Gannon University Hosts High School Math Competition

Posted: November 16, 2015

Approximately 55 students forming nineteen teams of mathematicians from six local high schools will square off at Gannon University's Differentiation Bee competition on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Yehl Room of the Waldron Campus center, 124 W. Seventh St..

The competition, which is sponsored by the Gannon University mathematics department, will challenge the teams to solve equations involving differentiation, which, together with its inverse, integration, is one of the two main operations in calculus.

It's a fun event for the high school students, but there are real prizes at stake. The top team will win $1,000 scholarships while the second-place team will win $500 scholarships. Proving that mathematicians like words as well as numbers, a prize will be awarded for the most creative team name.

The teams will compete until noon, be served lunch in the Beyer Hall cafeteria, and then hear a short talk about careers in mathematics by Geoffrey D. Dietz, chair of Gannon's mathematics department.

"We want to give a platform for top students to show off their mathematical talent, and we want to give them a taste of what mathematics at Gannon looks like," said David Prier, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics.

Gannon University will host an Integration Bee in Spring 2016 for undergraduate students in Calculus 2. 

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