More than 200 students to compete in CSULB’s Math Day at the Beach

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University High School of Irvine will defend its title against 34 other Southern California high schools during the 11th annual Math Day at The Beach competition at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) on Saturday, March 20.

Presented by CSULB’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the competition pits teams of six in a math problem-solving festival. Students have a chance to compete in team as well as individual events for prizes and trophies. More than 215 students from 35 schools as well as 11 independent individuals will  participate.

The centerpiece of Math Day at the Beach is a 70-minute exam designed by CSULB Mathematics Department faculty that includes both multiple choice and free response questions in high school-level mathematics.

The math contest emphasizes intuitive thinking rather than computational skill, without the use of calculators. Questions are selected from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, number theory, combinatorics, and probability and statistics.

In addition to the individual exam, there is a team round in which all members work on a set of problems in a given amount of time, and a final face-off round in which top-scoring individuals represent their team in an oral format.

Cal State Long Beach Math Professor James Stein will be the guest speaker.

Math Day at the Beach takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University Student Union Ballroom on the campus, located at 1250 Bellflower Blvd. in Long Beach. For additional information, visit www.csulb.edu/depts/math/mathday/index.htm.

Sponsors include the Beckman Coulter Foundation, LBS Financial Credit Union and other individual donors, along with CSULB’s Mathematics and Statistics Student Association, 49er Shops Inc., and Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

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