** REMINDER: ** The Final round of IrMO is scheduled for

** 10 am
** on Saturday 10 May 2014. There will be two 3-hour papers. Students
who plan to write this exam should show up at AC216 at 9:50am on 10 May.
In addition, any students who have not yet let Jerome Sheahan know of
their intention to write the exam are asked to send an

email message to him by Thursday 8
May.

** REMINDER: ** The local Olympiad Maths exam will be held on Saturday April 5 2014 from 11am to 1:30pm in AC216. Students who decide to write the local Olympiad exam but who find
the
travel distance to Galway to be very inconvenient may write the exam at their homes. Such students should send an

email message
to Jerome Sheahan on the evening of Friday 4th April to declare their intention. He will then email them a copy of the paper at about 10:30am on 5th April, and a copy of the solutions
will be emailed to them at around 3pm that same day (such students can themselves then assess their own performance and decide if they want to write the Irish Olympiad exam).

### When and Where

The **Mathematics Enrichment Course** will be held on the following
Saturdays in 2014 from 11am to 2pm:

- Jan 18 (table quiz fun!)
- Jan 25
- Feb 1
- Feb 8
- Feb 15
- Mar 1
- Mar 8
- Mar 22
- April 5 (local Olympiad)

The location of the sessions will be AC216.
This rooms is located in the Geography area of
the Arts/Science Concourse Building and are quite close to the Bank of
Ireland on campus. Click on the interactive map at
http://www.nuigalway.ie/campus-map/?id=363&go=1.

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.

The first session on 18th January 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
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 5, and the 27^{th} Irish
Mathematical Olympiad (IrMO) final round
contest will be held on a Saturday in May (see 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).

### What is it about?

The theme of the course is mathematical problem solving. This means
creating original deductive arguments to establish mathematical
facts. We will study problems whose solution requires inventive
thinking rather than applying known techniques. While there will be
some mathematical theory introduced, the emphasis will be on solving
problems rather than accumulating theory. Problems
from various areas of mathematics will be discussed, including
geometry, combinatorics,
number theory, graph theory and algebra.
Sessions are run by academic mathematicians from the School of
Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway.
There is no particular
connection to the second level curriculum.

### Who is it for?

Students from the senior cycle of second level (transition year and
above) are invited to attend the Enrichment Course. If you enjoy
mathematics at school, if you enjoy mathematical or logical puzzles,
if you like to find satisfying explanations of mathematical
phenomena, this course might be for you.

### What can I do with it?

You can just enjoy the challenge of mathematical problem solving, if
you like. You can use this course to explore your interest in studying
mathematics at third level at

NUI Galway or
elsewhere, or you can take part in mathematical problem solving
contests.

### For Further Information

Send an

email message
to Jerome Sheahan.