Clue: An annual event where cadets competed for vouchers to the school’s canteen and Chick-Fil-A.
Answer: What is The Math Jeopardy Contest for Freshmen?
After two rounds of math questions, lasting just over two hours, team “Crystal Math” went home with the first place prize. This year, three teams made up of 11 cadets competed in the event. “Floating Point Integers” came in second place and “Fracturing Fractals” placed third.
In the first round, “Crystal Math” pulled ahead, answering question after question. In the second round, the other two teams started to catch back up, but the big prize still went to “Crystal Math” in the end.
“This year’s participants were very enthusiastic about their responses, often continuing to talk about the question after it had been answered. There were also times when there would be absolute silence as the students worked to figure out the problem before the two minute timer ran out. We had one response that lost points for a wrong answer as they forgot to phrase it as a question, but that only happened once,” said Cadet Elizabeth Spoehel, one of this year’s organizers.
The topics covered in the competition included: Lazy Day Limits, Allegedly Difficult Antiderivatives, Intriguing Intervals, and Continuity Curiosities.
The Math Jeopardy Contest for Freshmen is hosted by The Department of Mathematical Sciences. Those who compete are studying a variety of majors, ranging from Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering and more.
The cadets who participated this year are:
|Crystal Math||Fracturing Fractals||Floating Point Integers|
|Grayson Gasque||William Childress||Mathew Daugomah|
|Will Jensen||William Hobbs||Alexander Delorme|
|Dylan Roland||Jared Johnson||Noah Wells|
|Eric Skinner||Jake Norris|