Dordt College News

Area high schools compete in math competition

March 14, 2011

“Let N be the product of the factors of 1102. How many factors does N have?” On March 5, five high school math teams answered this question and dozens more like it at the Great Plains Math League event sponsored by Dordt College.

Unity Christian High School took first place. Western Christian High School took second place. Other teams included Bishop Garrigan High School, Algona; South O’Brien High School, Paullina; and Trinity Christian High School, Hull.

Contestants that meet a base score are invited to the state competition on April 16. This year, the two participants who qualified to advance were David Van Beek from Unity Christian and Derek Hofland from Western Christian.

There were several rounds that include a team test and an individual sprint test, among others. A relay test was a bustle of activity where each person played an integral role in solving one step of a problem before passing the answer to the next contestant, who then used this answer (right or wrong) to answer the next round of questions.

Dordt College sponsors this event annually, with faculty and students volunteering to oversee the competition and check answers.

Dordt offers degrees in over 90 programs of study, including a major in mathematics that includes a variety of courses in computer science. High-level mathematics is vital to many parts of society, including health care, weather forecasting, space exploration, and special effects for movies and video games. Dordt’s mathematics faculty provides personalized, high-quality instruction from a Christian perspective.

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