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Mathematicians set Chinese test [BBC]


Interesting that this has been used in the Singapore context to benchmark Singaporean students against the Chinese too!

‘So now you know how that mean studying cyborg in the form of your PRCclassmate is produced and cloned :) . Actually to be fair, the China question hails from Singapore’s previous A-Level Maths trigonometry syllabus, while the British question hails from Singapore’s Secondary Two Maths syllabus. So Singapore is right up there amongst the high standard nations as well!’ (Joss Sticks blog, April 26, 2007)

 

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Mathematicians set Chinese test
Source – BBC, published April 25, 2007

Maths enthusiasts are being challenged to answer a sample question from Chinese university entrance tests.

The tests are set for prospective science undergraduates.

The UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry is offering a £500 prize to one lucky but bright person who answers the question below correctly.

It has also published a test used in a “well known and respected” English university – the society is not naming it – to assess the strength of incoming science undergraduates’ maths skills.

A glance at the two questions reveals how much more advanced is the maths teaching in China, where children learn the subject up to the age of 18, the society says.

Science undergraduates in England are likely not to have studied maths beyond GCSE level at the age of 16, it says.

It has sounded a warning about Britain’s future economic prospects which it claims are threatened by competition from scientists in China.

RSC chief executive Richard Pike says mathematics is seen as integral to the sciences in China and its economy.

“There, the concept of remedial courses at university would be inconceivable.

“UK chemistry departments are often world-renowned for their creativity; however, mathematics tests set in England by many universities for undergraduate chemistry students in their first term to diagnose remedial requirements are disconcertingly simple.

“They encapsulate the challenge facing this country,” says Dr Pike.

But a maths professor in England, William Shaw, has said the emphasis in mathematics teaching varies from country to country and the RSC’s attack is “nonsense”.

The test for Chinese students... Source: Royal Society of Chemistry

In Comparison... Source: Royal Society of Chemistry

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