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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:
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 30th 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).