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NUI Galway

Mathematics Enrichment Course 2016-17

The **Mathematics Enrichment Course and related optional assessments** will be held on the following
Saturdays in 2017 from 11am to 2pm; see also note 1 below:

- January 21 (Table quiz fun!)
- January 28 (Enrichment class)
- February 4 (Enrichment class); also EGMO selection test -- see note 2 below
- February 11 (Enrichment class)
- February 18 (Enrichment class)
- March 4 (Enrichment class)
- March 11 (Olympiad exam training)
- March 25 (Olympiad exam training)
- April 1 (Local 2.5 hour Olympiad exam); see note 3 below
- May 6 (Irish Olympiad exam -- two 3-hour papers; see The Irish Mathematical Olympiad (IrMO) site )
- NOTE 1: The dates listed ensure that no classes/tests take place around mid-term break in secondary schools (February 20-24) nor during Easter break in schools (April 10-April 21)
- NOTE 2: February 4 is also the day of the selection test for the team to represent Ireland at the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO); see EGMO 2017 page and IrMO page about EGMO. Ladies who plan to write this test should show up at 11am in the Enrichment training room (see next paragraph for location) and instead of attending the Enrichment class will be taken to a nearby room to write the three-hour EGMO exam.
- NOTE 3: Students who decide to write the local Olympiad exam (e.g. to help them decide if they wish to write the Irish Olympiad exam) will write the exam from their homes (exam paper will be emailed to interested participants just before 11am on April 1 and solutions will be emailed after 1:30pm)

The location of the sessions will be AC216. This room is located in the Geography area of the Arts/Science Concourse Building and is quite close to the Bank of Ireland on campus. Click on the following Interactive Campus Map.

No booking is required to attend any of the classes, and it is not even necessary to have attended the 30th IrMO--Round 1 exam that was held in schools during 14-18 Nov 2016. We do ask parents to ensure that students travel safely, especially those coming from afar.

The sessions are given by highly experienced lecturers from the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway. Since the classes are somewhat independent of each other in content, a student who misses any given session can still follow the ensuing classes. Note that the last two classes (March 11 and March 25) are specifically designed to train students who are interested in Olympiad examinations, and as such the material and delivery in these two classes will be far more advanced than in the earlier sessions!

The first session on 21st January 2017 will consist of problem solving in
which participants will be divided into teams and encouraged to cooperate in
thinking creatively to solve mathematical puzzles that generally require creativity. The
problems are designed to stimulate student interest and logical thought
processes for the sessions that then ensue. A local examination will take
place on April 1 and this might help students decide if they feel
they should attempt the 30^{th} Irish
Mathematical Olympiad (IrMO) final round
contest which will be held on May 6 (two 3-hour papers http://www.irmo.ie.)
Students who have been invited to attend enrichment classes at NUI Galway
should note that they can, if they prefer, attend at a centre geographically
closer to them. Thus for example, students from North Donegal are welcome to
attend at UCD (see
http://www.ucd.ie/mathsciences/eventsoutreach/mathematicalolympiad
for the schedule of UCD's enrichment classes).

School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics

National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland.

Phone: +353 (0)91 492332 (direct) , +353 (0)91 524411 x2332 (switchboard)

Fax: +353 (0)91 494542 Email: Mary.Kelly@nuigalway.ie

This page was last updated Tuesday, December 13

National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland.

Phone: +353 (0)91 492332 (direct) , +353 (0)91 524411 x2332 (switchboard)

Fax: +353 (0)91 494542 Email: Mary.Kelly@nuigalway.ie

This page was last updated Tuesday, December 13