- Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge
The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) is a
mathematics competitionheld in Canadathat is one of the most often-used ways to determine participants for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad. [ [http://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/english/contests/open.shtml CEMC - Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge ] ] It is run by the Canadian Mathematical Societyin collaboration with the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing and sponsored by Sun Life Financial. The competition is targeted mainly at senior-level students, though younger students often participate. [http://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/english/contests/brochures/2008/COMC2007(E).pdf page 1, "Fast Facts"]
The COMC was founded in
1996by current chair Larry Rice. The current committee also includes Bill Bisset, Mike Eden, Brian McBain, Ian McGee, Mike Mosca, Daryl Tingley and Bruce White. [http://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/english/contests/brochures/2008/COMC2007(E).pdf "Contest Committee"]
"Official" qualifiers for the COMC must satisfy the following criteria:
*They are less that 19 years of age at the time of the contest.
*They have been registered at a Canadian
schoolsince the beginning of the year of the contest.
Participants (known as "unofficial" participants) whom do not satisfy this criteria cannot win any rewards. [http://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/english/contests/brochures/2008/COMC2007(E).pdf "Eligibility"] Students from foreign nations like the
USAcan participate as "unofficial" participants through a mathematics program in their school or otherwise.
annually held COMC is two and a half hours long with 12 problems. The questions are divided into two sections; the first section, known as Part A, has 8 problems and generally has easier problems, with each question being 5 points. Part B has 4 problems, and each problem is worth 10 points. The total score is out of 80, and the cutoff for CMO qualification is generally somewhere around 70. [http://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/english/contests/brochures/2008/COMC2007(E).pdf "The Paper"] Approximately 7,000 people take the COMC annually. [http://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/english/contests/open.shtml "Statistics"] [ [http://camel.math.ca/New/2007/comc-res.f Eleventh Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge Champions ] ]
There are three types of
awards for scoring well on the COMC.
province, a Provincial Champion is named, who receives a plaque.
*Approximately fifty high scorers on the COMC are selected as participants for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad each year.
*A number of high ranking students receive a
gold medal. [http://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/english/contests/past_result/2007/comc_results.pdf] [ [https://mail.cms.math.ca/pipermail/cmath/2005/000171.html Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge Champions ] ]
List of mathematics competitions
Canadian Mathematical Olympiad
* [http://www.math.ca/Competitions/COMC/ The official COMC website]
* [http://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/english/contests/open.shtml A University of Waterloo information page for the competition]
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