University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Sponsored by the American Mathematical Society

Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 10:00am

Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center

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Minnesota Math Students Compete for $2000


Minnesota students will prove that math is fun and rewarding when they compete in Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, Tuesday, October 23 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hubert H. Humphrey Center's Cowles Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus (west bank). The student contestants can win up to $2000 in cash by answering multiple choice mathematics questions.

Contestants for the game are:

  • Rohit Agrawal (Wayzata)
  • Nathan Bertram (Becker)
  • Alex Fish (Bloomington Jefferson)
  • Kyle Husebye (Stillwater)
  • Paul Kravik (Minnehaha Academy)
  • Perihan MacDonald (St. Paul Central)
  • Calli Thompson (Stillwater)
  • Justin Wheeler (Hill-Murray)

At 10:00 a.m., Douglas N. Arnold, Director of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, will give a talk entitled Start Seeing Mathematics! about visualization of complex numbers and functions.

Who Wants to be a Mathematician is a game of skill and excitement patterned on the TV show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The game rewards math performance while at the same time having fun. The American Mathematical Society has been performing the game for over six years at locations from Boston to Honolulu, but this is the first chance for Minnesota high school students to play. The contest, which is free and open to the public, will last about one hour.

More information can be found in this press release.