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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (12 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521585686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521585682
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.8 x 24.4 cm
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This book contains over 100 challenging problems for pupils aged 11–15, taken from the hugely popular UK Junior Mathematical Olympiad. There are also 60 additional problems in a similar style. The second section of the book consists of detailed comments and hints, whilst the third section gives outline solutions. These high quality, more challenging problems will provide an excellent and invaluable resource for all mathematics teachers.

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This book is an excellent source of practice material for the JMO. The answer section is unusually well thought-out, leading you through the steps but with gaps for you to complete the working-out yourself.

The only slight drawback is that the past papers only go up to 1995 - it would be great if the publisher could bring out a second book.
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The book consists of junior maths olympiad papers from 1989 to 1995. Each paper consists of 16 questions in all. 10 questions in section A and 6 in section B. In addition to these there are 60 practice questions. The book has 162 questions in total. This book is the 2 in the series. The first being Mathematical Challenge. Overall good value for money.
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HASH(0x9490a27c) out of 5 stars Fun problems, but not easy! 23 Mar. 2000
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These math problems are ones that were given in competitions in the UK to adolescents. There is always an "A" part and a "B" part, but the 2nd part is MUCH harder! A good part of the book is that they give hints for if you get stuck. A good book for someone who actually wants to do math and not just read about it.
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HASH(0xa06b4f84) out of 5 stars British mathematical olympiad problems for middle school students. 22 Mar. 2009
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This text contains the problems from the U. K. Junior Mathematical Olympiad from the years 1989 - 1995 and sixty additional problems that were considered for the tests. The problems, which are meant to be done without a calculator, draw upon number sense, estimation, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and combinatorics. To qualify for these competitions, students first had to excel on the U. K. School Mathematics Challenge. Problems from that competition can be found in Gardiner's Mathematical Challenge, which you should work through before attempting the problems in this text. Unless you can handle most of the problems in Mathematical Challenge with ease, you will find working through this book frustrating.

With the exception of the inaugural year of 1989, in which an experimental test of 13 open-ended problems was given, each test is divided into two sections. Section A consists of 10 problems for which a numerical answer is sought. Section B consists of six open-ended problems in which you are expected to justify your answers with some sort of proof. The problems increase in difficulty within each section. The problems in the second section are much more involved than those in the first. The tests are presented in reverse chronological order, presumably because the 1989 examination was harder than those given in succeeding years. Of the 60 additional problems, forty are of the first type and the remainder are of the second type. Answers are given for all the Section A problems. In addition, Gardiner includes sections containing hints and outline solutions for all the problems that appeared on the actual examinations. However, there are no solutions, answers, or even hints for the 20 additional section B problems.

The hints give you suggestions on how to approach a problem. The outline solutions lead you through the solution to a problem, with blanks left where you are expected to fill in the details and with letters of key words such as negative replaced by *'s (so that it looks like *e*a*i*e) in order to force the reader to puzzle out the word. The blanks allow you to work out the details of the problem for yourself. However, I found the use of *'s distracting. Since complete solutions are rarely given, it is not possible to fully check your work for the section B problems. That said, there is sufficient feedback for you to determine whether you are approaching a problem correctly.

American readers will notice differences in terminology (trapezium instead of trapezoid) and notation (what looks like a decimal point actually means multiplication). Readers who have not lived in Britain may encounter occasional difficulties with references to British culture ranging from the mix of English and metric units to the fact that coins come in 1 p, 2 p, 5 p, 10 p, 20 p, and 50 p denominations.

Working through this book is a great way to prepare for middle or high school mathematics contests.
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