La Salle College student Bai Zhiyuan, a Form 6 student, has won the Gold Award at the 2018 Hang Lung Mathematics Awards for a research paper on geometry. The title of his winning entry is called On the Trapezoidal Peg Problem among Convex Curves.
The Hang Lung Mathematics Awards is a biannual mathematics research competition for secondary school students in Hong Kong co-organised by Hang Lung Properties, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Mathematics of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The winner will receive a monetary prize HK$250,000 in instalments after their entry into university, while the supervising teacher will receive HK$50,000. La Salle College will also receive HK$100,000 for the development of maths education and a full scholarship for a Master of Science degree in Mathematics at CUHK for a nominated teacher.
Chan Tsz-hin, a Form 4 student at Pui Ching Middle School won silver and Form 6 student Li Tsz-chung of United Christian College won bronze.
This year, over 90 teams composed of 260 students from over 60 schools competed.
Zhiyuan was presented with his award at a presentation ceremony held at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.
In a press release, Professor Xin Zhouping of CUHK, Chairman of the 2018 HLMA Scientific Committee said “It is truly incredible for them to dedicate so much effort to mathematical research over such a long period of time. Most of the research reports submitted by the participating teams demonstrate the creativity, originality, and ability to conduct mathematical analysis to a remarkable level.”