20 Mar 2018
Academy Wins at Euromath 2018
Euromath 2018

The Maths Club participated in the Euromath 2018 with 17 students: 15 of them formed 6 groups and participated in the Euromath presentations, presenting on a mathematical ‘theme’ of their choice within 15 minutes, and 2 participated in the Euromath Poster competition, chosing a mathematical topic of their choice and preparing a 3D poster with regards to the specific topic.

Our school won a series of first places: two of our groups tied for first place in the group presentations (on the topics of “Why The Golden Ratio Takes The Gold” and “The Circle) and Zinovia Georgiou won the first prize for the poster competition. Congratulations to all staff and students involved and their teachers Athena Antoniou, Maria Archontous and Christina Georgiou.


Abstracts from the winning presentations

What do seashells, stock market patterns and the milky way have in common? Simply the Golden ratio!

Student team: Marianna Efstathiou, Anastasia Pipiou, Anastasia Stavrou, Antonietta Haliou, Nicholas Zacharia, Antonis Theodorou

This ratio was first studied by Greek sculptor Phidian who was the one to study the golden ratio and applied it to create the Parthenon. Hence, the use of ‘phi’ which is a Greek letter. It is a great example of how mathematics can determine beauty. It is as aesthetically pleasing to the eye, as it is to all other senses. The ratio is 1:1.6… infinite like π but in this case, it is phi.

We all think that maths is restricted in numbers and values but who would have thought that we could sense it. So why golden you may ask? Why not silver or bronze? Well, first because we didn’t name it! From the ancient pyramids to your most favourite desert. Thus, it may be known as the Divine proportion since it is so perfectly perfect. Furthermore, it is an idea that can be applied in anyone’s job. You can be an economist and use the golden ratio to predict the stock market prices or a musician to compose the perfect symphony.

Circle

Student team: Pantelis Koshias, Elena Biparva, Anastasis Christoforou

Imagine a world without football, pizzas or the wheel. Imagine a completely square world. The circle is arguably the most important and unique shape known. Its edgeless structure grants its usefulness in everyday life, while simultaneously troubling mathematicians since the beginning of civilization. To enable the otherwise laborious calculation of the area and the circumference of a circle, an unorthodox yet effective concept was constructed: the infinitesimal – an intangible number which is smaller than any imaginable Real number, but somehow still larger than 0. Over a great period of time, mathematicians questioned the integrity of this concept; however, after a constant set of rules of how to use them was constructed in the 1960s, the idea of infinitesimals was cemented. Now, in our presentation, we will use it, alongside the fundamentals of calculus, to prove famous equations such as C = 2πr and A = πr2.

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