Registration now open for State math competition

By Velma Crochet

Volunteer State Community College is participating in Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (TYMTYC) state competition on Nov. 19-21. Students can sign up through the announcement in their eLearn.

The competition is open to any student who has not earned a two-year degree or higher, part-time students are eligible according to Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Lingli Ni.

The competition is comprised of five examinations administered locally at each college. The examination the student must take for the competition will last one hour. If the student is taking; math 1130, 1630, 1710, 1720 and 1730 they will take the precalculus test; math 1005, 1010, 1410 and 1420 the student will take the survey of mathematics test; math 1830 or 1910 they will take the calculus A test; math 1920, 2010 and 2110 they will take the Calculus B test; math 1530 they will take the statistics test according to the announcement sent to all the students in eLearn.

“For the first time, we are going to have two locations for TMATYC math competition, one at the Gallatin campus and one at the Cookeville campus,” said Ni.

The test dates for all five tests are, Nov. 19, Tuesday, for the precalculus test, Nov.20, Wednesday, for the tests of survey of math, calculus A and calculus B or Nov. 21, Thursday, for the statistics test. All test will take place in the Learning Commons Breakout Room located in the Thigpen building room 125/126 or at the Cookeville campus. Please come between 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. to take the one-hour test, bring your calculator said Ni.

“We want to make a difference to students by showing them what they can achieve with their knowledge, what we are offering here at Vol State, and we are passionate about math competitions,” said Ni.

Jonathan Kenigson, Instructor of Mathematics at VSCC since the fall of 2017 said if a student would like to take a practice test before the competition all they have to do is meet with one of the four coordinators Lingli Ni, Leah Frauendienst, Elizabeth Forrester and himself to up a time to take it.

TMATYC awards 15 cash prizes for the top three contestants from each exam. The cash prizes awarded will be in the amount of $75, $50 or $30. The top ten contestants from each exam are recognized. Vol State students win the top three prizes every year and students benefit from the experience very much, said Ni.

Starting this year, Math and Science division will be awarding prizes of $35, $25, and $15 to the top three winners among our own students. There will be an award ceremony for the winners on Dec. 13, 4 p.m. in the Learning Commons. Everyone is cordially invited to celebrate VSCC students’ accomplishments, said Ni.

“TMATYC math competition is only in Tennessee, with six community colleges participating,” said Ni.

“I have worked at VSCC for almost six years. I started to manage the VSCC math competition in 2017. In TMATYC math competition, we were doing very well in 2017, and we had 60+ students who participated in 2018, which is a record-high number of participations in five years. In order to have more winners, we need student and faculty participation,” said Ni.