Math Olympiad is Nov. 22

Nov 6, 2008

Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Kettering University Mathematics Olympiad Nov. 22. Prizes include a full-tuition scholarship and $1,000 gift card.

One of Michigan’s best math students will win a full-tuition, 4 ½-year scholarship to the nationally ranked engineering, mathematics, science and business university in Flint during the Kettering University Mathematics Olympiad on Saturday, Nov. 22.  Other prizes, including a $1,000 gift certificate from Best Buy, will also be awarded during the event on Kettering’s campus on the corner of University and Chevrolet avenues in Flint.

 Dr. Joe Salacuse, professor of Mathematics, said Kettering’s Mathematics Olympiad is a competition designed to identify and encourage students with interests and abilities in mathematics. “This will be the eighth Olympiad at Kettering,” Salacuse said.  “Our goal is to develop the Olympiad into one of the most prestigious mathematical competitions in the region. 

The examination is designed for students in grades 9 through 12, however any student working toward a high school degree who is currently enrolled in a public school, private school or a home-school program can sit for the examination.”

The competition consists of four to six challenging problems which are selected by Dr. Ada Cheng, Dr. Ruben Hayrapetyan and Dr. Salacuse, and has a time limit of four hours. The problems range from "mind-benders" that require little mathematical skills to problems that require the knowledge of geometry, trigonometry and beginning calculus.  No calculators are permitted for this competition.

For more on Kettering’s Mathematics Olympiad, visit: Questions can be directed to Kettering’s Mathematics Department at Dr. Ruben Hayrapetyanor Dr. Joe Salacuse.

Written by Patricia Mroczek