Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society

Welcome back to a great semester 2, 2016 at the University of Melbourne!
Dear all members of the University of Melbourne Mathematics and Statistics Society.

Welcome back!
I hope that you are all well and have chosen some interesting but not too intense maths and stats subjects :)

I am excited to inform you all that next Tuesday the 2nd of August, the Maths and Stats Society will be holding our constitutional Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Here are the details.

TIme: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Date: Tuesday the 2nd of August, 2016
Venue: Old Geology Theatre 2

I encourage everyone interested in maths and stats to come on down and
vote and/or run for committee whilst indulging in some delicious Pronto
pizza :D

It's a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, eat free pizza, drink
free soft drink and have your say on the future of the maths and stats

I look forward to seeing you there!

Michael Rixon
Officially MUMS Publicity Officer
Acting MUMS President
Friday Seminars

MUMS holds seminars throughout the year on a wide variety of topics that are mathematically related. During semester, these are usually held at 1-2pm on Fridays in the Latham Theatre of the Redmond Barry Building.

Title: Introduction to Topological Data Analysis

Date: Friday 20 May, 1-2pm

Location: Latham Theatre Redmond Barry

Presenter: Dr Marcy Robertson


How does one distinguish noise from good data? While this subject sounds like a question best asked by a statistician, it is actually well addressed by pure mathematics, specifically through the tools of algebraic topology. In this talk we describe a few of the elementary tools from algebraic topology, better know as "persistent homology," which are being used in data science.

Got something more you want to explore?

Then come on over to the MUMS room after the seminar to discuss and learn more cool Maths over some light refreshments!

Tutors in Demand!
Go to the resources folder over on the left hand side. Click on it and click the tutors link to find that special someone who will bring our your inner mathematician!
AGM news!

Congrats to everyone who was elected to the executive at Tuesday's Annual General Meeting and thank-you to everyone who came along and took part.

Here are the Executive office bearers:

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

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

Special thanks to our outgoing executive members especially Tien Huynh, Damian Pavlyshyn and Paul Nyugen for their tremendous effort over the past several years!
Great work guys!!! Your legacies live on!
I hope you enjoyed the pizza and I look forward to a great year ahead for the Melbourne Uni Maths and Stats Society!
Message me or other members of the executive to have your say on the future of the MUMS society.

Thanks :)

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.

To contact or enquire about MUMS, you are welcome to email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .