29th Portuguese Math Olympics

The intriguing probability theory “did it again” in the 29th Portuguese Mathematics Olympics (PMO). In a competition with more than 42 thousand entrants, two preliminary rounds and 90 finalists, what would the probability be of two neighbours reaching the final and even both win gold medals?

Bruno Carvalho (7th year) and Francisco Andrade (8th year), who live in the same street in Matosinhos, are the protagonists of this event. But in this case, the good results cannot be put down just to luck, as this coincidence is only due to the merit of these two youngsters. Bruno Carvalho was also part of the first group of students who entered a new category in the PMO. In this edition, 6th and 7th year students took part for the first time in the recently created Junior category, which was added to the existing categories A (8th and 9th year) and B (10th to 12th year). The broadening of the Olympics to other levels of education will help to increase the competitivity of the Portuguese team in the international tests in the future.

The medals and prizes were awarded in Braga, and was attended by Alexandra Marques, General Manager of the Directorate-General of Innovation and Curricular Development, in representation of the Ministry of Education, João Vieira of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Maria Rui of Ciência Viva (Living Science), Hortense Lopes dos Santos, head mistress of the host school Carlos Amarante Secondary School, Eduardo Gonçalves of Banco Espírito Santo and António Murta da Pathena. There was also a talk in the session on “The importance of Mathematics in Critical Software”, by Gonçalo Quadros.

It is from among the participants of the 29th Portuguese Mathematics Olympics that Portugal’s representatives are chosen for the International Mathematics Olympics (Holland), the Ibero-American Mathematics Olympics (Costa Rica) and also the Portuguese-Speaking Mathematics Olympics (Portugal), the latter of which have their début scheduled for the end of July. 


The Winners