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IUPUI Math Contest Offers Cash Prizes for Area High School Students

Release Date: 
Mar 30 2009

(March 30, 2009) - In a triangle, the length of one side a is equal to one third of the sum of the lengths of the other two sides b and c. Show that the angle opposite side a is the smallest.

Would you try to solve this math problem for $500? Area high school students will.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences in the School of Science at IUPUI is hosting the 12th annual High School Mathematics Contest for high school students in central Indiana. Contestants are presented with four mathematics problems and one short essay relating to an application of mathematics to game theory. IUPUI mathematics professors created the questions and will judge all the entries. Student submissions will be judged based on elegance of the solution as well as accuracy of the answer.

Prizes include one $500 first-place prize, five $200 second-place prizes and 10 $100 third-place prizes. Additionally, students who earn a cash prize will also receive a $2,500 renewable scholarship to attend full-time the School of Science at IUPUI. Honorable mention students will receive a gift, and all entrants earn a certificate.

For more information about the contest, including the questions and instructions for entering, visit the Math Department website at www.math.iupui.edu. The contest deadline is April 17, 2009.