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The Alberta High School Math Competitions 1957-2006: A Canadian Problem Book

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A book by Andy Liu

Although there were some older contests in the Maritime region and in Lower and Upper Canada, the Alberta High School Mathematics Competition was the first and oldest in Canada to be run on a provincial scale. Started in 1957, the competition recently … see full wiki

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Author: Andy Liu
Genre: Entertainment
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
1 review about The Alberta High School Math Competitions...

A great source of challenging problems for high school students

  • Dec 19, 2010
If I were teaching high school mathematics, this book would be one of the prime sources for problems on my exams. While no exam would contain only problems from this book, a few of these problems on the test would be sufficiently challenging and expand the mathematical thought processes of the students.
As the title implies, there has been a high school mathematics competition in the Alberta province of Canada since 1957 and this book is the complete collection of problems used in those competitions through 2006 as well as the solutions. In what is only partially a joke, the years of coverage are split into three periods:

*) Ancient period: 1957-1966
*) Medieval period: 1967-1983
*) Modern period: 1983-2006

The level of difficulty of the problems does not change all that much, the differences are in form and the structure of the contests. Multiple-choice questions appear for the first time in 1967 and the contest was expanded into two rounds starting in 1983. Statistics depicting the response rate as well as the numbers of correct answers are also included.
In teaching mathematics, one can never have a problem pool that is too large, however, for teachers of high school and early college mathematics, this book comes very close.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission.

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