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The Alberta High School Math Competitions 1957-2006: A Canadian Problem Book

The Alberta High School Math Competitions 1957-2006: A Canadian Problem Book

Andy Liu, Editor

Catalog Code: CAN-02
Print ISBN: 978-0-88385-830-1
280 pp., Hardbound, 2009
List Price: $61.50
MAA Member: $49.95
Series: MAA Problem Books

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This book is a fine collection of excellent exercises ranging in difficulty from the fairly easy, if calculational, to the more challenging. Taken together, this marvelous collection of problems represents and interesting and valuable resource for students who prepare for various types of mathematical competitions.


Although there some older contests in the Maritime region and in Lower and Upper Canada, the Albert High School Mathematics Competition was the and oldest in Canada to be run on a provincial scale. Started in 1957, the competition recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. These 50 years can be broken down into three periods: Ancient (1957-1966), Medieval (1967-1983), and Modern (1984-2006), with very distinctive flavors that reflect what was taught in the schools of the day. The first two periods are primarily of historical interest. During the Modern period, the talented problem committee was led by the world-renowned problemist Murray Klamkin and composed many innovative and challenging problems.

In this book you will find all the problems and answers for the first 50 years of the competition up to 2005/2006—and full solutions are provided to those from the Modern period, often supplemented with multiple solutions or additional commentaries.

The Alberta High School Mathematics Competitions 1957-2006: A Canadian Problem Book is published by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in collaboration with the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS).

Table of Contents

Ancient Period: 1957—1966
Medieval Period: 1967—1983
Modern Period: 1983—2006
Winners: 1983-2006
About the Editor

About the Editor

Andy Liu received a BS degree with First Class Honors in Mat hematics from McGill University in 1970. He earned his MS in number theory (1972) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Combinatorics (1976) from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Dr. Liu won a Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Teaching Fellowship in 1998. He has won numerous teaching awards including: Canadian University Professor of the Year in 1998 (awarded by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education); the Canadian Mathematical Society’s Adrien Pouliot Education Award in 2003; and the Mathematical Association of America’s Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Teaching Award in 2004. Dr. Liu is very well known in problem-solving circles. He won the David Hilbert International Award in 1996 from the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions. He was the Deputy Leader (under Murray Klamkin) of the USA Mathematical Olympiad Team from 1981—1984; he later was Leader of the Canadian IMO team. Dr. Liu was the editor of the problem section of the MAA’s Math Horizons magazine for seven years.


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