Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society



The results are in from this year's successful SMO on Sunday Aug 21st 2016.

Congratulations Trinity Grammar with taking out the competition with a remarkable 350 points!

We look forward to inviting back the top 5 teams, Trinity Transcedentals, Peking Dux, Pegsponentials, Aussie Home and Mobius Strips to participate in the upcoming UMO!

The questions and answers to the problemos the young math masters answered on Sunday afternoon will be added shortly.

Ranking Points School Team Name
1 350 Trinity Grammar Trinity Transcedentals
2 300 Scotch College Peking Dux
2 300 Penleigh and Essendon Grammar Pegsponentials
4 250 Aussie Home Education Aussie Home
5 230 Caulfield Grammar Mobius Strips
6 200 Fintona Girls Acute Team
6 200 MLC Kew Becos
8 190 Melbourne High School QED and we are done
8 190 Box Hill High Hoax Bills
10 170 Strathmore Secondary College SSCrew
11 160 Trinity Grammar Trinity Tangents
12 140 Caulfield Grammar School Perpendicular Bisectors
12 140 Girton Grammar Arizona Scuba Diving Squad
12 140 Essendon Keilor College π-rates
15 130 McKinnon Secondary College Well Euled Machine
16 120 Alphington Grammar Team AGS
17 110 Fintona Girls Obtuse Team
18 100 Luther College

Flat Earth Society

19 90 Alphington Grammar


19 90 Goulburn Valley Grammar The Pelieens
21 70 Cranbourne East Secondary School Crannies
21 70 University High EBSS+1
21 70 Essendon Keilor College Stop Sines
24 60 Emerald Secondary Emerald
24 60 Bayside College
26 50 Illim College Illim College
27 40 Mt St Joseph Girls College MSJ Mathletes
27 40 Sirius College Shepparton Sirius College Team SCT
27 40 Melbourne Girls Grammar Don't touch my asymptote!
Friday Seminar 26th Aug

Greetings MUMS,

Friday Seminars are back this week!

We are in for a treat this week with A Juggling Guide to Mathematics presented to us by the one and only Dr Anthony Mays.

Abstract: There's something about juggling that has interested scientists for a long time. For instance, Claude Shannon (the father of information theory) was a juggler and unicyclist, he built juggling robots and he came up with the first mathematical juggling theorem. Ron Graham (of Graham's number fame) is also a great juggler and he developed some other theorems. In this talk we'll look at how maths is used to describe and improve juggling, as well how you can use the juggling mathematics to prove some serious mathematical theorems that have nothing to do with juggling.

Come along to hear about this:

Time: 1-2pm

Venue: Old Geology Theatre 1


MUMS committee

AGM news!

So AGM update:

Good job to everyone who was elected to the executive at Tuesday's Annual General Meeting and gracia everyone who came along and took part.

Executive office bearers:

President: Michael Rixon 
Vice-President: James Boon
Secretary: Giles Adams
Treasurer: Dillon Chong 
Education Officer: Jingyi Song 
Publicity Officer: Emma Arrigo 
Paradox editor: Ruwan Devasurendra

Undergrad reps: Matthew Thomas, David Ripper, Samoil Jovanoski
Postgrad rep: Sam Lyons

Special ty to our outgoing executive members especially Tien Huynh, Damian Pavlyshyn and Paul Nyugen for their tremendous effort over the past several years!
You will never be forgotten, legacy continues. 
Pizza was good and hope y'all agreed. Should be a good year ahead for the Melbourne Uni Maths and Stats Society! I hope you can come along on this journey. 
Pls feel free to contact any of us about MUMS ideas or any recommendations :) especially moi (Emma)


Publicity Officer

Past SMOs

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.


A friendly welcome to all starting at the University of Melbourne this year!

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What is MUMS?

The Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society, also known as MUMS, was formed to represent maths and stats students at Melbourne University. We welcome anyone else with an interest in maths or stats. We organise a variety of activities, including seminars, trivia competitions, barbecues and of course the annual Puzzle Hunt and Maths Olympics. We also put out our magazine Paradox at regular intervals.

If you wish to be notified of our events by email, please subscribe to our mailing list.

MUMS has a room in the Richard Berry Building (the home of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics). It is located on the ground floor, opposite the main reception. This room is mainly used socially, and all are welcome to stop by. The MUMS noticeboard is directly outside the room, and lists our upcoming events and seminars.

MUMS is affiliated to the University of Melbourne Student Union. Support from UMSU and from the Department is gratefully acknowledged.

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