Schools Maths Olympics (SMO)
Each year, as part of the University of Melbourne’s Open Day, MUMS holds an event called the Schools Maths Olympics (SMO). This competition provides an excellent opportunity for students to apply problem-solving skills whilst enjoying themselves. It is also a good opportunity for the students to learn more about the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the University as a whole.
In the SMO, teams of students from secondary schools compete in an exciting and fast-moving event that combines physical and intellectual elements, in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. The problems are based more on lateral thinking than manual calculation, and require no knowledge of mathematics above Year 10 level. As such, a high school student of any year level with a talent for problem solving is suitable for this competition. Further information may be found at:
Prizes will be awarded to the highest scoring teams. The top five finishing teams will be invited to compete in the University Maths Olympics, a similar event held for university students and lecturers.
This year the SMO will be held from 12:00pm to 1:30pm on Sunday 16th August in JH Mitchell Theatre, Richard Berry Building at the University of Melbourne. Registration for the event is at 11:30am. It is not necessary for students to wear school uniform.
We invite you to form a team of five interested students and return the enclosed entry form. Once we receive your entry form we will send you an email confirming your entry, along with extra information (including a map) and payment methods and details. The entry fee is $25 per team and the closing date is Wednesday 6th August. We strongly encourage you to enter as soon as possible, as past years show that places do go quickly. If you have any problems or questions, please contact us via the details provided at the bottom of this page.
Here is an archive of some of the past Schools Maths Olympics. Results, question and answers are available for most years.
Note: Some of the files below are in PDF format. You can download the Adobe Acrobat Reader from here. Please note: if you get the error "An internal error has occured" whilst viewing any of these PDF documents, try saving them before opening.
2014 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 17 August
2013 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 18 August
2012 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 19 August
2011 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 21 August
2010 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 15 August
2009 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 16 August
2008 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 17 August
2007 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 19 August
2006 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 20 August
2005 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 21 August
2004 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 22 August
2003 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 17 August
2002 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 18 August
2001 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 19 August
2000 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 20 August
1999 Schools Maths Olympics - Sunday 15 August
This is the first year that the Schools Maths Olympics were held. Previously, school teams could enter the University Maths Olympics directly. However, by separating the Olympics into two events, we have encouraged greater involvement from schools by being able to include more of them, and by using maths problems specifically tailored to their level. Needless to say, the Schools Maths Olympics gave many high school students a look at Melbourne Uni life in a somewhat different perspective!
The best school teams qualified for entry to the University Maths Olympics on 13 September 1999.
Thanks must go to Philip Swedosh for hosting the event with his undeniable wit and also to Tony Wirth and Chaitanya Rao for doing much of the organization.