25 July 2012:
EGMO 2012: Competition
The competition at EGMO 2012 consisted of two exams, each with four problems and each lasting four and a half hours. The exams were held on 12 and 13 April 2012. The problems were marked out of seven points each. Approximately half the contestants were awarded medals, with gold, silver and bronze medals being awarded in approximately the ratio 1:2:3. Each contestant not awarded a medal but with a perfect score of seven on at least one problem received an Honourable Mention. Final scores are available online; during coordination, the online scores were updated live.
Teams consist of up to four female contestants, accompanied by a Leader and Deputy Leader (who may be male or female). The other eligibility requirements for contestants are the same as at the International Mathematical Olympiad, as are the rules on instruments permitted in the examinations.
Participating countries were invited to submit problems for consideration for the competition; the papers were selected in advance and were provided to the Leaders for translation after arrival in Cambridge, as in the Physics and Informatics Olympiads, with alternative problems being available in case any problem was already known.
Day 1 papers
Day 2 papers
We are aware of further solutions to some of the problems that are not yet included in these documents and hope to expand the documents in future to include these further solutions.
EGMO Problem Selection (details for leaders)
We thank everyone involved in composing the problems for EGMO 2012. The schedule does not allow time for the jury to construct the papers. EGMO will use a process pioneered by our sibling competition the Romanian Master of Mathematics. The papers will be set in advance, and shown to the jury at the first jury meeting. If the jury objects to a problem on the ground that it is known, then a collection of substitute problems will be available.
As soon as the contents of the papers becomes known to the jury, an EGMO honour code will come into force. No-one with knowledge of the papers may discuss their contents with anyone outside the jury until after the paper has been sat. Also all mathematical coaching by leaders will be forbidden until after the second paper has finished.
Leaders will have only a limited time to translate the papers into the language that their students wish to use. It will be extremely helpful if leaders bring their own notebook/laptop computers to facilitate the translations. There will be a limited number of EGMO computers available for leaders who are unable to bring their own portable devices. Please send an email message with the subject ‘computer reservation, country name’ to email@example.com in order to reserve an EGMO computer. Please do this as soon as possible.
If bringing you own computer, do not forget also to bring a an appropriate electric plug adaptor (or bring the computer fully charged). No doubt some sharing of adaptors will be possible.
Templates for preparation of the papers (on memory sticks) will be distributed at the first jury meeting. All language versions must be prepared either in LaTeX or Word, or they can be hand written (but this is not encouraged).
Detailed solutions to each paper will be available to leaders (and deputies) during the exams, so that they may prepare for the marking phase.
With warm good wishes
The EGMO 2012 Problem Selection Committee