Mathematicians set Chinese Tests
Mathematically as well as literally Chinese is complex language...
A glance at the two questions reveals how much more advanced is the maths teaching in China, where children learn the subject up to the age of 18, the society says.
It has sounded a warning about Britain's future economic prospects which it claims are threatened by competition from scientists in China.
RSC chief executive Richard Pike says mathematics is seen as integral to the sciences in China and its economy.
"There, the concept of remedial courses at university would be inconceivable.
"UK chemistry departments are often world-renowned for their creativity; however, mathematics tests set in England by many universities for undergraduate chemistry students in their first term to diagnose remedial requirements are disconcertingly simple.
"They encapsulate the challenge facing this country," says Dr Pike.
Anyone wishing to enter the competition should go to the RSC website and send the correct answer by Friday 27 April to be included in a prize draw.