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Calendar and selected news

Calendar overview

See the calendar page for further details and past events. There is also an overview of the dates for the Norwegian science olympiads (updated for 2017/2018).

  • Nordic training camp in Sorø, Denmark
  • The 58th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO 2017) – Rio de Janeiro
  • The first round of the Abel competition – at the schools
  • Baltic Way – Sorø, Denmark
  • The second round of the Abel competition – at the schools
  • The Abel competition finals – NTNU, Trondheim

NMC, EGMO, and IMO 2017

Some news items we have neglected this spring:

The 31st Nordic Mathmematical Contest (NMC 2017) was run on 3 April 2017 in the schhols. Sweden dominated the top of the results list, with the top five places. Björn Magnusson won a a single point before a shared second place. The best Norwegian score was achieved by Marius Stensrud, who got a shared sixth place. The Norwegians did quite well, taking ten out of the top 30 places.

The sixth European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO 2017) was held in Zürich 6–12 April. Anna Lyubarskaja received a bronze medal for her 73rd place among 168 contestants, while Yuting (Samanda) Hu received honourable mention for her solution of Problem 1.

To the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO 2017) Norway sends a team consisting of

  • Andreas Alberg (Fagerborg skole)
  • Amund Skretting Bergset (Asker vgs)
  • Bjørnar Gullikstad Hem (Nadderud vgs)
  • Anna Lyubarskaja (Trondheim katedralskole)
  • Marius Stensrud (Ski vgs)
  • Ole Marius Strøhm (Asker vgs)

Dávid Kunszenti-Kovács and Johannes Kleppe travel as leader and deputy leader, respectively, while Gunnar Alberg travels with the team as an observer. We wish the team luck!

Additionally, we mention that Dávid Kunszenti-Kovács was elected a member of the IMO Advisory Board during last year's IMO.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

The 2017 finals

The finals were held on 7 March at NTNU in Trondheim. Marius Stensrud (Ski vgs) took first place, with 32 points. Anna Lyubarskaja (Trondheim katedralskole) and Fredrik Meringdal (NTG Bærum) shared second place, with 27 points. The prize ceremony was held at Frimurerlogen, where the minister of education, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, presented the prizes. We have a more detailed score board.

The problem set for the finals are available under “Problems” in the menu. The solutions will be made available later; in their current state, they are suitable only for internal use.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

Results from round 2

Donny Tran (Møglestu vgs, 183 points) has taken first place after two rounds of the Abelcompetition, followed by Sigvart Brendberg (Kristen vgs Trøndelag, 177 points), Marius Stensrud (Ski vgs, 175 points), and Oskar Vikhamar-Sandberg (Elvebakken vgs, 172 points).

In the second round there were 363 competitors from 129 schools. The results from the best third – 122 participants – can be found here (in Norwegian). (Those who have not given permission by checking the appropriate box on the answer sheet, are listed as N.N. If you do want your name on the list after all, or if you prefer to be listed as N.N., get in touch, and we will update the list.)

At least the 20 first on the list will be invited to the finals in Trondheim. We usually invite a few more, in order to recruit for international competitions. (Exchange students without Norwegian citizenship or permanent residence in Norway do not qualify for the international competitions.) The exact number will to be invited will be decided upon very soon, after which an invitation email is sent to the finalists.

Below is a list of points and cumulative percentages. For example, those who earned 150 points are among the 2.5 percent best.

