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Calculus Bowl promises intense competition Feb. 5

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Friday, January 29, 2010

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - A square has sides of length 10, and a circle centered at one of its vertices has radius 10. What is the area of the union of the regions enclosed by the square and the circle?

Students in calculus classes from more than two dozen high schools throughout North Texas will compete to answer questions like the one above in the 10th Annual University of Texas at Arlington Calculus Bowl from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in Room 110, Pickard Hall, 411 S. Nedderman Drive.

High school teams of up to five members will compete in several rounds of multiple-choice pre-calculus and calculus questions displayed on a computer projection system. The public is welcome to cheer on the teams, many of whom will be dressed creatively to represent their schools. The competition intensifies between 3:30 and 7 p.m. as teams battle for victory.

"It becomes quite lively; it's an energy charged environment," said Hristo Kojouharov, associate professor of mathematics and Calculus Bowl director.

Free Calculus Bowl T-shirts are given to each contestant. Awards, including a $3,000 stipend to work with UT Arlington faculty on cutting-edge research if the student attends UT Arlington as a full-time mathematics major, are presented to first and second-place teams and finalists.

UT Arlington has added an additional competition this year for students interested in an even more challenging individual competition. This competition begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Room 110, Nedderman Hall and culminates in a "math battle' by two teams of the highest ranked students, Kojouharov said.

Contact Kojouharov 817-272-5763 or hristo@uta.edu for more information, or visit http://www.uta.edu/math/calcbowl/.

(The answer to the problem is 100+75*pi.)

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