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KU math students win statewide competition

Friday, September 21, 2012

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas math students won the team competition as well as individual awards at the eighth Kansas Collegiate Math Competition, which was April 14 at Kansas State University. The competition is  part of the yearly meeting of the Kansas section of the Mathematical Association of America.

Students work individually for three hours on five challenging math problems, which are then  graded by the coaches. 

Winning individual performances:

  • Tianyu Huang, a junior in math from Shanghai, China, scored 36 points (out of 50 possible) and won a $300 award.
  • Phuc Nguyen, a sophomore in chemistry from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, scored 30 points and won a $150 award.
  • Tianze Yan, a sophomore in math from Tianjin, China, scored 30 points and won $150.

In addition, the KU- I team won the team competition with 66 points, followed by the Wichita State team with 41 points, the Kansas State- I team with 40 points and KU-II with 37 points.

Atanas Stefanov, KU associate professor of mathematics, was the KU coach and was in charge of the intercollegiate competition portion of the program. KU assistant professors of mathematics Hailong Dao and Mat Johnson also helped in the preparation of the KU teams.

The rules, and the problems, together with their solutions (and the problems with solutions to the previous years' editions) can be found at the KCMC homepage

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