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Math Contests - Spirit of Math Schools

SPIRIT OF MATH’S EXTERNAL CONTESTS SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION

Math Contests and Competitions are a fun challenge for students to apply their knowledge and see how they stand in comparison to their peers nationally and/or internationally. Spirit of Math is hosting numerous external math contests at select Eastern Region SoM Campuses. Below, we have provided a link to our External Contests Schedule & Registration chart.

Contests Schedule & Registration:

Math Contests and Competitions are open to all and may require an entry fee, see External Contests Schedule & Registration chart for details.

Spirit of Math’s External Contests Schedule and Registration chart by campus. Register your child today!

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Getting Prepared:

Math Contests and Competitions are a great way for students to learn how to face a challenge, test their level of skills and to have some math fun.

The best way to prepare for any math contest or competition is to practice solving as many problems as possible in the weeks leading up to a contest or competition.

Download our Contest Tips and Sample Contest Questions for students in grades 3 to 8.

External Math Contests Descriptions:

COMC – Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge

The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) is Canada’s premier national mathematics competition that is open to any student with an interest in and grasp of high school math. The purpose of the COMC is to encourage students to explore, discover, and learn more about mathematics and problem solving. The competition serves to provide teachers with a unique student enrichment activity during the fall term. Approximately the top 50 students from the COMC will be invited to write the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO). Students who excel in the CMO will have the opportunity to be selected as part of Math Team Canada — a small team of students who travel to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Depending on grade level and performance, students participating in the COMC can also have opportunities to garner awards, to win prizes, to be considered for scholarships, and to get invited to camps. The contest is scheduled on Thursday November 2 from 9am – 11:30pm. Registration costs CAD$15.00 per student in Canada. The contestants will require to miss part of the school day.

MATHEMATICA

Since 1990, more than 1 000 000 students in Canada and the United States have participated in the Mathematica Contest and it is our hope that your child will participate this year. The contest is held on Wednesday April 18, 2018 at different Spirit of Math Schools campuses. For the contest, students scoring over the national average will receive the certificate of distinction, while all other students will receive the certificate of participation. A medal will be awarded to the champion of the contest. National plaques will be awarded to schools ranked in the first, second, and third places in Canada. Provincial plaques will be awarded to school provincial champions. Students who rank in the first, second, and third places in Canada will receive a medal resembling the Fields medal, the medal awarded to the greatest mathematicians in the world, that will have the student’s name inscribed on the back. Provincial champions will receive the same medal. Each student participating in the Pythagoras, Euler and Lagrange who gets a perfect score will receive a US$250 merit scholarship to attend the international MathPath camp. Additionally, both national and provincial honour rolls for the best students and schools will be published online in June 2018. Note: The contestants will require to miss part of the school day on the contest day.

CNML – Canadian National Math League

CNML 5 is a 30-minute Contest consisting of 30 math problem solving questions. The contest is held on a Friday after April 15th, 2018 at different Spirit of Math Schools Campuses. This is a multiple-choice contest, and the contestants may use a calculator in the contest. Contestants will be invited to write the contest after school. Note: Parents are required to sign the consent form to attest to the fact that the day school the student attends is NOT participating the contest he or she is taking with Spirit of Math Schools. The consent form is available at any Spirit of Math Schools campuses.

CNML 6, 7, 8 is a 30-minute Contest consisting of 35 math problem solving questions. The contest is held on the third or the fourth Friday in February at different Spirit of Math Schools Campuses. This is a multiple-choice contest, and the contestants may use a calculator in the contest. CNML 6: Contestants must be in Grade 6 or below and only participate in either CNML 6 OR CNML 7. CNML 7: Contestants must be in Grade 7 or below and only participate in either CNML 6 OR CNML 7. CNML 8: Contestants must be in Grade 8 or below and only participate in one of the CNML 6, 7, 8. Contestants will be invited to write the contest after school. Parents are required to sign the consent form to attest to the fact that the day school the student attends is NOT participating the contest he or she is taking with Spirit of Math Schools. The consent form is available at any Spirit of Math Schools campuses.

CEMC – University of Waterloo

Gauss – Grade 7, 8

The Gauss Contests are an opportunity for students to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem solving ability. Grade 7, Grade 8 and interested students from the lower grades are welcome to participate in this contest. This is a 60-minute contest consisting of 25 multiple-choice questions. The contest is scheduled on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in the morning, so the contestants will require to miss part of the school day. Most calculators are allowed in the contest.

Pascal, Cayley, Fermat – Grade 9, 10, 11

The Pascal, Cayley and Fermat Contests are an opportunity for students to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem solving ability. Early questions require only concepts found in the curriculum common to all provinces. The last few questions are designed to test ingenuity and insight. Rather than testing content, most of the contest problems test logical thinking and mathematical problem solving. Students in Grade 9 or under are eligible to write the Pascal Contest, students in Grade 10 or under are eligible to write the Cayley Contest, and students in Grade 11 or under are eligible to write the Fermat Contest. It is a 60-minute contest consisting of 25 multiple-choice questions. The contest is scheduled on Tuesday February 27, 2018 in the morning, so the contestants will require to miss part of the school day. Most calculators are permitted in the contest.

Fryer, Galois, Hypatia – Grade 9, 10, 11

The Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Math Contests are an opportunity for students to write a full-solution contest. They are fun way to develop mathematical problem-solving skills through a written mathematical activity. Questions are based on curriculum common to all Canadian provinces. Rather than testing content, most of the contest problems test logical thinking and mathematical problem solving. Students in Grade 9 or below are eligible to write the Fryer Contest, students in Grade 10 or below are eligible to write the Galois Contest and students in Grade 11 or below are eligible to write the Hypatia Contest. It is a 75-minute contest consisting of 4 questions. Some questions require a full solution and marks are assigned for form and style of presentation. The contest is scheduled on Thursday, April 12, 2018 in the morning, so the contestants will require to miss part of the school day. Most calculators are permitted in the contest.

Euclid – Grade 12

The Euclid Mathematics Contest is an opportunity for students to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem-solving ability. Most of the problems are based on the mathematical curriculum up to and including the final year of secondary school. Motivated students in lower grades are also welcomed to participate. The paper may include questions based on the topic listed below: • Euclidean and analytic geometry • Trigonometry, including functions, graphs, identities, sine and cosine laws • Exponential and logarithmic functions • Functional notation • Systems of equations • Polynomials, including relationships involving the roots of quadratic and cubic equations, the remainder theorem • Sequences and series • Simple counting problems. The contest is 2 ½ hours in length, consists of 10 questions, each worth 10, for a total of 100. Questions are divided into answers only and full solutions parts. Contestants are reminded that marks for the full solution questions are assigned for form and style of presentation, as well as for answers. A poorly presented solution will not receive full marks. The contest is scheduled on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in the morning, so the contestants will require to miss part of the school day. Most Calculators are permitted in the contest.

WMO – World Mathematical Olympiad

More information about this contest will be released soon.

Spirit of Math Contests 

Spirit of Math offers an annual math contest for students in Grades 1 to 4. Students do not need to be enrolled in the Spirit of Math program to participate. Our contests kick off on Feb. 25, 2018 and run through to March 4, 2018. Get in touch with your Campus Director to learn more and to get started.

Spirit of Math Contest Results 2016-2017 

The 2017 Spirit of Math Contests took place from February 25 to March 3, 2017. Congratulations to all who participated!

Results of our 2016-2017 contests are available. You may download a copy of the standings. Spirit of Math congratulates every one of the more than 1,294 participants who wrote the external and internal Math Contest from grades 1-11! Download 2016-2017 Results.

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