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I was wondering: is research mathematics (the stuff real professionals do) anything like contest mathematics? I know contest math is usually extremely hard and requires ingenuity, but does mathematics at, say, the graduate level require more mathematical ability/ingenuity than the "toy" problems prevalent in elementary math based contest math?

I'm a math "newbie", so I'm not all too privy to the distinction between contest math and the real world!

(note: when I say "contest math", I mean things like USAMO/IMO, etc. -- the highest level stuff)

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# Contest Math v.s. Real Math?

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