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The Lookout | February 28, 2021

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Math contest features great rewards

Math contest features great rewards
The Lookout

By Idman Gabayre
Staff Writer

Students attending community or technical colleges are invited to participate in a yearly mathematics contest sponsored by The American Mathematical Association.

Michael Pemberton, assistant professor of math at LCC, explained the rules of the contest.

“Anyone that is in community colleges across the country can compete in this competition,” Pemberton said. “So I am encouraging anyone that is in my pre-calculus or above to compete for LCC because we have a team.”

The exam will be 60 minutes long and consist of 20 multiple choice, pre-calculus level questions. All calculators, not including TI-92 and Voyage 200, will be permitted for all participants during the contest.

The competition will be held Friday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Arts & Sciences Building, room 111/112.

Pemberton said the scoring system includes two points for each correct answer, minus half a point for each incorrect answer and no points for questions left blank.

”Anyone can compete, but the top five scores make up our team score,” Pemberton said. “We will be competing against other community colleges in Michigan and across the Midwest and the nation.

“The top score across the country receives a $3,000 scholarship from the organization, AMATYC (American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges).”

Alejandro Morejon, a student at LCC, said the contest sounds like a fun challenge.

“The math league seems like a cool way to test yourself in math and win something for your hard work and dedication to the subject,” Morejon said.