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Math Day at the Beach

In Memory of Dr. Kent Merryfield

Math Day at the Beach is a problem-solving festival for Southern California high school students who want to have fun with mathematics and enjoy a day of camaraderie with university mathematics students and professors.

High schools of Southern California are invited to bring a team of six students. We anticipate that again this year there will be no fees compliments of the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Cal State Long Beach and the principal sponsors this year, Jennifer Lin and Aaron Jones.

All students and faculty will be treated to lunch. Competition will be among the high school teams as well as individuals. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the winning teams and individual winning students.

The centerpiece of the event will be a one-hour, 20-25 question exam in high school level mathematics, designed by our Mathematics and Statistics Department faculty, emphasizing creative thinking rather than computational skill. Questions will be selected from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, number theory, combinatorics, and probability and statistics.

In addition to the individual multiple choice exam, there will be a team round, whereby all members work on a set of problems in a given amount of time, and a final "Kenneth E. Lindgren Face-Off" round to determine the individual winners. In the Kenneth E. Lindgren Face-Off round, top-scoring individuals will represent their team in an oral format.

Parents of students are invited to enjoy the day with their children.


Sponsorships are provided by:

  • Jennifer Lin and Aaron Jones
  • LBS Financial Credit Union
  • CSULB University Extension
  • CSULB Associated Students, Inc.
  • CSULB 49er Shops/University Bookstore
  • CSULB Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • CSULB Parking, Transportation, and Event Services