On Monday 21st September 2015, 9 girls accompanied by Mr Winston and Ms Copin took the train to the Royal Society to attend a talk given by Professor Adam Bride from the University of Strathclyde. Throughout his academic career, in addition to important contributions to fractional calculus, special functions, integral transforms, and semi group theory, he has been an inspirational teacher to generations of Strathclyde students as well as many other. He has also contributed greatly to the UK’s success in the International Mathematical Olympiad, a mathematical challenge many of the girls from North London are sitting.

Firstly, we were able to hear about the experiences and successes of the British Maths Olympiad Team (which, infuriatingly, consisted of 6 males). They competed in Thailand and Malaysia and brought home 4 silver medals, one bronze medal and a highly commended. One of the boys managed to miss a gold medal by one mark for 3 successive years.

Using an overhead projector instead of the traditional slideshow, Professor McBride managed to solve and explain a number of maths challenges in an engaging and enlightening way.

One of the problems was this:

Firstly, we were able to hear about the experiences and successes of the British Maths Olympiad Team (which, infuriatingly, consisted of 6 males). They competed in Thailand and Malaysia and brought home 4 silver medals, one bronze medal and a highly commended. One of the boys managed to miss a gold medal by one mark for 3 successive years.

Using an overhead projector instead of the traditional slideshow, Professor McBride managed to solve and explain a number of maths challenges in an engaging and enlightening way.

One of the problems was this:

The objective was to fill in the X’s, each of them representing a different number. The first step he demonstrated to us was that if a number was brought down to the next row, it implied that the dividend was not divisible by the divisor, thus a zero must be placed above the dividing line. Taking us step by step, he used the information that we gained to unravel the problem.

Another interesting but random fact he told us was one of his favourite numbers - A Münchhausen

3435

When each digit is taken to its own powers, ie:

3^3 + 4^4 + 3^3 + 5^5

The sum of the number is equal to the original 3435.

We were delighted that we were given this incredible opportunity to hear from such a prestigious professor and also to be able to visit the Royal Society.

Another interesting but random fact he told us was one of his favourite numbers - A Münchhausen

*number*:3435

When each digit is taken to its own powers, ie:

3^3 + 4^4 + 3^3 + 5^5

The sum of the number is equal to the original 3435.

We were delighted that we were given this incredible opportunity to hear from such a prestigious professor and also to be able to visit the Royal Society.

*Maria and Riya, Year 12*