SMS Essay Competition 2009

“Series in the application of Mathematics – Astronomy”

  • To allow students to explore how Mathematics can be applied in understanding and explaining astronomy.
  • To make students begin to understand how inter-disciplinary research is carried out.

Category A

Express Stream (local): Secondary 1 and 2 students; Normal Stream (local): Secondary 1, 2 and 3 students; International schools: Grade 6-8 (or equivalence)

First Prize: Aristarchus
Benjamin Cheong Chee Hou
Hwa Chong Institution (High School)
Second Prize: How Greek Astronomers calculated celestial distances
Amy Kuan Ling Hui
CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School
Third Prize: What is the speed that Earth moves around the Sun?
Seet Seow Hwee,
Tan Yingxin Casmine,
Tang Shu Yi Sarah
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary)

Category B

Express Stream (local): Secondary 3 and 4 students; Normal Stream (local): Secondary 4 and 5 students; International schools: Grade 9-10 (or equivalence)

First Prize: The Chinese Calendar In Play
Lam Hong Phuc,
Ve Lu Anh Phuong
Victoria Junior College
Second Prize: The Ellipse and the Kelper’s 3 Laws of Planentary Motion
Cheok Wei Wen Evan
Victoria Junior College
Third Prize: Intergalactic Gravity
Ng Ying Qi,
Tan Li Hong,
Yap Nian Fang Melody
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary)

Category C

Junior college (local): JC 1 and 2 students; IP schools (local): Year 5 and 6 students; International schools: Grade 11-12 (or equivalence)

First Prize: Hunting for the proof from THE BOOK – two millennia before Erdös
Loh Lay Kuan,
Lee Eun Kyung
NUS High School of Mathematics and Science
Second Prize: Astronomy – a mathematical journey
Shubhendra Agrawal,
Ankush Aggarwal
Saint Andrew Junior College
Third Prize: Prediction of Solar Flare
Chiang Yuan Bo,
Dai Fei
Victoria Junior College