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Math Contests at University of Waterloo

Math Contests at University of Waterloo
Focus: Math and Science
Opportunity Type: Competition
Location: Schools across Canada
Student Grade: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Available to students from: All Provinces/Territories
Time of year: During School
Prerequisites: N/A
Cost: Varies
Application Deadline: Winter, Spring 2008

The University of Waterloo offers perhaps the best known series of two mathematics contests for Canadian students in each of the grades 9, 10, and 11. These contests are all named after dead mathematicians and come in two flavors, multiple choice and written response. The first contests, are called the Pascal, Cayley, and Fermat respectively for grades 9, 10, and 11. These 25-question contests are open to anyone of the corresponding or of a lower grade, and are marked on a scale of 150 with penalties for guessing. The subsequent contests, the Fryer, Galois, and Hypatia, are geared towards the top 25% of scorers in the previous contests. These are scored on a scale of 0-40 and are composed of 4 written questions. Individuals who perform well on these contests will be recognized on an honor roll, be awarded plaques and cash prizes, and may be invited to a mathematics conference held at the University of Waterloo.

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