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    Any geometricians among us?

    Interesting story on the BBC News website about a sample question from a Chinese university entrance test...

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    Re: Any geometricians among us?

    UK one is easy to any of us wot was learned proper in the old days! (sic)

    The Chinese one is um... inscrutable?
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    Re: Any geometricians among us?

    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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    Re: Any geometricians among us?

    I have been playing with this and have managed to do part of it even though I left school nearly 25 years ago and all the "tricks" we learnt are lost in the mists of time.

    I would like to add though that the reason that the Chinese example is so difficult is because in China people are judged by their education level and not necessarily by their income, which is at a fairly flat distribution. We also have to accept that only 2% of the population gets the opportunity to go to higher education purely because there are not enough colleges to attend. Due to this lack of colleges it stands to reason that the entrance exams will be much tougher than those countries with available places.

    The BBC article rather irritates me because, as usual the British are putting themselves down and being self-derogitory, if anything the maths required for these examinations is rather specialised but I believe a lot of countries provide a much wider, less specialised , foundation education.

    I have also seen the examinations for a British University and it is not modelled on first past the post but the basic ability of the student who is applying for the course and the one we see there is possibly directed towards Foundation degree students, a lot whose first language is not English. I would also add that this basic 345 triangle example is taught to year 6 and 7 children ( 10 -11 year olds) and is a very basic maths that I know for sur is way below an A level student, who takes it as read.

    A pointless article again belittling the British education system
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    Re: Any geometricians among us?

    Well I am pleased to say I got i and ii correct and didn't even attempt iii)

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17>....and I was even more pleased with the comments from Professor William Shaw
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    Re: Any geometricians among us?

    It's a good problem, but I'm wondering what they expect from "prove" in (i).
    Since they've stated AC

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    Re: Any geometricians among us?

    That is how I read it...a consequence of a basic definition. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    At one point I decided to draw a scaled top view on graph paper to allow me to visualise it better as I felt the graphic shown was not really that clear
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