FFJM competition underway

The 2010-2011 FFJM competition has started. It is one of the main Mathematical Games competitions in France (the other being the Concours Kangourou, which gets hundreds of thousands of contestants every year and is mostly for school pupils). The FFJM competition claims 100,000 contestants from ten countries.

The first round of questions (in French) is online. For this round, there is no time limit and you can send in your answers by post.

One of the most interesting characteristics of this contest is that all age groups get the same questions: for example, 2nd-graders only need to answer the first 5 questions, 8th-graders need to answer the first 14 questions, and professionals must answer all 18 questions (the last questions being the hardest). In the semi-finals and finals, this is very nice: all contestants can talk about the questions, even if they are competing in different categories.

This is the first time in almost 10 years that I will be taking part. For people who feel like taking part, answers must be sent in by 1 January.

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