Friday, July 15 2016:

The U.S. team finished first with 214 points at the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Hong Kong. All six members of the team– **Ankan Bhattacharya** (International Academy East, Troy, Michigan), **Michael Kural** (Greenwich High School, Riverside, Connecticut), **Allen Liu** (Penfield Senior High School, Penfield, New York), **Junyao Peng** (Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science, Princeton, New Jersey), **Ashwin Sah** (Jesuit High School, Portland, Oregon), and **Yuan Yao** (Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire)– earned gold medals. The team from the Republic of Korea earned 207 points and China finished third with 204 points. Three of the six U.S. team members are former contestants in Who Wants to Be a Mathematician (WWTBAM): Ankan Bhattacharya (2016 national champ), Michael Kural (2015 national contestant and a contestant at the Western Connecticut State University game), and Ashwin Sah (2014 winner at Oregon State University). All the participants on the U.S. team were selected through a series of competitions organized by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), culminating with the USA Mathematical Olympiad. The U.S. team leader was Po-Shen Loh of Carnegie Mellon University. See results of the 2016 IMO, which had more than 100 countries participating. The 2017 IMO will be July 12-24 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Source: http://www.ams.org/news?news_id=3117

Three cheers to the American team of 2016 for cracking one of the most daunting, real mathematics challenge!!

Regards,

Nalin Pithwa

PS:

**The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from 5 continents. The IMO Advisory Board ensures that the competition takes place each year and that each host country observes the regulations and traditions of the IMO.**

Note: Some good source of problems for this examination are the following:

1. The IMO Compendium (A Collection of Problems suggested for the International Mathematical Olympiads: 1956-2004) by Dusan Djukic, Vladimir Jankovic, Ivan Matic, Nikola Petrovic

2. International Mathematical Olympiad Volume I (1959-1975) by Istvan Reiman

3. International Mathematical Olympiad Volume II (1976-1990) by Istvan Reiman

4. International Mathematical Olympiad Volume III (1991-2004) by Istvan Reiman

5. Problem Solving Strategies by Arthur Engel

6. The USSR Olympiad Problem Book (Selected Problems and Theorems of Elementary Mathematics) by D. O. Shklarsky, N. N. Chentzov, and I. M. Yaglom

All the above books are available generally in Amazon India and Flipkart for cash-on-delivery.

**The way for an Indian student to reach this IMO contest is to appear first for the Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO) conducted by TIFR/Homibhabha as explained further here: **

In India, the RMO will be held on Oct 9 2016. There will be no Pre-RMO this year.

*This real IMO is not be confused with IMO conducted by *SOF World, *which is http://www.sofworld.org/, Science Olympiad Foundation!*