The Department of Mathematics held Integration Bee X on Thursday, April 18th in Cabot Science 085. The tenth annual calculus contest, first held in 2003, featured around 40 students participating, and is the signature event for the department during Mathematics Awareness Month.
A large group of students were on hand to cheer for their friends, as well as several students accepted to Norwich for this fall, as part of NU101 activities. Participants work against the clock to solve integrals, mathematical objects that can be interpreted as areas or generalizations of areas. Integrals and derivatives are the fundamental objects of calculus.
Teerawut Praiwal, a freshman civil engineering major from Hua Hin, Thailand, was the Grand Champion for Integration Bee X. Praiwal won a paid trip to see the Red Sox play the Yankees at Fenway Park. He narrowly beat Prapat Kotpat, a second-year civil engineering major from Washington, DC.
Finishing with Praiwal and Kotpat in the Final Four were Kristina Pomeroy, a sophomore architecture major from Windsor Locks, CT, and Pete Wagner, a freshman mechanical engineering major from Graniteville, VT.
Rounding out the Elite Eight were Andrew Janowicz, a freshmen mechanical engineering major from Derry, NH; Jacob Maheu, a freshman mechanical engineering major from Belchertown, MA; Anthony Belval, a freshman civil engineering major from Essex Junction, VT; and Jordan McCarthy, a sophomore chemistry major from Windsor, VT.
For the past few years, the Department of Mathematics gives the Katy and Kelli Tyner Award to the two Integration Bee participants who best embody the spirit of the competition. The prizes are generously funded by Dr. Dennis and Patty Tyner in honor of two of their daughters, who competed fiercely in the first several Integration Bees. The Tyner Awards for Integration Bee X were presented to Kristina Pomeroy and to Katherine Kjeer, a Norwich student from Waterbury, VT.
The Integration Bee was co-sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and by Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha. All participating integrators were given a one-year license for Mathematica for Students.