Published: April 28, 2016
The University held its ninth annual Integration Bee Monday afternoon. The Integration Bee is similar to a spelling be in that students compete to respond to a prompt. However, rather than spelling words students solve complex definite and indefinite integrals within a limited time frame.
The University sponsored two separate divisions of the competition: a high school division and a college division. About 70 students competed in the high school competition from area high schools including Hazleton Area High School, Wyoming Seminary and Scranton High School.
About 20 college students competed in the college division, and all were from The University.
The Integration Bee had two rounds. Every entrant competed in the first round. The round consisted of solving 15 definite integrals. Contestants had two minutes to solve the integral and write a simplified answer on their answer sheet. Answers that were not fully simplified or incorrect were awarded no points, and correct answers were awarded one point each.
Additionally, for every problem a contestant answered correctly, the contestant was awarded a raffle ticket for other prizes. One of the most coveted prizes was a year-long subscription to Maple, a mathematics program. Additional prizes included University t-shirts, baseball hats and foam fingers.
The top five contestants from the first round moved on to the second round. Each contestant who moved on to the second round won $25. The second round consisted of indefinite integrals that had to be solved in two minutes, and 30 seconds. When a contestant got an answer wrong, he or she were eliminated from the competition.
The winner of the college division was Danny Clark, a senior mathematics and accounting double major. As the winner of the competition, Clark won an additional $75, for a total of $100 of prize money.
“It’s just fun to compete with everyone that I know, and it’s nice to see people compete,” he said.
The competition is organized by Stacy Muir, Ph.D. and has grown substantially from its small beginning.
“When the Bee started we had just a few college and high school students in the common area of Redington Hall,” Muir explained. This year was the Bee’s largest group of competitors.
“We hope that the event continues to be an opportunity to showcase mathematically talented students and be a positive, fun and exciting competition,” Muir said.
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