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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.

  • The 31st Nordic Mathematical Contest (NMC 2017) – held at the schools
  • The Sixth European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO 2017) – Zürich, Switzerland
  • Nordic training camp in Sorø, Denmark
  • The 58th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO 2017) – Rio de Janeiro

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,

Results from IMO 2016

In the 57th International Mathematics Olympiad in Hong Kong, Norway was ranked 84 among the 109 participating nations. The winning nation was the United States.

Among the Norwegian contestants, best results were achieved by Weronika Wrzos-Kamińska with 15 points, while Marius Stensrud got 11 points. Both received honourable mention for their solutions of Problem 1 – and, for Weronika, Problem 4. Six contestants (three from South Korea, two from the USA, and one from China) shared the first place among the 602 participants. Their score was perfect: 42 points.

The return journey starts Saturday, 16 July, and then IMO is over for now.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

The Norwegian IMO team 2016

The team for IMO 2016 has been selected, with these participants:

  • Alexander Arntzen (Nordahl Grieg vgs)
  • Erik Mingjun Ma (Hoeggen Skole)
  • Bruno Kacper Mlodozeniec (Kristiansand Katedralskole Gimle)
  • Marius Stensrud (Ski vgs)
  • Sondre Sørbø (Lundeneset vgs)
  • Weronika Wrzos-Kaminska (Nadderud vgs)

Dávid Kunszenti-Kovács and Johannes Kleppe travel in their respective capacities as leader and deputy leader. We wish the team luck with the competition this year!

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

NMC and EGMO

The 30th Nordic Mathematical Contest (NMC 2016) was held at the schools on 5 April 2016. There were 85 contestants altogether. Among the Norwegian participants Marius Stensrud (Ski vgs) earned a shared second place, while Weronika Wrzos-Kaminska (Nadderud vgs) achieved 11th place, and Anna Lyubarskaja came in 22nd. David Wärn from Sweden won the contest by a clear margin.

The fifth European Girls' Matehematical Olympiad (EGMO 2016) took place in Bușteni, Romania 10–16 April 2016. Norway was represented by a team of four, and received two bronze medals (Anna Lyubarskaja, Weronika Wrzos-Kaminska).

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

IMO 2020 in Oslo?

A group based at Department of Mathematics at the University of Oslo is working to get IMO 2020 to Norway. This is a big task, both logistically and in economic terms. We keep our fingers crossed, and wish them all luck with the application.

The host countries for the years before 2020 have already been decided.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

The Abel finals 2016

This year's finals are over. Weronika Wrzos-Kaminska (Nadderud vgs) won the competition with 31 points, while Marius Stensrud (Ski vgs) captured the second place, and Bruno Kacper Mlodozeniec (Kristiansand katedralskole Gimle) came third. Roger Antonsen warmed up the audience before the prize ceremony with a lecture on The magical patterns of mathematics, after which Minister of education Torbjørn Røe Isaksen handed out diplomas and prizes to the competitors.

A partial list of results is available. The problems for the finals are available on the problems page (see the menu). The solutions will be made available later. (Update: They are available now.)

Press coverage: Universitetsavisa and Budstikka.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen, · updated and
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