Students compete in UW Calculus Bowl
Marbletonís Michael Basden on 3rd Place Team
by University of Wyoming
May 1, 2007
(Laramie) -Nine teams from the University of Wyoming and Laramie Senior High School competed in the recent Calculus Bowl at the University of Wyoming as part of national Mathematics Awareness Month.
High school students in AP Calculus and college students in Calculus I, II and III courses answered a combination of multiple-choice calculus questions.
"The Calc Bowl is intended to applaud the students who have learned calculus, encourage them to meet others with common interests, and recruit students who enjoy calculus to become math majors and minors," says Lynne Ipina, UW Department of Mathematics faculty member who coordinates the event with Cindy Vadnais, UW mathematics lecturer.
Ipina credits Laramie Senior High School calculus teacher Frank Schreckengost and two UW Department of Mathematics faculty members, George Daniels and Shagi-Di Shih, for helping students form teams this year.
The winning team members, from Laramie High School, were Han Li, Zane Mankowski, Josh McConnell, Srihari Sritharan, Kelly Stratton and Jack Turner.
The second-place team was comprised of UW students Sung Yoon of Seoul, Korea, and Kuiwoo Lee, of Palisades Park, N.J.
The third place team, also UW students, comprised Michael Basden of Marbleton, Tom Hapka of Andover, Minn., and Adam Johnson of Calgary, Alberta.
The fourth-place team members were UW students Liz Abblebans of Fort Collins, Colo., Holly Bowers of Sheridan, Jim Follum of Sundance, David Granum of Casper, Kendra Hamell of Green River, Karl Heimbuck of Guernsey, Staci Reed of Lusk, and Damian Stansbury of Laramie.
Former UW faculty member and College Bowl game show fanatic James Schatzman created the UW calculus competition 15 years ago. Each round includes 40 multiple-choice questions flashed on a screen for all teams to see. The teams buzz in and have 10 seconds to answer.
The UW Department of Mathematics sponsors the Calculus Bow, and the Wyoming Council of Teachers of Mathematics awards prize money to the top teams.