WRITER: MARTI TIEDEMAN
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
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Release: June 11, 1999
National math competition held at University of Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa Two Iowa teams competed along with
103 other teams competed in the 24th American Regions Mathematics
League competition that occurred on the campus of the University of Iowa and
two other universities as well as two other sites on June 5.
Of the teams representing Iowa, team A ranked 13th
in Division B in the overall scoring and team B ranked 51st in
the same division. The overall winner of the competition was the San Francisco
Bay A team. Teams are placed in divisions based on their overall performances,
with Division A consisting of the top teams.
ARML is a national mathematics competition in which teams
of 15 high school students from all parts of the United States and Canada
challenge one another in abstract problem-solving. The math involved is at
or beyond the college calculus level.
The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International
Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development has sponsored the event
at the UI since 1991. In addition to the UI campus, Penn State and the University
of Nevada-Las Vegas campuses simultaneously held the competition this year.
Susan Assouline, Ph.D., associate director of the Belin-Blank
Center, said the ARML is a good opportunity for high school students.
"A lot of people think competition is bad,"
said Assouline. "However, this is very positive. Its a thing where
kids can compete individually in mathematics but then also come together and
work as a team. Kids love it."
The competition involves four rounds. In the Team Round,
members work together to attempt to correctly answer 10 questions in 20 minutes.
Points are given for each correct answer.
The Power Question Round requires teams to work a multi-part
problem that focuses on some mathematical idea. Teams have one hour to work
the examples and provide proofs. Lynbrook High School of California received
the Harry Ruderman award for top score in this contest.
In the Individual Round, participants have 10 minutes
to individually work on eight problems. The four top individual scorers were
Gabriel Carroll of the San Francisco Bay A team, Reid Barton of the Massachusetts
A team, Lawrence Detler of the New York City A team, and Austin Shapiro of
the San Francisco Bay A team. All four scored a perfect eight in this contest.
In the Relay Round,
teams break up into three-person sub-teams, and each member is responsible
for a component of a multi-part question. Each team ends with a single answer.
"Its neat to see about 350 kids heading
towards the Field House on a Saturday morning for a competition," said
Assouline. "Once you see what kids can do and you put them into things
like this, they rise to the challenge."
A complete list of the team results can be found at
the ARML Web page at http://www.armlmath.org/