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Round 2 is over

Solutions (and the problems) can be found under the link “Problems” above.

There were 136 online participants in round 2. Now we have to await the answer sheets from those who took part on paper before we can register those results and put together a scoreboard.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

Results after the first round

The incoming results have been properly recorded, at last. In total, there 3456 competing this year. This is a large drop in participation form last year's 4213. We will try to learn about the causes via a questionnaire sometime early next year.

Of the 3456 participants, 2041 used the online version, while 1415 used the paper version of the competition. Surprisingly, 778 competitors (22.5%) chose to be anonymous this year. Perhaps this is due to the increased public awareness of privacy issues, triggered by GDPR.

The scoreboard for the best third is ready (in Norwegian).

As it turns out, 59 points will be neede to qualify for the second round, and 45 points to get a diploma (not 46 as previously stated). These numbers are higher than last year, indicating that we are succeeding in bringing the level of difficulty under control.

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 39 points are among the top 49.04% of the participants.

100: 0.03% · 96: 0.06% · 95: 0.12% · 91: 0.14% · 90: 0.20% · 86: 0.23% · 85: 0.26% · 83: 0.32% · 82: 0.38% · 81: 0.46% · 80: 0.61% · 79: 0.67% · 78: 0.72% · 77: 0.90% · 76: 1.07% · 75: 1.45% · 74: 1.56% · 73: 1.68% · 72: 2.08% · 71: 2.26% · 70: 2.75% · 69: 3.10% · 68: 3.50% · 67: 3.79% · 66: 4.25% · 65: 5.24% · 64: 5.82% · 63: 6.45% · 62: 7.47% · 61: 8.30% · 60: 9.58% · 59: 10.39% · 58: 11.26% · 57: 12.15% · 56: 13.34% · 55: 15.31% · 54: 16.32% · 53: 18.00% · 52: 19.59% · 51: 21.24% · 50: 23.96% · 49: 25.58% · 48: 27.29% · 47: 29.25% · 46: 31.63% · 45: 34.35% · 44: 36.26% · 43: 38.54% · 42: 40.77% · 41: 43.03% · 40: 47.22% · 39: 49.25% · 38: 51.48% · 37: 54.34% · 36: 56.77% · 35: 60.53% · 34: 63.17% · 33: 65.22% · 32: 67.62% · 31: 70.14% · 30: 74.07% · 29: 75.69% · 28: 78.01% · 27: 79.72% · 26: 81.92% · 25: 85.82% · 24: 87.56% · 23: 88.74% · 22: 90.13% · 21: 91.44% · 20: 94.47%.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,  · updated  and

Upcoming changes to the Abel competition

From the fall of 2018, the Norwegian Centre for Mathematics Education will take over much of the practical work associated with the competition. The biggest change is that the competition goes digital. The practical details are still being worked out. More details will appear later. See also the Norwegian version of this announcement, which is a bit more detailed.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

Results from IMO 2017

In the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Norway made 56th place among 107 competing countries. This year's winning country was USA, followed by Russia, China, Ukraina, and Thailand.

Andreas Alberg came in 147th, and Bjørnar Gullikstad Hem in 157th place, among 594 competitors, and won Bronze medals thereby. Additionally, Erik Mingjun Ma received honourable mention for his solution of Problem 1.

In the next four years, IMO will be arranged in the UK (2019), Russia (2020), USA (2021), and then in Norway (2022).

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

The 2018 finals

The finals were held on 7 March at NTNU in Trondheim. Andreas Alberg (Fagerborg skole) gained first place with 38 points. Bjørnar Gullikstad Hem (Nadderud vgs) and Erik Ma (Trondheim katedralskole) got second and third places, with 34 and 31 points. The prize ceremony was held at Frimurerlogen, where the minister of education and integration, Jan Tore Sanner, presented the prizes. We have a more detailed score board.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,
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