Nov 22, 2021

University of Cape Town - Mathematics Competition

  • Santiago Trujillo Zuluaga
  • South Africa

Description

The UCT Mathematics Competition is an annual event which began in a local school in 1977, and moved to UCT in 1980. It currently attracts about 7500 entries from 170 schools in the Western Cape.

The objectives of the competition are:

  • to popularise mathematics
  • to raise awareness among both students and teachers that mathematics is a subject that is enjoyable and accessible to everybody
  • to identify promising students and offer them opportunities for further development of their mathematical talents
  • to attract students to study mathematics at UCT.

Prizes, Trophies and Awards

The top ten individuals and top three pairs in each grade win Gold Awards and calculators or watches donated by Casio.

If a school does not qualify for a Gold Award, but has entered at least ten individuals, it qualifies for a School Award, a book donated by Oxford University Press. The School Prize is awarded to the individual with the highest ranking (in any grade) in the school.

These prizes, and several trophies for individual and school achievement, are awarded at a Prize Giving in late May or early June.

Merit Awards are won by the top 200 individuals and top 100 pairs in each grade. All other contestants receive Certificates of Participation. Full results and appropriate certificates are sent to schools after the Prize Giving.

The UCT Mathematics Challenge and Olympiad

The top achievers in the Competition are invited to take part in a second round, the UCT Mathematics Challenge. This is written in two divisions, Junior (grades 8 and 9) and Senior (grades 10, 11 and 12). The papers require only numerical answers.

The top achievers in the Challenge are invited to take part in a third and final round, the UCT Mathematics Olympiad. The Junior and Senior papers consist of six problems, for which full solutions are required.

How it works

Five question papers are set, one for each grade. The papers are multiple-choice, consisting of thirty questions, ranging from very easy to rather difficult.

The papers are written on the University of Cape Town campus on an evening in April. Pairs and individuals write the same paper, but their results are graded separately.

Sponsors in 2017

The Old Mutual, Aurecon, Casio, Oxford University Press, j5 International, SAASTA.

Host

The University of Cape Town

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Application Deadline

January 31, 2022

Age Range

12-17

Competitiveness

Mathematics

Problem-Solving

Critical Thinking

Reasoning

Communication skills

Participation Cost

Free

Application Process Includes

Entry requirements

All high schools in the Western Cape are invited to participate. Each school may enter five individuals and five pairs in each grade (8 to 12). Entries by schools is done online.

Online entries will open on Monday 31 January 2022.

For enquiries:

Anthea Willis-Thomas

Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics

University of Cape Town

Tel: 021 650 3192/3

Email: anthea.willis-thomas@uct.ac.za

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