February 16, 2000
CONTACT: Pat Wright, 661/664-2138 or pwright@csub.edu

CSUB Hosts Math Field Day For Prep Students

Nearly 400 high school students from throughout the state will match wits at the 29th annual Math Field Day March 4 at California State University, Bakersfield. They will compete in a program of events designed to challenge individuals and teams in tests of mathematical skills.

Teams are coming from Fresno, Antelope Valley, and San Luis Obispo, and from throughout Kern County to compete, said CSUB mathematics professor Leland Webb, who is coordinating the event. Ninth to 12th grade students will demonstrate their knowledge of mathematical concepts in a variety of contests.

Events in the competition include Chalk Talk, Individual and Team Medleys, Math Bowl, and a computer contest. Chalk Talk requires students to prepare a five to 10 minute presentation of a mathematical topic not commonly encountered in the high school curriculum. Individual Medley is a timed, written multiple-choice test of mathematical skills. Students may use graphing/programmable calculators in this event.

Similar to Individual Medley, Team Medley pits teams comprised of three students to solve several complex problems. Both are timed events and students may use calculators.

Math Bowl is a fast-paced event in which teams of four try to beat their opponents in solving math problems. Math Bowl, Team Medley, and Individual Medley contests will be held in Frosh-Soph division (for freshmen and sophomores) and in Varsity division (for juniors and seniors).

According to Webb, specific guidelines regarding use of calculators are being applied.

"We are following guidelines for the SAT/PSAT used by the Educational Testing Service concerning the use of calculators," Webb said. "The following types of calculators will not be permitted: pocket organizers, handheld or laptop computers, electronic writing pads or pen-input devices, models with a QWERTY, or typewriter, keypad. Calculators with letters on the keys are permitted as long as the keys are not arranged in QWERTY format. Any other type of calculator will be allowed."

Registration begins at 8:30 am in the Dore Theater. Events will be held in the Dore Theater, Dorothy Donahoe Hall, and Science Building. Math Bowl contests will be held in Dore Theater.

The program concludes with an award ceremony in Dore Theater, 3:30 p.m.

For more information about Math Field Day, call 661/664-3151.