Students Master Kangaroo Challenge in Maths
Three of our students took part in the Andrew Jobbings Senior Kangaroo challenge earlier this month. The Kangaroo is a follow-on round to the Senior Mathematical Challenge and is a 60-minute Challenge consisting of 20 problems.
By Gen P, Year 12
Chloe, Anna and I qualified for the Senior Kangaroo Challenge through getting high distinctions in the Senior UKMT Maths Challenge. We sat the Kangaroo from 7:30-8:30am on Wednesday 16th November – the questions forced us to think outside the box and use logical reasoning. There were twenty problems, one of my favourites being ‘On the island of Friends and Foes, every citizen is either a Friend (who always tells the truth) or a Foe (who always lies). Seven citizens are sitting in a circle. Each declares “I am sitting between two Foes”. How many Friends are there in the circle?’ (the answer is 3). We recently received our results and I am super happy to have achieved a merit, with Chloe and Anna passing.
If you would like to try out some of this year’s Challenge questions for yourself, do follow the link to the United Kingdom Mathematical Trust (UKMT) and its challenges here.