On 5 February 2020, a team of four keen mathematicians representing Winchester College travelled to London in order to attend the national final of the Senior Team Mathematical Challenge.
The group was composed of top years Reuel and Max, and fourth years Sean and Rtvik. After a gruelling day of time-pressured and taxing maths, the team managed to secure 3rd place nationally out of over 1200 schools; a significant improvement on the school’s 9th place last year.
The team had previously claimed the trophy at the regional round where both pairs achieved a perfect score of 186/186. Having beaten Peter Symonds and Charterhouse, they cemented a much-coveted place at the national final in London.
The competition as a whole consists of four parts: a group round, a crossnumber round, a shuttle round and a rather chaotic relay round, which involved students sprinting across a crowded hall to deliver their solutions to their teammates. In addition, each team was required to produce a prepared poster on “Symmetry and Structure in Chemistry” to be completed on the day of the competition.
To give a taste of the sort of problems included in the challenge, this is a question from the relay round:
What is the number of distinct triangles formed by connecting 10 evenly spaced points on a circle?
The school hopes to return a team next year, and maybe do even better.
2nd April 2020
The challenge was to create an innovative and beautiful design for electric vehicle charge points.
30th March 2020
Ode to a Nightingale reminds us of the power of the imagination to triumph over human frailty and disease.
27th March 2020
Whilst we are unable to gather for our Passiontide Service, it is still possible to share the music we would have enjoyed, and find a moment of peace.
26th March 2020
Whilst we wait for a knight in armour to save the day, our Head of Art History encourages us to use this time to look at the world around us with fresh eyes.
25th March 2020
For the third in our series of Thoughts for the Day, the Chaplain celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
24th March 2020
The spring equinox is the moment of the year where the scales begin to turn in favour of longer days, and more light. Can we take comfort from the rhythms of nature when the patterns of our own daily routines are so disrupted?