Senior maths challenge at Oakmeeds

Senior maths challenge at Oakmeeds SUS-141218-100343001
Senior maths challenge at Oakmeeds SUS-141218-100343001

On Thursday 6th November 15 Oakmeeds students from Years 10 and 11 took part in the Senior Mathematics Challenge.

The Challenge is a nationwide competition organised by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT). The Senior Challenge is aimed at all 16-19 year olds studying mathematics. Students take part individually answering 25 challenging and unusual mathematics questions in 90 minutes.

The top 60% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate.

Top performing students are then invited to take part in follow on rounds and the very best can represent their country in the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Mrs Anna Jones, Maths Teacher, organised the event at Oakmeeds and said: “It was great to see some of our most able mathematicians in KS4 tackling these really challenging problems.”

Example questions;

“After I had spent 1/5 of my money and then spent 1/4 of what was left, I had £15 remaining. How much did I start with?”

a) £25 b) £75 c) £100 d) £135 e) £300

“An oil tanker is 100km due north of a cruise liner. The tanker sails SE at a speed of 20km per hour and the liner sails NW at a speed of 10km per hour. What is the shortest distance between the two boats during the subsequent motion?”

a) 100km b) 80km c) 50√2km d) 60km e) 33⅓km

Report and picture contributed by Oakmeeds Community College.