CCC winning students in the large school section of the maths challenge are (left) Elise Forward, Nathan McClintock, Hannah Waltisbuhl, Nathan Davis and Alex Lucas.
CCC winning students in the large school section of the maths challenge are (left) Elise Forward, Nathan McClintock, Hannah Waltisbuhl, Nathan Davis and Alex Lucas.

Teams are up to the challenge

ABOUT 40 teams comprising five students each from Years 5 to 7 met at Hamilton Hall at Gympie High to participate in the 2010 Primary Maths Team Challenge.

All teams attend schools in the Gympie region.

Held annually, the Maths Team Challenge aims to encourage teamwork and the use of problem-solving skills in the area of mathematics.

Some of the questions were very difficult.

In the large schools section, St Patrick’s College came third and South State School second, with Cooloola Christian College team A taking home the trophy for first place.

In the small schools section, the overall placings were Amamoor State School, third; Two Mile State School team B, second; and Two Mile State School team A receiving the trophy for first place.

A special mention must be made to Brett Cantle from Gympie West State School, who did a wonderful job organising the event, and also to Hungry Jacks and Member for Gympie David Gibson, who provided sponsorship for morning tea and the awards.

It was of benefit for the students to be part of an event where excellence and excitement in the area of mathematics was encouraged.

Example of a test question

Temperature given in Fahrenheit (F) temperature scale can be converted to the Celsium (C) scale via the formula C = 5/9 (F – 32). Thus, for the example, 50°F is equivalent to C= 5/9 (50 – 32) = 10°C.

Question: What temperature has the same numerical value in both Fahrenheit and Celsius scales?

 Answer: -40

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