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Norwegian students blow U.S. algebra record away with 5 million equations

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Jan
2014

Norwegian students solved nearly 5 million algebra equations in a week long challenge, using an app aimed at popularizing mathematics among children whose maths skills have been steadily sliding in international rankings. Students hoped to just beat the previous record of 40,000 equations set by students in Washington state using the Dragonbox app; “This has been a mind-blowing experience for us,” Dragonbox co-founder Jean Baptiste Huynh said as the competition came to an end on Wednesday. Norwegian students were ranked 30th in the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a big drop from 21st just three years earlier.

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