NCS-MAA Team Math Contest
November 10, 2001
Each fall, the North Central Section of the Mathematical
Association of America holds a mathematics contest for undergraduates.
Teams of at most three students work collectively on a set of ten problems
for three hours. The problems are scored at ten points for each, so that
a perfect set of solutions gives a score of 100. This year, there were
66 teams from 22 schools located in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Alberta, and
Manitoba. The Unversity of Minnesota (Twin Cities) sponsored four teams
for the contest this year.
We are pleased to report that one of our teams, with team
members Brian Jacobson, Derek Larson, and Kristin Shimin, took first place
with perfect score of 100 - the only team to obtain a perfect score. Our
other three teams, which included Ian Bui, Philip Carlton, Peter Dryud,
Michel D'Sa, Michael Erlewine, Tim Lee, John Pham and Mathew Steuck, also
placed well. We note that in the year 2000 contest, one of our teams also
took first place. The members then were Brian Jacobson, Derek Larson and
On behalf of the School of Mathematics, I would like to
congratulate the teams members who did so well. Thanks also go to Professors
Charles McCarthy and Karel Prikry who administered the test.
Gennady Lyubeznik, Professor of Mathematics & University
of Minnesota contest coordinator
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