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UI math department hosts March 7 high school math competition

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa department of mathematics will host its second annual UI Mathematics Competition for about 130 eastern Iowa high school students Saturday, March 7 in Van Allen Hall, with most events scheduled for Lecture Room 1.

The competition will begin with an 8 a.m. registration session, followed by a welcome at 8:40 a.m. and formal competition will take the form of four types of mathematics events, including individual tests, team tests, a second individual test, and, finally, a "math relay race" to be held for about 20 minutes beginning at 11:50 a.m. In the relay, teams of students will compete as though running a relay race, with team members each completing one portion of a problem before handing it off to a teammate who will try to complete the next "leg" of the race. The objective, according to UI mathematics professor Walter Seaman, is to stimulate high school students' interest in mathematics.

Following the relay race, participants will adjourn for lunch, then reassemble at 2 p.m. for an awards ceremony, with plaques and certificates to be awarded to the winners.

The UI Mathematics Competition is sponsored by the department of mathematics, mathematics education, computer science and statistics and actuarial sciences, as well as Students Undertaking Mathematical Sciences (SUMS), the UI student math club. In addition to Seaman, competition planners include Paul Muhly, Sandra Stockman, and Brad Glass.

2/20/98