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SCF’s Math Team Wins State Mathematics Olympics

(Bradenton, Fla., May 4, 2017) — The math team forState College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) won the state championship at Mathematics Olympics April 15 at the University of North Florida, taking first place in both individual and team competition.

Wentao Yuan placed first in the individual competition. Yuan, Stephenie Krum, Caio Richmond and Donald Humphrey placed first in the team competition.  

The math team from SCF Venice was made up of Yuan, Krum, Richmond, Humphrey, Tim Nail and Kyle Trogden. Professors Catherine Panik and Claire Geiger served as team coaches. The students spent many hours practicing for the competition individually and as a group.

The state competition consists of a three-part test covering math topics such as Calculus, Probability, Logic, Number Theory and Trigonometry. The first part is a 90-minute individual test, followed by a 45-minute, 10-question test that requires a graphing calculator. The final round of the competition is the team portion, in which all members work together on 10 questions. The team has 10 minutes to answer each question.

The competition, sponsored by the University of North Florida Math-Statistics Department and the Florida Two-Year College Mathematics Association, includes individual and team awards. To win a team award, individual test scores are calculated and weighed equally with the team score.

For information, contact Panik, mathematics professor, at 941-408-1491 or panikc@scf.edu

Stephenie Krum, Caio Richmond, Wentao Yuan, Ryan Hale, dean for Venice Campus, Catherine Panik, team coach, Dr. Carol Probstfeld, SCF president, and Tim Nail.

From left: Stephenie Krum, Caio Richmond, Wentao Yuan, Ryan Hale, dean for Venice Campus, Catherine Panik, team coach, Dr. Carol Probstfeld, SCF president, and Tim Nail.

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