Each year, the Science Atlantic Mathematics & Statistics Conference opens on Friday with a problem solving competition.
View rules, guidelines, and past competitions here.
Mathematics & Statistics Conference 2018
Congratulations 2018 Award Winners!
Every fall since 1978, the Mathematics and Statistics Committee has held a conference designed specifically to attract the interest of undergraduate students. Universities from Atlantic Canada send teams to compete in a competition held in conjunction with this conference. The key note address is named after Professor W. J. Blundon, head of the mathematics department at Memorial University for almost 30 years and a founding member of our committee. The first sixteen Blundon lectures and first nineteen mathematics competitions were published in 1997 and copies are still available.
The Mathematics and Statistics Committee have published a variety of papers and reports, a booklet to help students prepare for university calculus and a book which is essentially the collected works (questions posed and solutions submitted) of Professor W. J. Blundon, for years the Head of Department at Memorial University and a keen problem-solver throughout his life.
Our committee takes a vigorous interest in issues related to the mathematics curriculum in schools and universities. We have solicited two commentaries 1995 (.pdf) and 2001 (.pdf) on the state of the curricula in the schools of Atlantic Canada at various times in the past. In 2002, in response to a request from the Chair of Science Atlantic, the Committee prepared a report on the mathematics curriculum (.pdf) which is being implemented in Atlantic Canada and worrying universities because of possible negative effects on the preparedness of students for university level calculus. After the report was released, several Atlantic Canada university faculty began studying the textbooks which have been written to accompany the new curriculum and became very alarmed at what they saw. These people—Robert Dawson, David Hamilton and Maureen Tingley—prepared a 40+ page report (.pdf) documenting numerous inaccuracies, misleading statements and other “errata”, and including suggestions for improvement. The document should be of special interest to teachers, parents and others who are forced to confront the new curriculum.
View all members here.