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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 (in Norwegian) – for the school year 2019/2020.

  • The first round of the Abel competition – Held at the schools
  • Baltic Way 2019 – Szczecin, Poland
  • The second round of the Abel competition – Held at the schools
  • The Abel competition finals – training camp from · closing

    NTNU, Trondheim

  • The 34th Nordic Mathematical Contest (NMC 2020) – Held at the schools
  • EGMO 2020Netherlands
  • July 2020 IMO 2020 – Russia

Results from IMO 2019

In the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Bath, UK, Norway made 56th place among 112 competing countries. This year's winning countries were China and USA sharing the first place, with South Korea a close third.

Andreas Alberg took 65th place among 621 competitors, which earned him a silver medal. Three more team members received bronze medals, and the remaining two got honourable mention. The is the first time the entire Norwegian team has won a medal or honourable mention in IMO (with the exception of 1984, when the team consisted of one person). We congratulate the team with the good result!

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

NMC and EGMO 2019

The 33rd Nordic Mathematical Contest (NMC) was held at the schools on 1 April. Each of the five Nordic countries is allowed 20 contestants. The Norwegian contestants achieved ranks 3, 7, 8, 27, 28, 28, 28, 35, 40, 46, 46, 54, 59, 61, 61 75, 84, 84 and 84 among 95 contestants. (see the list of the top 26).

In the 8th European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO 2019) in Kyiv, Ukraina, the best Norwegian contestant, Hedvig Margrete Venbakken, achieved a 112th place among 142 contestants from Europen countries (see the scoreboard).

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

Results from the finals

The scoreboard from this year's finals is here. Andreas Alberg (Oslo katedralskole) won, closely followed by Erik Mingjun Ma and Thomas Agung Dibpa Anandita Thrane (both Trondheim katedralskole).

The award ceremony was held at Dokkhuset. State Secretary Rikke Høistad Sjøberg came from the Ministry of Education and Research to hand out the prizes. But first Mike Naylor gave an inspiring talk. Our sponsor PGS awarded a prize, as usual, to the youngest finalist. This year that was Zejia He, Oslo International School.

The Norwegian Centre for Mathematics Education has pictures and more information.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,  · updated

Training camp

The training camp for this year's finals is on. Here is a short video from the first day (one minute; vimeo.com).

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

Selection for the finals

We have the selected the top 26 from the scoreboard to the finals in Trondheim. Invitations have been sent by email.

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,

Results from round 2

Andreas Alberg (Oslo katedralskole, 200 points) has taken first place after two rounds of the Abelcompetition, followed by Thomas Thrane (Trondheim katedralskole, 185 poeng) and Magnus Hellebust Haaland (Fagerlia vgs, 175 poeng).

In the second round there were 326 competitors from 117 schools. The results from the best third – 110 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 “anonymous”. If you do want your name on the list after all, or if you prefer to be anonymous, get in touch, and we will update the list.)

By Harald Hanche-Olsen,  · updated

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 2018

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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