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13th Annual ‘Math Day At The Beach’ Set For March 17

Published: March 15, 2012

University High School of Irvine will again defend its title against more than 30 Southern California high schools during the 13th annual Math Day at The Beach competition at CSULB on Saturday, March 17.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University Student Union Ballroom on the campus.

Presented by CSULB’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the event pits teams in a math problem solving festival. Schools will field groups of six students who compete in teams as well as individual events for prizes and trophies. More than 200 students as well as independent individuals are participating.

Schools are divided into Divisions A and B, vying for the top prize in each division. The centerpiece of the event is a 70-minute exam designed by CSULB Mathematics Department faculty that includes both multiple choice and free response questions in high school-level mathematics. The contest emphasizes intuitive thinking rather than computational skill, without the use of calculators. Questions are selected from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, number theory, combinatorics, and probability and statistics.

In addition to the individual exam, there is a team round in which all members work on a set of problems in a given amount of time, and a final face-off round in which top-scoring individuals represent their team in an oral format.

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The guest speaker will be Yingkun (Roger) Li, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics at UCLA, and will speak on “Numbers, Curves and $$$.” Li competed at Math Day representing Mark Keppel High in Alhambra from 2003-05 and was the 2003 individual champion.

Sponsors include the Jerry Cassaday family; LBS Financial Credit Union; CSULB’s College of Continuing and Professional Education; Associated Students Inc.; Forty-Niner Shops/University Bookstore; Department of Mathematics and Statistics; and Parking, Transportation and Event Services.

For additional information, contact Professor Kent Merryfield at 562/985-5787, or visit the math department website.

–Anne Ambrose