The Department of Mathematics held Integration Bee XI on Thursday, April 4th in Cabot Science 085. The 11th annual calculus contest, first run 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. 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.
Prapat Kotpat, a junior civil engineering major from Washington, DC was the Grand Champion for Integration Bee XI. Kotpat won a gift certificate for a bus tour from Milne Travel. He narrowly beat Antonio Diaz, a senior mathematics major from Pittsford, VT.
Finishing with Kotpat and Diaz in the Top Three was Ryan Grindle, a sophomore mathematics major from Essex Junction, VT.
Rounding out the Elite Eight were Colby Goodhue, a freshmen mechanical engineering major from Pepperell, MA; Pete Wagner, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Graniteville, VT; Anthony Belval, a sophomore civil engineering major from Essex Junction, VT; Joshua Kinsley, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Williston, VT; and Sean Cristofori, a sophomore mathematics major from Waterford, MI.
For the past few years, the Department of Mathematics has given 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 few Integration Bees. The Tyner Awards for Integration Bee X were presented to Shaun Brunner, a sophomore mathematics major from Barre, VT, and to Jacob Maheu, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Belchertown, MA. Katy Tyner was on hand to present the Tyner Awards this year.
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.