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Annual Math Day at The Beach Competition Held On Campus

Published: March 15, 2011

University High School of Irvine will again defend its title against more than 30 other Southern California high schools during the 12th annual Math Day at The Beach, hosted by CSULB on Saturday, March 19. The event takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the University Student Union Ballroom.

Sponsored by Beckman Coulter Foundation and 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 team 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 including both multiple choice and free response questions in high school-level mathematics, designed by CSULB Mathematics Department faculty. 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.

Along with Beckman Coulter Foundation, sponsors include the LBS Financial Credit Union, Art of Problem Solving, individual donors, CSULB’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics Student Association, 49er Shops Inc., Associated Students Inc., and other campus departments.

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

–Anne Ambrose