87B 99B. Divisibility 27E 39B 41A 46E 57D 58A 77C,Also see Factors Multiples Cycling numbers. Draw a diagram 27A 30B 31C 32D 33B 35B 37BC 38D 41C 42CE 43A 46CD. 47C 49E 50D 51D 52BE 54D 55C 59E 61D 62E 70A 72B 75D 78B 86D 88D. 90E 91E 94ACE 96C 97D 100D 101CE 103AE 104AD,Also see Graphs. Even vs odd numbers see Parity,Exponents 41E 83B 88B 100C. Factorials 88B 98E, Factors 24D 31AE 33C 35C 42D 46E 67D 69B 71E 75B 91D.
Common Factors 45D 83A,Also see Divisibility Multiples. Fractions decimals percents 27B 28B 31D 37C 50D 52D 58BE 62E 63A 66D. 67DE 68D 69A 70C 71E 73D 74D 77B 79C 80A 82A 83CD 87BE 88E 90BD. 92A 93C 95C 97B 97E 99B 102E 104E 105D,Also see ratios and proportions. Maths Olympiad Contest Problems Volume 3, Graphs 82B 84C 85C 86E 89E 93D 95E 98D 101C 103E 104A. Logic 28A 29C 30B 33E 35B 36A 40A 52B 53B 63D 66C 67C 81A 94A 96E. Least Common Multiple see Multiples,Magic Squares 25C 56B 85E. Mean Median Mode see Statistics,Memorable problems.
Border Problem the 26D,Clover Problem the 53E,Fence Post Problem 70A. Funny Numbers 35C,Palimage Problem the 25A,Three Intersecting Figures 32D. Traffic Flow 68D,Turnover Card Problem the 43D,Twinners 45B. Up and down numbers 77E, Motion problems 37D 47C 51E 66B 74B 76D 79C 80D 84C 100D 102D. Multiples 39E 42D 48C 49B 50B 60D 76E 86C 89B,Common multiples 27B 38C 40B 47D 51B 68C 81C.
Also see Divisibility Factors,Number patterns see Patterns. Number sense 28E 29A 31A 34AD 37B 38A 39A 44A 45A 48A 53AB 54AC. 55A 59AB 62A 71A 76A 86AC 88A 89A 91A 93B 96A 97A 101A. Also see Cryptarithms,Odd vs even numbers see Parity. Order of operations 44A 60A, Organising data 29B 32C 34C 42B 43D 44D 45C 47B 49E 52E 53D 54D 57A. 59D 60D 61BCD 67B 72D 77E 81E 82D 94E 95D 96E 104B. Painted cube problems see Cubes and rectangular solids. Palindromes 42D, Parity odd vs even numbers 27E 31E 32C 41E 47D 49D 50E 51B 56D 57D 62C. 67A 75C 76E 78C 80D 85B 86C 93D 95E,Paths 44E 47B 52E 76B 82D 93D 95E 99D 104A.
Patterns 37B 75C 82C 97C 99B 103D 105E,Also see Sequences and series Triangular numbers. Per cent see Fractions decimals percents,Perfect squares see Square numbers. Perimeter 41C 42E 47E 51D 58D 84B 89C 92C,Also see Area and perimeter. Prime numbers 31E 39BD 42AD 44C 45B 46E 52C 57C 62C 67D 78C 81B 85B. 88B 91D 98C 99E 102C, Probability 26E 32C 36E 45C 68C 80C 82D 88C 99E 103C. Process of Elimination 28A 29C 50C 53B 56BC 59BC 61E 63B. Proportions see Ratios and proportions, Ratios and proportions 25B 41D 46C 60C 72C 73E 75A 85C 86D 95C 98D 101C.
Rectangles and squares 24C 28C 30D 31C 36C 38E 39C 40D 41C 51D 55D 56E. 58D 59C 60E 61C 66E 70D 71D 73E 77D 78D 79B 80B 82E 84B 88D 89E. Rectangular solids see Cubes and rectangular solids. Remainders 27E 31B 37C 40B 47D 49A 71B 72E 101B,Also see Calendars and Remainders. Sequences and series 26C 33D 36D 38E 43B 44C 62B 75C 78E 81B 87D 105B. Also see Patterns,Shortest paths see Paths,Signed numbers 75E 84A 90C 91C 92D 94C 102C 105BC. Squares see Rectangles and squares, Square and cube numbers 39C 39D 43E 55D 57C 68B 70B 75B 78E 79B 80E. 82A 84E 86B,Square roots 92E 98B, Statistics 26B 33B 40C 48E 49C 57B 73C 79D 80A 81D 91B 94B 100B 101D. Weighted Averages 63C 69C 74C 76D, Tables 24D 25E 27C 28AD 29E 30CE 33C 34CE 35E 36BD 38BC 41B 42BC.
