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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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"The UK's Royal Society of Chemistry is offering a £500 prize to one lucky but bright person who answers the question ... "

Deadline Noon Friday **27 April 2007**

News Story Here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/6589301.stm

Contest Here: http://www.rsc.org/AboutUs/News/PressReleases/2007/ChineseMaths.asp

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**U7109****Real Member**- Registered: 2007-03-19
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I wish I could take part, but I'm in Australia, not England.

"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination," ~ John Lennon

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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You also have to be able to answer the question.

It's certainly a tough one. I think the article is biasing the problem a little bit though, the example question that they give isn't at typical university level. It's just something that they expect everyone to be able to answer easily, and anyone who can't gets put in a catch-up class.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Indeed. Exams have easy to hard questions (If they were all easy most would get "A"s, if they were all hard most would fail).

So you could compare the easiest Chinese question to the hardest UK question and publish it in China for the same effect.

But I let you guys know about the contest because of the £500, which expires real soon.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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