MathsBombe from Manchester

 MathBombeFrom the people behind the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition

MathsBombe – the new maths-based competition aimed at A-level students (but open to all UK students in Year 13 (or equivalent) or below) – started this afternoon.   This is the sister competition to the now well-established `Alan Turing Cryptography Competition’ but aimed at an older group of students and featuring mathematical puzzles.  If you know anybody who would be interested in this then please pass this on (or if you know of any way of promoting the competition that we haven’t thought of then please let us know!). The url is:

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Modelling Camp, Edinburgh, March 21-24, 2016

On 21-24 March 2016, ICMS will host a Modelling Camp.  The 3.5 day
modelling camp has 3 main aims

  • To train students and early career mathematical science researchers to
    engage in study groups and similar activities
  • To offer broader skills training – team-working, coping outside of
    one’s comfort zone, introduction to modelling methodology, report
    writing, and enhancing communication/presentation skills
  • To learn how different branches of mathematics can be applied in
    various industrial settings.
  • The meeting will be structured to maximise time for networking and
    informal discussions.
  • This modelling camp will be held in advance of the 116th Study Group
    with Industry (ESGI), University of Durham, April 2016.

Further details, including funding options, are available on the website
Funding has been secured for a limited number of delegates so early
registration is recommended.

Basic Ratio Capacity May Serve as Building Block for Math Knowledge

Contact: Anna Mikulak
Association for Psychological Science

Understanding fractions is a critical mathematical ability, and yet it’s one that continues to confound a lot of people well into adulthood. New research finds evidence for an innate ratio processing ability that may play a role in determining our aptitude for understanding fractions and other formal mathematical concepts. Continue reading

MIT Primes

From Richard Rusczyk:

Over the last decade, many students have asked us how to get involved in research. To address this need, we are partnering with MIT PRIMES, which has trained many outstanding high school student researchers over the last several years. MIT PRIMES/AoPS CrowdMath will allow mathematically sophisticated high school students to collaborate on unsolved problems under the mentorship of outstanding mathematicians. CrowdMath begins with a series of Resources for students to discuss over the next couple of months. On March 1, we will release the official research problems, which will be based on material students learn while discussing the Resources.

Our goal is to discover new knowledge! Should we succeed, we’ll produce a research paper based on our collective work.

Visit the MIT PRIMES/AoPS CrowdMath pages for more details.