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Math students to match wits at 11th annual Calculus Bowl
     
Some of the brightest young math minds in North Texas will converge on UT Arlington on Friday, March 4 to take part in a lively team competition and try to take home the coveted title of Calculus Bowl champions.

The UT Arlington Calculus Bowl, now in its 11th year, is sponsored by the UT Arlington Department of Mathematics and the UT Arlington chapter of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The event will be held from 2:30-7:30 p.m. in Pickard Hall, with Room 110 serving as headquarters. Registration begins at 12 p.m.

“These students are the very best of what we hope to attract to UT Arlington,” said Hristo Kojouharov, associate professor of math and coordinator of the Calculus Bowl. “We expect to have 200-plus high school students and teachers in attendance, with more that 130 of them competing in the event.”

The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 4, but had to be postponed due to inclement weather.

Teams are comprised of 3-5 calculus students from area high schools, and the teams compete to answer a series of multiple choice pre-calculus and calculus questions in two preliminary rounds. The top teams advance to the final round, with the top two teams receiving medals and trophies. Students may use calculators during the competition.

The event provides a way to showcase math as a fun and exciting subject, and also allows the department to forge connections with area high school students and teachers.

“The Calculus Bowl has energized the entire department and stimulated the interest of high school students in studying calculus,” said Jianping Zhu, professor of math and Department of Mathematics chair. “It has also been a great outreach event for the UTA math department to connect with local high school teachers and students. Dr. Kojouharov has done an excellent job running this annual event for over 10 years.”

Last year, Flower Mound High School claimed the title, winning for the second time in three years. North Hills Preparatory School in Irving earned second
 
Calculus Bowl
Competitors will have their calculators at the ready during the fast-paced Calculus Bowl, with over 25 teams vying for the championship trophy.
place in a sudden-death playoff over Lake Highlands High School. All three will be back this year and are among 26 high schools already registered to participate. The list also includes the Oakridge School in Arlington, which has won the most Calculus Bowl titles with three.

The event will be preceded by a 1 p.m. free show in the Planetarium at UT Arlington for all participants. An opening ceremony will follow at 2 p.m. Teams are encouraged to design their own T-shirts or costumes for the event, and a Team Spirit Outfit Contest will reward the best-outfitted team. Free pizza will be provided for the teams between rounds, and supporters are welcome to cheer on their favorite teams.

To, learn more, go online to http://www.uta.edu/math/calcbowl/. Anyone interested in volunteering for a variety of jobs before or during the Calculus Bowl can contact Kojouharov at hristo@uta.edu.

Posted February 28, 2011
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