ARYABHATTA MATHEMATICS COMPETITION
Aryabhatta (AD 476-550) was the first of the great mathematician-astronomer of the classical age of India. His writing consists of mathematical theory and astronomical theory which is viewed to be perfect in modern mathematics. Aryabhatta's work was of great influence in the Indian astronomical tradition and influenced several neighbouring cultures through translations. India's first satellite Aryabhatta and the lunar crater Aryabhatta are named in his honour.
The trigonometric functions sine and cosine were introduced by Aryabhatta. In fact, modern names "sine" and "cosine" are mistranscriptions of the words jya and kojya as introduced by Aryabhatta.
He was the first to discover that the orbits of the planets around the sun are ellipses. He made important contribution to algebra and worked on the approximation for π, and may have come to the conclusion that is irrational. The calculation of 3.1416 is nearly the same with the true value of Pi which is 3.14159.
Verse for calculation of π by him
"Add four to 100, multiply by eight, and then add 62,000. By this rule the circumference of a circle with a diameter of 20,000 can be approached."
Aryabhatta was the first astronomers to make an attempt at measuring the earth's circumference. Aryabhatta accurately calculated the earth's circumference which was only 0.2 % smaller than the actual value of 24,902 miles. Solar and lunar eclipses were scientifically explained by Aryabhatta.
Inception: Delhi Public School, Bokaro had taken an initiative to start the Aryabatta Mathematics Competition in the year 1988 to pay tribute to the great mathematician "ARYABHATTA". Every year it is organised on second Saturday of February.
This competition is divided into three categories:
1. Junior- for class V
2. Middle- for class VIII
3. Senior- for class XI
It is conducted in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, West-Bengal, Orissa and other neighbouring states. The syllabus for the competition is same as the NCERT syllabus of that particular class for which it is being conducted.
1. To inculcate the spirit of learning of Mathematics in Students
2. To arouse interest among the students for study of Mathematics
3. To create a spirit of competition in the students at a very early stage
4. To make teaching of mathematics more interesting
First seven rank holders in each category are awarded with cash prizes, certificates and mementos as per the rules, in an award giving ceremony organised every year.
1st Prize: Rs 10,000/-, 2nd Prize: Rs 7,000/-, 3rd Prize: Rs 5,000/- and next four consolation prizes worth: Rs 2,500/- each.
Each school topper is also awarded with a cash prize of Rs 1,500/- provided that he/she gets the minimum qualifying marks i.e. 60%.
A student is eligible for only one prize.
In addition to this, each participant getting minimum qualifying marks i.e. 60% is also awarded with the merit certificate.
Winner School in each category as per the highest average mark is also awarded with a glittering running trophy as well as a winner's trophy.