Not just numbers, but theories too

Not just numbers, but theories too

Hong Kong is sending a team of six wizards to South Africa to compete in maths' darkest depths

Six Hong Kong students will take part in the International Mathematical Olympiad next month in South Africa.

The team will consist of Form Four student Yu Hoi-wai and Form Six students Hui Pak-nam and Wong Hing-shing of La Salle College; Form Four student Cheung Wai-lam of Queen Elizabeth School; Form Five student Lau Chen-ting of Diocesan Boys' School; and Form Six student Wong Sze-ngar of Diocesan Girls' School. They will be coached by Dr Leung Tat-wing of the Vocational Training Council.

To make the team, students went through tough training for about a year to get used to different types of mathematical problems.

"It is totally different from what we learn in maths classes. We are trained to become more open-minded while we solve our problems," says Pak-nam.

Hing-shing said: "We are also encouraged to discuss our problems during the training, which gives us a chance to exchange ideas and improve communication skills. We also have to know more in-depth theories before we attempt to solve the questions, because logic is important when we deal with the problems."

Luk Mee-lin, head of the programme and logistics panel of the 2016 Olympiad organising committee, said the competition can help boost students' interest in maths as well as improve their problem-solving skills.

What's more, students get a chance to exchange ideas with other teenagers and learn about advanced mathematical theories, Luk said.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Not just numbers, but theories too

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