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Hundreds of Vietnamese students join in inaugural US math contest

Update: February, 05/2016 - 10:19
Nearly 700 students from 47 secondary and high schools nationwide took part in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC 10/12) held at Chu Van An High School in Ha Noi this week. — Photo zing.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Nearly 700 students from 47 secondary and high schools nationwide took part in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC 10/12) held at Chu Van An High School in Ha Noi this week.

This is the first time the AMC 10/12 has been held in Viet Nam. It brought together a number of winners from a recent national maths contest for gifted students.

The AMC is a 25-question, 75-minute multiple choice exam designed to help children develop a talent for mathematics through solving challenging problems.

The contestants were allowed to choose between the English and Vietnamese versions of the exam. Their exam papers will be sent back to the US for grading.

The AMC was first launched by the Mathematical Association of America in 1950, Associate Professor Le Anh Vinh, Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Applications at Viet Nam National University's School of Education, said on Monday.

The questions must be solved by applying mathematics to real life situations. These can help create an interest in mathematics and excitement about learning, he added.

About 350,000 students from 6,000 schools in 34 countries around the world participated in the AMC 8, 10 and 12. Some 10,000 of these children are qualified to compete in the next round, the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME).

The Centre for Educational Research and Applications was authorised by the Mathematical Association of America to organise the AMC and AIME from the 2015-2016 school year onward. — VNS

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