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Jerry P. Becker

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IMOs - USA: More Information
Posted: Aug 10, 1999 3:38 PM
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Competing against teams representing 81 countries, a team of six American
high school students won six medals at the 40th International Mathematical
Olympiad (IMO) held in Bucharest, Romania, July 16 and 17, 1999.

The top 12 teams and their score out of a possible 252 points were:

China (182), Russia (182), Vietnam (177), Romania (173), Bulgaria (170),
Belarus (167), Korea (164), Iran (159), Taiwan (153), USA (150), Hungary
(147), and Ukraine (136).

Team Leader, Titu Andreescu, Director of the American Mathematics
Competitions, asserted: "The competition is getting tougher and tougher.
There are more and more strong countries. We consider this year's
participation a success. Two of our students received a gold medal and the
two first-time IMO participants on our team received a silver and a bronze

It appears that next year's USA IMO team will include four gold medalists,
two in 1998 and two in 1999. We will have a stronger team and all six team
members will go for the gold.

The team was also accompanied by Kiran Kedlaya from MIT who was the Deputy
of team, Leader and Professor Walter E. Mientka, from the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, who was the Official USA Leader Observer and is the
Secretary of the IMO Advisory Board.

The USA team was chosen solely on the basis of the 28th annual USA
Mathematical Olympiad held in April of this year. The Mathematical
Olympiad Summer Program was held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
June 9 - July 8, 1999.

A representative question which appeared on the 1999 IMO is as follows:

Determine all functions f from R to R such that f(x-f(y))
= f(f(y)) + xf(y) + f(x)-1 for all x and y in R.

The USA Mathematical Olympiad Activities are sponsored by fifteen national
associations in the Mathematical sciences with arrangements made by the
Mathematical Association of America. Financial and program support is
provided by the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research,
Microsoft Corporation, the Matilda R. Wilson Foundation and the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The 1999 IMO team members:

1. Reid Barton, Home Schooled, Arlington, MA
Gold Medalist

2. Paul Valiant, Milton Academy, Milton, MA
Gold Medalist

3. Gabriel Carroll, Oakland Technical High School, Oakland, CA
Silver Medalist

4. Po-Shen Loh, James Madison Memorial High School, Madison, WI
Silver Medalist

5. Melanie Wood, Park Tudor School, Indianapolis, IN
Silver Medalist

6. Lawrence Detlor, St. Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY
Bronze Medalist

The American Mathematics Competitions are sponsored by:

American Association of Pension Actuaries
American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges
American Mathematical Society
American Statistical Association
Casualty Actuarial Society
Clay Mathematics Institute
Consortium of Mathematics and its Applications
Mathematical Association of America
National Association of Mathematicians
Mu Alpha Theta
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Pi Mu Epsilon
School Science and Mathematics Association
Society of Actuaries
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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