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
"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.