Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Syllabus for Maths Olympiad

The syllabus for mathematics olympiad (regional, national and international) is pre-degree college mathematics. The areas covered are arithmetic of integers, geometry, quadratic equations and expressions, trigonometry, co-ordinate geometry, systems of linear equations, permutations and combinations, factorisation of polynomials, inequalities, elementary combinatorics, probability theory and number theory, finite series and complex numbers and elementary graph theory. The syllabus does not include Calculus and Statistics. The major areas from which problems are given are number theory, geometry, algebra and combinatorics. The syllabus is in a sense spread over Class IX to Class XII levels, but the problems under each topic are of exceptionally high level in difficulty and sophistication. The difficulty level increases from RMO to INMO to IMO.

Book for Mathematics Olympiad preparation

1. Mathematics Olympiad Primer
by V. Krishnamurthy, C.R. Pranesachar, K.N. Ranganathan and B.J. Venkatachala (Interline
Publishing Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore)
2. Challenge and Thrill of Pre-College mathematics
by V. Krishnamurthy, C.R. Pranesachar, K.N. Ranganathan and B.J. Venkatachala (New Age
International Publishers, New Delhi - 1996).
3. Problem Primer for the Olympiad
by C.R. Pranesachar, B.J. Venkatachala and C.S. Yogananda (Interline Publishing Pvt. Ltd.,
Bangalore)
4. An Excursion in Mathematics
by Regional Mathematical Olympiads Committee (Maharashtra and Goa)