## Problem-solving for Irish Second level Mathematicians (PRISM)

THE ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS FOR PRISM 2007 ARE NOW AVAILABLE

(Click on the link at the bottom of this article to access the answers and explanations)

Nearly 7,000 students in 200 secondary schools across the country are taking up a maths challenge from NUI Galway. The inaugural

**PRoblem-solving for Irish Second level Mathematicians (PRISM)**contest is the brainchild of NUI Galway mathematicians Dr. James Cruickshank and Dr. Rachel Quinlan, and aims to encourage students to take an interest in problem-solving from an early age.

Each participating school will hold separate hour-long contests for pre-Junior Certificate and post-Junior Certificate students. The contests will feature a series of twenty problems, in multiple-choice format, to challenge the problem-solving dexterity of participants. Marking of answer sheets will be carried out at NUI Galway and other universities.

One aim of the contest is to identify interested and talented students who might enjoy and benefit from participating in a mathematical enrichment programme at NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, UCC, UCD or UL. Successful participation in one of these programmes will entail regular attendance at lectures and problem-solving sessions at one of these centres, as well as extensive independent practice at problem solving, supported by correspondence with mentors. Participants in the enrichment programmes usually expect to compete in the **Irish Mathematical Olympiad,** which takes place in May 2007.

PRISM is being co-organised by Dr Mark Dukes, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCD, Gordon Lessells, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UL and Dr Richard Watson, Department of Mathematics, NUI Maynooth.

More information can be found on http://www.maths.nuigalway.ie/PRISM/