By Charles T. Salkind, James M. Earl

The yearly highschool contests were backed considering that 1950 through the Mathematical organization of the United States and the Society of Actuaries, and extra lately via Mu Alpha Theta (1965), the nationwide Council of academics of arithmetic (1967) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (1971). difficulties from the contests throughout the interval 1950-1960 are released in quantity five of the hot Mathematical Library, and people for 1961-1965 are released in quantity 17. the hot Mathematical Library will proceed to submit those contest difficulties from time-to-time; the current quantity includes these from the interval 1966-1972. The questions have been compiled through Professor C.T. Salkind till his demise, and because 1968 by means of Professor J.M. Earl, who died on November 25, 1972 after filing difficulties for the 1973 contest. Professors Earl and Salkind additionally ready the ideas for the competition difficulties. In getting ready this and the sooner Contest challenge Books the editors of the NML have elevated those ideas and further replacement strategies.

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