People like to play games. Math lovers do too. That's why there are so many math contests in the world. Math Contest is a great way for students to go meet others that share the same passion. Math contests have origins that predate modern mathematical competitions. In the 16th century mathematicians would challenge each other to solve each others equations. This often led to secrecy and intrigue. One of the first illustrated math contests was a competition between working mathematics via the abacus and using algorithms via Hindu Arabic numerals. (See figure below)
The drive to challenge each other in the mathematical world has been part of human history from the beginning. One of the most exciting and recent mathematical challenges was to solve Fermat’s last theorem. (For any n > 2 there are no solutions in integers to the equation .) It was finally solved in 1995 by British mathematician Andrew Wiles 358 years after it was conjectured.
Today we have quite a lot of mathematical competitions to challenge all levels of mathematicians. Math Zoom is actively involved in math competitions for primary and secondary school students. Our staff has created, participated and directed math competitions used in all levels from fourth grade to high school seniors. We feel participating in math competitions not only strengthens math sills in students but also improves their critical thinking skills which better the student in all respects. We think every student can improve their success in school and in life by participating in math competitions. But we’re also certain that preparation is the key to success. Our goal is to prepare all students to participate in math competitions and thereby become better overall students in everything.