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Math Olympiads: Hard work or talent? [closed]

I have a question regarding Math Olympiads. I always asked myself if Math Olympiads need natural intelligence or rigorous hard work (or both) in order to reach levels such as the IMO. I always hear ...
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Algebra books for olympiad preparation

I was looking for some good books for algebra and number theory at the olympiad level. Does anybody have any suggestions? I specifically want books that work on techniques and concepts (not just ...
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Math Competitions such as Intel Science Talent Search for High School Freshmen

I am extremely interested in mathematical competitions. I was wondering if there was something like the Intel Science Talent Search, where one can present his/her research, for freshmen in high ...
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math student looking to do better in math competitions.

I am currently in my summer vacations. Next year I will star my undergraduate studies in mathematics. I used to be in mathematics competitions. Last year I got a silver medal in my countries national ...
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Some Questions regarding preparing for Math Olympiads (searched but didn't get answers)

Many questions have been asked on this site regarding preparation for olympiads like the Putnam. I've read those questions and accordingly decided to start with Engel's "Problem Solving" but I have a ...
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International undergraduate mathematics Olympiad preparation

I have decided to try out and compete at the next international undergraduate mathematics Olympiad but first I need to get selected for the team that is sent for the competition from my country. I ...
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Who made now part of the problem?

Who came up with the meme of putting the current year as a four digit number into exercise problems? Is there a known first historical account?
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How to do well on Math Olympiads

I'm a high school student who really likes maths and I'm quite good at school. I want to start training maths by myself but I think I need some guidelines. I want to do well on IMO but I don't know ...
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Polynomials as sum of squares

Sometimes I have seen some math's competition problem solutions made by completing the expression as sum of squares. What is the intuition/computer program behind these solutions? For example, Prove ...
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Is it appropriate to use conjectures in contest?

Is it appropriate to use conjectures in math contest? I've been to fair amount of math contest and as far as I know the judges want a solid proof for every step take to make to solve the problem. But ...
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Competition style mathematics

I'm currently 18 years old and only as of the part year taken a strong interest in maths. I'm working with my school curriculum (UK a-level) and receiving A grades so I am happy with this. However I ...
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What is Putnam exam/competition?

Just heard of Putnam competition. There is not a lot of info about it on the net. Could you tell me a little about it? What is its purpose? What kind of math levels does it test? Also, I found a ...
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How to verify method used to solve integral was actually the fastest?

Is there any way to verify if the method I chose to integrate (by hand) was indeed fastest, or if there exists some better technique? Can a computer tell me or show me what the fastest method was, ...
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How do people come up with difficult math Olympiad questions?

The problems that appear in difficult math competitions such as the IMO or the Putnam exam are usually very difficult and require some ingenuity to solve. They also usually don't look like they can be ...
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Resources for IMO

I am seeking an online resource or any book where I can find the questions of International Mathematical Olympiad questions chapter wise eg Number Theory problems grouped together. Like this site ...
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How to improve mathematics for Programming Contests?

You might close this question or vote "-1" for this but I just can't stop myself from asking this question from the experts of mathematics which solves thousands of problem related to mathematics and ...
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Examples of math contest problems that can be solved in a 'cheap' way?

What are some examples of math contest problems that can be solved by using a nonrigorous, 'cheap' shortcut? For instance, a problem on the 2011 AMC went: A raft and a motorboat left dock A and ...