190: 0.6% · 162: 0.9% · 160: 1.2% · 157: 1.6% · 153: 1.9% · 152: 2.2% · 150: 2.5% · 146: 2.8% · 145: 3.1% · 142: 3.4% · 141: 3.7% · 133: 4.0% · 129: 4.3% · 128: 5.3% · 126: 5.6% · 124: 5.9% · 123: 6.2% · 122: 6.5% · 121: 7.1% · 120: 8.1% · 119: 8.4% · 118: 8.7% · 115: 9.6% · 114: 10.6% · 112: 10.9% · 111: 11.5% · 110: 12.4% · 106: 12.7% · 105: 14.0% · 104: 15.2% · 103: 16.1% · 102: 17.1% · 101: 17.4% · 100: 19.6% · 99: 19.9% · 98: 20.2% · 97: 20.5% · 96: 20.8% · 95: 22.0% · 94: 23.3% · 93: 23.6% · 92: 24.5% · 91: 26.4% · 90: 28.3% · 89: 29.2% · 88: 29.8% · 87: 30.7% · 86: 32.0% · 85: 34.8% · 84: 36.6% · 83: 37.6% · 82: 39.4% · 81: 41.3% · 80: 44.4% · 79: 44.7% · 78: 45.3% · 77: 46.0% · 76: 46.6% · 75: 50.0% · 74: 51.9% · 73: 55.6% · 72: 56.5% · 71: 59.3% · 70: 65.5% · 68: 66.5% · 67: 68.0% · 66: 68.9% · 65: 72.7% · 64: 73.9% · 63: 74.2% · 62: 75.8% · 61: 78.9% · 60: 86.3% · 59: 87.0% · 58: 87.3% · 56: 88.8% · 55: 91.0% · 54: 93.8% · 53: 94.1% · 52: 94.7% · 51: 95.0% · 50: 100.0%.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,  · updated

Round 2 is over

You can find the problems and the solutions (in Norwegian only) on the “Problems” page

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

Results from Round 1

Update: It has been discovered that the results from Nannestad vgs have not arrived. The results list and the numbers below have now been updated.

The results from Round 1 have been recorded and quality checked. The list of results is now available (updated 22 December).

In total there were 3910 contestants from 224 schools. (That is an increase of 10 % since last year, and the highest number we have had in years.) At least 43 points will be required to go on to round 2, and 31 points to receive a diploma. Corresponding numbers last year were 50 and 38, while the year before that they were 60 and 45. This shows clearly that this year's problems were much too difficult! For my own part, I can only add that I suspected this before we sent out the problems, but by then it was too late to do anything about it.

For you who wish to compare your own result with others': Here is a list of points and cumulative percentages. For example, those who got 26 points are among the top 50.38% of the participants.

92: 0.03% · 88: 0.05% · 87: 0.08% · 85: 0.13% · 83: 0.18% · 80: 0.20% · 78: 0.23% · 77: 0.28% · 76: 0.31% · 75: 0.36% · 74: 0.38% · 73: 0.49% · 72: 0.54% · 71: 0.61% · 70: 0.84% · 69: 0.87% · 68: 0.90% · 67: 0.95% · 66: 1.02% · 65: 1.25% · 64: 1.33% · 63: 1.38% · 62: 1.46% · 61: 1.59% · 60: 1.94% · 59: 2.02% · 58: 2.12% · 57: 2.40% · 56: 2.58% · 55: 3.15% · 54: 3.40% · 53: 3.66% · 52: 3.94% · 51: 4.37% · 50: 5.32% · 49: 5.73% · 48: 6.34% · 47: 6.80% · 46: 7.26% · 45: 8.70% · 44: 9.16% · 43: 10.18% · 42: 11.23% · 41: 12.46% · 40: 14.63% · 39: 15.73% · 38: 17.11% · 37: 18.49% · 36: 20.10% · 35: 24.48% · 34: 26.27% · 33: 28.54% · 32: 30.95% · 31: 33.73% · 30: 39.26% · 29: 41.46% · 28: 44.07% · 27: 47.29% · 26: 50.72% · 25: 57.11% · 24: 60.00% · 23: 63.04% · 22: 66.14% · 21: 69.16% · 20: 76.91%.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen, · updated , and

Baltic Way

Baltic Way 2016 was held November 3 to 7 in Oulu, Finland. Baltic Way is a team competition, in which each team cooperates to solve 20 problems. Poland and St. Petersburg won first place, with Sweden and Lithuania coming third and fourth. The Norwegian team get 10th place.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

Problems and solutions for round 1

The problems and solutions for round 1 can now be found on the problems page (see the menu above).

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,
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