Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society

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2019 Puzzle Hunt Announcement

After a three year hiatus, we are pleased to announce the return of the annual MUMS Puzzle Hunt! The Hunt will begin at 12pm August 7th and end at 12pm August 16th.

For those who are new to puzzle hunts, the MUMS Puzzle Hunt has been an (almost) annual fixture since 2004. Teams of up to 10 members compete by solving tricky puzzles designed to challenge lateral and creative thinking. This is a global event, with teams taking part from all over the world. A full description of what the MUMS Puzzle Hunt is about can be found on the website, along with a full list of rules: Please note that this website is different from the site used in previous hunts.

Why sign up?:

  • Entry is completely free, and open to anyone, regardless of puzzle-solving experience.
  • Puzzles are amazing fun. Most of them don't even involve maths!
  • The Hunt is held entirely online, so all you need to participate is an electronic device
  • There are $600 worth of prizes!
Have we convinced you yet? If so, register here. With two weeks to go, be sure to sign up soon and take part in what is undoubtably one of the biggest highlights in the MUMS calendar.

Really want to take part, but don't have a team yet? No worries, just fill out this form and we'll find a team for you. This option is only available for University of Melbourne students. Otherwise, feel free to register a solo team!

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MUMS Puzzle Hunt Team 2019

MUMS Puzzle Hunt 2019 Poster


2018 SMO Results

Congratulations to all teams of the 2018 SMO!

It was a classic Melbourne day with rain, sun and some hail however we stayed active and warm inside the maths buidling during the comp.

Below are the results, Caulfied Grammar Wheelers Hill took out the top spot with Caulfield Grammar Caulfied campus taking second, there was a tie for third based on the last question answered.

Well done everyone! The names yet again are incredible and the MUMS committee are so impressed with the students mathematical creativity.


Rank School Name Team Name Score Last Question answered
1 Caulfield Grammar School - Wheelers Hill Divide and Conquer 560 16
2 Caulfield Grammar School - Caulfield Fermat Primes 370 15
3 Box Hill High School Bashematicians 370 14
3 Camberwell Grammar School What's en e-pseudovariety? 370 14
4 Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School Pegsponentials 370 13
5 Scotch College Sigma 370 12
6 Yarra Valley Grammar School RAF's AM-GM 370 11
7 Glen Waverley Secondary College Not Here For Pizza 360 14
8 Presbyterian Ladies' College Colon Bracket 360 11
9 QS School Gronk 340 14
11 Brighton Grammar 0 = 0 QED 290 11
11 University High School Zadwa 290 11
12 Carey Baptist Grammar School Tan 45 280 13
12 Aussiehome Education Energy Infinity 280 11
12 St Leonard's College Leonard's Oilers 280 11
12 QS School I Hate Maths 280 11
12 Geelong Grammar School The Disciples of Frank 280 11
12 John Monash Science School JMSS 280 11
13 Goulburn Valley Grammar School The Pelican Xterm1n8ors 250 11
14 Buckley Park College Buckley Beta's 240 10
15 Qmaths Education Blue Army 210 12
16 Quantum Education Massacre 210 11
17 Aussiehome Education Moebius 200 11
18 University High School UHS B 190 11
20 McKinnon Secondary College Paranormal Distribution 190 8
21 East Doncaster secondary college M.A.R.S. 130 8
22 St Michaels Grammar School Double Perfect 130 6
23 Alphington Grammar The Euclids 100 6


SMO 2018
Calling all budding high school mathematicans it's SMO Time !

When: Sun. 19 August 2018 (UniMelb Open day), 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (registration starts 11:30)

Registration is open,

Where: JH Mitchell Theatre, Peter Hall Building, University of Melbourne

In the School Maths Olympics (SMO), teams of students from secondary schools compete in an exciting and fast-moving event that combines physical and intellectual elements, in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. The problems are based more on lateral thinking than manual calculation, and require no knowledge of mathematics above Year 10 level. As such, a high school student of any year level with a talent for problem solving is suitable for this competition. Further information may be found at:

Prizes will be awarded to the highest scoring teams, who will also be invited to lunch with the organisers and helpers. It is not necessary for students to wear school uniform.

Please note: team places are strictly limited and due to overwhelming demand we must impose a strict limit of one team per school. Schools wishing to send more than one team may indicate their preference to do so on the event form, and in the event that places are still available after the closing date, those schools will be invited to register another team. If you have any problems or questions, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.

We look forward to seeing you all at the event

2017/18 AGM News

On August 30th 2017, we held our AGM and with great pleasure I can introduce our 2017/18 Committee

President: Emma Arrigo 
Secretary: Madeleine Johnson
Treasurer: Vanessa Thompkins
Education Officer:  Emma Fazzino
Publicity Officer: Ivy Weng

Paradox Editor:  Samoil Jovanoski
Undergrad Reps:  Anne- Aelis Perferment, Billy Price, Elizabeth Ivory, Matt Walker, Yan Hong Toh
Postgrad Reps: Albert Zhang, Andrew Elvey Price, Giles Adam




Puzzle Hunt Announcement

Regretfully, MUMS is unable to run a Puzzlehunt in 2017. Being such an exciting staple of our calendar for many years, this is a painful but necessary decision.

We hope it will be back up and running in 2018.

Note: The MUMS Puzzle Hunt is back for 2019! Visit our home page or for the full details!

Contact Us

You can contact MUMS in a variety of ways...

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Phone: (03) 8344 4021

Post: MUMS, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne, Parkville Vic 3010

Visit: Room G24, Peter Hall Building, University of Melbourne, 3010


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MUMS Committee


What is MUMS?

The Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society, also known as MUMS, was formed to represent maths and stats students at Melbourne University. We welcome anyone else with an interest in maths or stats. We organise a variety of activities, including seminars, trivia competitions, barbecues and of course the annual Puzzle Hunt and Maths Olympics. We also put out our magazine Paradox at regular intervals.

If you wish to be notified of our events by email, please subscribe to our mailing list.

MUMS has a room in the Peter Hall Building (the home of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics). It is located on the ground floor, opposite the main reception. This room is mainly used socially, and all are welcome to stop by. The MUMS noticeboard is directly outside the room, and lists our upcoming events and seminars.

MUMS is affiliated to the University of Melbourne Student Union. Support from UMSU and from the Department is gratefully acknowledged.

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