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Math Club sponsors first-ever Calculus Bowl
Calculus Bowl Winners of the first-ever Tarleton calculus bowl are (seated clockwise, from left) David Gibson, Kameron Pugh, Justin Eiland and team captain Travis Salzillo, and (standing) associate professor Dr. Bryant Wyatt, head of the Department of Mathematics.

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The Math Club at Tarleton recently held its first-ever campus-wide calculus bowl, Nov. 17, modeled after the Mathematics Association of America’s (MAA) competition, in which teams of four students answer questions in a fast-paced playoff game based on multiple choice calculus questions.

A total of seven teams went head-to-head with the winner receiving a cash prize of $200 to be divided among the four members on the team. This year’s winning team was comprised of students from the Tarleton Particle Modeling research group, including: Travis Salzillo, David Gibson, Kameron Pugh and Justin Eiland.

Students enrolled in a fall term Calculus II course at Tarleton placed 2nd in the competition. Team members included Chris Marble, Christopher McLatchy, Janine Prukop and Michael Rubio. Team members received $15 gift certificates for their efforts.

Participants in the calculus bowl represented not only mathematics students, but a variety of academic disciplines such as computer science, engineering, physics, biology and interdisciplinary studies, said contest organizer and Math Club sponsor Dr. Jeremiah Bass.

Displayed one at a time via a projection system, teams earn points based not only on whether or not the correct answer is selected but also how quickly that answer is selected. The team that answers the most questions correctly and in the least amount of time, wins.

“A lot of work was put into the competition and it wouldn’t have even got off the ground without Michael Warren’s initial suggestion that this could be something the Math Club could do,” said Bass. “His continued support made it possible. Of course, the Math Club officers also did a lot of work. Its president, Eli Symm, provided the needed vision and direction for the event to take place.”

Also assisting with organizing the calculus bowl were Dr. Javier Garza and Dr. Beth Riggs, with support of the mathematics faculty who made generous contributions to supply the winning prize monies.

Given its success, the Math Club hopes to make this a bi-annual event, with the winning teams given the opportunity to compete in the MAA calculus bowl in the spring. The Math Club plans to host a second competition in mid-February prior to selecting two teams to represent Tarleton, April 11-13 at a state level competition hosted by Texas Tech University.

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye
254-968-9460
mogonye@tarleton.edu

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Calculus Bowl

Winners of the first-ever Tarleton calculus bowl are (seated clockwise, from left) David Gibson, Kameron Pugh, Justin Eiland and team captain Travis Salzillo, and (standing) associate professor Dr. Bryant Wyatt, head of the Department of Mathematics.