Gannon University Hosts High School Math Competition
Posted: November 12, 2018
Approximately 88 students forming 30 teams of mathematicians
from seven local high schools will square off at Gannon
University's Fifth Annual Differentiation Bee competition on Nov.
13 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 questions
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 mathematics talk given by
Rich Ligo, associate professor in 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.,
associate professor of mathematics.