It’s European Maths Challenge Week. The “Divide and Conquer” competition runs from Friday 18th to Saturday 25th June.
French academics have organised a free pan-European online maths competition for this week. Brits are invited to join in. The winner will become Europe’s division champion.
The “Divide and Conquer” game consists of quickly recognising under time pressure if a number is divisible by 3 or 9. The numbers fall in the style of Tetris bricks and must be placed in the right boxes. The difficulty increases with each level.
UK teachers and students are encouraged to join in with the rest of Europe. So far Philippe Meyer from Paris has the best score of 117 points. He reached the penultimate stage where the numbers have 7 digits and the thinking time is 3 seconds but hasn’t reached the final stage where the numbers have eight digits and thinking time is 3 seconds.
The game develops mental calculation and is devised by IREMs of Lyon and Grenoble, the MCSquared project and the Aristod Society of France.