LETU Math Team wins 1st place at College Calculus Bowl two years in a row
Fri, Apr 24 2009
The LeTourneau University Mathematics Team won
first place for the second consecutive year at the annual College Calculus Bowl, sponsored by the
Texas section of the Mathematical Association of America recently. The team traveled to the
University of North Texas in Denton April 16th to compete against seven other Texas university
teams, including Texas A&M Commerce, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, University of Texas at
Arlington, and Stephen F. Austin University.
The competition requires students to answer
questions using calculus with speed and accuracy. The competitors were allowed to use calculators.
The competition consisted of two preliminary rounds and one final round. The teams were
given multiple choice questions from topics in calculus. The first team to answer correctly
received 3 points, the second team 2 points, and the third team 1 point. All teams to answer
correctly after the third team did not receive any points. An incorrect answer cost the team
1 point. The maximum amount of time allowed for any question was 1 minute. The final
round consisted of 27 questions.
“I was pleased to be able to coach this
talented team of students who for the 2
nd year in a row won the calculus bowl competition,” said Dr. Steve Fast, the team
coach. Team members included Sam Hovan, junior math major from Elkhart, Indiana; Caleb Fast, junior
math major from Longview; Eric Anderson, junior math education major from Meadville, Pennsylvania;
Chris "Manhawk" Manhave, senior math major from Longview; and Jon Hersack, senior computer science
engineering major from San Antonio, Texas.