43A 44D 45E 46B 48C 49D 50E 53D 54BC 55E 56D 58C 61B 62B 63CD. 67AC 68A 70CE 71BC 72E 75C 76DE 78C 83CD 84D 85D 86D 87D 89BD. 90D 91D 95AB 97C 98C 102CD 103D 105AE,Taxicab geometry see Paths. Tests of divisibility see Divisibility,Tower problems 42C 63E. Maths Olympiad Contest Problems Volume 3, Triangles 24C 38D 54D 56E 66E 69D 72D 78D 81E 89E 91E 92C 94E 95C. Triangular numbers 37B,Venn diagrams 61D 69E,Volume 48D 82E 90E. Working backwards 37C 45E 47A 50E 51A 55E 69A 92B,Weighted averages see Statistics.
Introduction,Introduction,For the Reader, This book was written for both the participants in the Australasian Problem Solving. Mathematical Olympiads and their advisors It is suitable for mathletes who wish to prepare. well for the contests students who wish to develop higher order thinking and teachers who. wish to develop more capable students All problems were designed to help students develop. the ability to think mathematically rather than to teach more advanced or unusual topics. While a few problems can be solved using algebra nearly all problems can be solved by. other more elementary methods In other words the fun is in devising non technical ways. to solve each problem, The 400 Math Olympiad contest problems contained in this book are organised into 16 sets. of five contests each Every set represents one year s competition The first eight sets were. created for Division J for students in years 4 6 and the other eight for Division S for students. in years 7 8 These problems exhibit varying degrees of difficulty and were written for contests. from 2006 to 2013 inclusive, The introduction is arranged into three parts Sections 1 through to 5 written for all readers. contain discussions of problem solving in general Sections 6 through to 8 offer many. suggestions for getting the most out of this book Sections 9 through to 14 designed for the. advisor called the Person In Charge of the Olympiads PICO include recommendations. related to the various aspects of organising a Maths Olympiad program. Introduction,2 Why We Study Problem Solving, Most people including children love puzzles and games It is fun to test ourselves against. challenges The continuing popularity of crossword jigsaw and sudoku puzzles as well as. of board card and video games attests to this facet of human nature. Problem solving builds on this foundation A good problem is engaging in both senses of the. word Child or adult we readily accept the challenge wanting to prove to ourselves that I. can do this To many of us a problem is fun more than it is work A good problem captures. our interest and once you have our interest you have our intelligence. A good problem contains within it the promise of the thrill of discovery that magic Aha. moment It promises that deep satisfaction if we solve it of knowing we ve accomplished. something It promises growth the realisation that we will know more today than we did. yesterday It speaks to our universal desire for mastery Babies reach continually for their toes. until they succeed in grasping them Toddlers fall continually until they succeed in walking. Children swing continually at a baseball until they succeed in hitting it frequently A good. problem promises us many things all of them worthwhile. The history of mathematics is a history of problem solving efforts. It is said that perhaps all mathematics evolved as the result of problem solving Often one. person challenged another or perhaps himself to handle an unexpected question Sometimes. the solution extended the range of knowledge in a well known field or even led to the creation. of a new field, Very little of the knowledge we have today is likely to have developed in the way we study it.
What we see in many books is the distilled material whose elegant economical organisation. and presentation obscure the struggling and false starts that went into polishing it That which. grabbed and held the imagination has been scrubbed out. A typical example of this is high school geometry The ancient Greek mathematicians. enjoyed challenging each other Alpha would ask Beta to find a way to perform a specific. construction using only a straightedge and a pair of collapsible compasses But it wasn t. enough for Beta to merely create a method He also had to convince Alpha that his method. would always work Thus proofs were born as a result of problem solving Slowly the Greeks. built up a whole body of knowledge Euclid s genius was in collecting all the properties into. Maths Olympiad Contest Problems Volume 3 Pages 24 64 refer to Division J contest problems and pages The 400 Math Olympiad contest problems contained in this

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