PUTRAJAYA: If mental arithmetic were a 100m dash, Form Four student Edwin See Jun Hong could give Usain Bolt a run for his money.
The Sri Cempaka Damansara student's best record at the World Maths Day competition last March was 1.32 questions per second or 79 questions a minute.
And they were not your everyday questions. All were high school-level questions with some testing ones like: “what's 32 cubed?” and “what's the cube root of 21952?” The answers were 32768 and 28. The 16-year-old managed each in just under a second.
World Maths Day is an international online Mathematics competition which tests endurance, speed and accuracy.
See was the fifth-ranked participant in the 14-18 category of the competition, moving four spots from his ninth-ranked position last year.
“I am pleased with the improvement in my scores as the questions were of a higher standard this year. It was a bit more difficult to solve questions on square roots,” See said, joking that his skill was useful when shopping or splitting bills with his friends.
With his 19 teammates, See helped Cempaka Schools Malaysia achieve a hat-trick when the school secured its position as champion of the 14-18 category, a position held since 2009.
But what made See most proud was receiving the “World Cup Trophy” from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment for me to meet the Deputy Prime Minister. I was really excited to receive praises from him,” said See, who accepted the trophy with teammates Francis Lim Chin Yao, Malayandi Palaniappan and Farah Ellyza Bachtiar Effendi.
Both Lim and Malayandi were also among the top 10 participants in the 14-18 category, with Lim and Malayandi placed sixth and ninth, respectively.
Cempaka Schools Malaysia was also the champion school in the 11-13 year category for the third consecutive time.
Also present at the ceremony yesterday were Cempaka Group of Schools founder Datuk Freida Mohd Pilus and 3P Learning chief executive officer Andrew Smith. - theStarOnline