Senior Team Maths Challenge Regional Finals
On the 11th November 2019, four A-level Maths students took part in the Regional Finals of the Senior Team Maths Challenge, which this year took place at John Colet School in Wendover. This is a national competition held by the UK Mathematics Trust, where each team partakes in multiple rounds of problem-solving based challenges.
Tring Park students write:
Following a short practice session to familiarise ourselves with the style of the competition, we felt confident in our ability to work cohesively. Our team consisted of two lower and two upper sixth students (Max Burton, Hamish Ogilvy, Phoebe Cowhig & Georgia Patel). The opportunity to work with students of different age groups was rewarding, both in terms of improving our maths skills across a range of topics and creating an enthusiastic team atmosphere. The nature of the questions meant that we were challenged to think outside the box, and apply our maths knowledge to many unfamiliar situations. For instance, one round involved splitting into pairs to solve a ‘CrossNumber’ – a crossword of numbers.
The other rounds combined group work alongside individual thinking; in order to do well we had to apply a strategic approach which allowed us all to utilise our strengths as mathematicians. We encountered geometry, algebra, calculus and statistics as well as types of problems we had never seen before, and overall, the experience was greatly enjoyable and beneficial to our A-level studies.
Against the several other schools competing, all of which were purely academic, we were placed in the top eight teams – we would recommend this to any A-level mathematicians who enjoy a challenge and the chance to go beyond the specification. We wish the best of luck to any future teams!