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.
10th February 2020
The international, scientific journal, Physics Education, has published a paper by students and teachers from Winchester College and Barton Peveril College.
9th February 2020
World-famous chemist and author Dr Peter Wothers MBE enlightened students on the history of the Periodic Table for the first Science Society lecture of 2020.
4th February 2020
AR Design Studios led an architecture workshop for pupils interested in a career in this field. One of the participants reflects on the day.
27th January 2020
Applications are now open for this year's Winchester Maths Summer School.
23rd January 2020
The school's student-authored magazine, The Wykehamist, returns after a brief hiatus.
13th December 2019
The holiday challenge set for prospective engineering and physics students inspired one pupil to design and make his own fully functioning robotic hand.