Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge

Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge

The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) is a mathematics competition held in Canada that is one of the most often-used ways to determine participants for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad. [ [ CEMC - Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge ] ] It is run by the Canadian Mathematical Society in collaboration with the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing and sponsored by Sun Life Financial. The competition is targeted mainly at senior-level students, though younger students often participate. [ page 1, "Fast Facts"]


The COMC was founded in 1996 by current chair Larry Rice. The current committee also includes Bill Bisset, Mike Eden, Brian McBain, Ian McGee, Mike Mosca, Daryl Tingley and Bruce White. [ "Contest Committee"]


"Official" qualifiers for the COMC must satisfy the following criteria:
*They are less that 19 years of age at the time of the contest.
*They have been registered at a Canadian school since the beginning of the year of the contest.

Participants (known as "unofficial" participants) whom do not satisfy this criteria cannot win any rewards. [ "Eligibility"] Students from foreign nations like the USA can participate as "unofficial" participants through a mathematics program in their school or otherwise.


The annually held COMC is two and a half hours long with 12 problems. The questions are divided into two sections; the first section, known as Part A, has 8 problems and generally has easier problems, with each question being 5 points. Part B has 4 problems, and each problem is worth 10 points. The total score is out of 80, and the cutoff for CMO qualification is generally somewhere around 70. [ "The Paper"] Approximately 7,000 people take the COMC annually. [ "Statistics"] [ [ Eleventh Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge Champions ] ]


There are three types of awards for scoring well on the COMC.
*For each province, a Provincial Champion is named, who receives a plaque.
*Approximately fifty high scorers on the COMC are selected as participants for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad each year.
*A number of high ranking students receive a gold medal. [] [ [ Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge Champions ] ]


ee also

*List of mathematics competitions
*Canadian Mathematical Olympiad


External links

* [ The official COMC website]
* [ A University of Waterloo information page for the competition]

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