Getting Ready

Topics to study:

Most of the problems on the CLMC will be based on the mathematics curriculum taught in grades 7-11.  Potential topics include:

  • Probability
  • Euclidean and analytic geometry
  • Trigonometry, including functions, graphs and identities
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Functional notation
  • Systems of equations
  • Polynomials, including relationships involving the roots of quadratic and cubic equations
  • Sequences and series
  • Simple counting problems
  • Elementary number theory, including tests for divisibility, number of divisors, and simple Diophantine equations

Problem of the Week:

The COMC competition has a “Problem of the Week” that starts in late August or early September.  While these problems are likely more challenging than CLMC problems, we think keen CLMC students would definitely benefit from trying them.  Each week, a new problem is posed and the previous week’s problem is solved.  Check out the Problem of the Week page.

Try the Challenging Practice Problems

We have a set of three fairly challenging multiple choice problems with solutions, these will give you a general idea of the kinds of questions on the real exam. Our goal with these is to select questions where students can immediately grasp the problem, but persistence and insight are required to find the correct solution.

Download: Challenging Practice Problems or the Solutions.

Other resources:

Crux Mathematicorum: This is the CMS’s flagship problem solving periodical. Each issue contains articles on problems and problem solving as well as original problems and problems from mathematics competitions and Olympiads from around the world. The journal is interactive in the sense that the published solutions to the problem sets all come from the readership. Crux is designed for students and hobbyists who are keen to sharpen their skills with other national and international level problem solvers. You can check out the main Crux web site and the archive. All volumes are free to the public.

A Taste of Mathematics is a booklet series published by the Canadian Mathematical Society. They are designed as enrichment materials for high school students with an interest in and aptitude for mathematics. Some booklets in the series also cover the materials useful for mathematical competitions at national and international levels. Most of these books are free PDF downloads – please click here.

The Math Olympian: A Novel by Richard Hoshino. Richard Hoshino was a member of the Canadian Team to the International Math Olympiad in Mumbai India (1996) and won a silver medal. His book tells the story of Bethany’s road to the International Mathematical Olympiad. Through persistence, perseverance, and the support of innovative mentors who inspired her with a love of learning, Bethany confronts challenges and develops the creativity and confidence to reach her potential. In training to become a world champion mathelete, Bethany discovers the heart of mathematics. This book not only describes her journey, but details the different approaches that can be undertaken to solve an array of mathematical problems. A great read for students interested or participating in mathematics competitions. Copies can be obtained from Friesenpress and Amazon .