Mathematics
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Competitions

Pellissippi State students have exciting math-related extracurricular activities and contests available to them. If you enjoy problem-solving, friendly competition or even the chance to win a cash prize, join the Math Department for Pellissippi State’s annual Math Bowl and get involved with the Student Mathematics League.

  • The Math Bowl is an annual, statewide competition sponsored by the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. The contest is open to any students currently enrolled in or completed with any grade level, five categories of math classes: Developmental Algebra, Precalculus, Statistics, Calculus A and
    Calculus B.

    Developmental Algebra contestants can be enrolled in or have completed DSPM 0890 or 0850, MATH 0800 or 0820 and those currently enrolled in MATH 1030. Precalculus is open to MATH 1830, 1910 and 1920 students, or students in math classes below calculus level. Statistics is open to all students who have not taken a second-semester stats course. Calculus A is open to MATH 1910 and 1830 students and Calculus B is open to all eligible students but recommended for MATH 1920 students or above.

    Students may use calculators that don’t perform symbolic manipulations (TI-89, TI-92, TI-Nspire and TI-Voyage aren't allowed). Books, notes, laptops and other Internet-accessible devices may not be used. Students must bring their own calculator and pencil.

    Visit here for more information and to register for the Math Bowl.

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    2016 Math Bowl Winners
    L-R: Ethan Vals, Andrew Hendershott, Son Quang, Lily Turaski, Liam Schenk, Rebekah Meece


  • The Student Mathematics League, founded in 1970 at Nassau Community College, is an international competition among two-year colleges covering topics such as geometry, algebra, trigonometry, statistics and probability. The competition is open to students enrolled in a two-year college who have not received an associate’s degree or higher.

    The competition consists of two rounds of individual tests, usually consisting of 20 multiple choice questions. Questions are usually at the precalculus level. Tests are scored by a system through which correct responses earn two points, blank responses receive zero and incorrect responses lost half a point. The five highest scores of each round constitute a team’s score.

    Students must arrive before the test begins and must stay the entire time the test is given. Any graphing calculator that doesn't have a QWERTY keyboard is permitted, but devices must not have Internet capability. TI-92, TI-Nspire, cell phones and laptops are not permitted. Students must bring their own pencil and calculator.

    Visit here for more information and registration for the Student Mathematics League.

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    2017 Student Math League Round 2 Top Finishers
    L-R: Son Quang, Bohdan Makarchuk, Lily Turaski, Robert Weber

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    Ian Cannon


  • Pellissippi State also hosts the Oak Ridge Associated Universities sponsored Middle School Mathematics Contest. The Middle School Math Contest is held on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley campus each year and is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students, as well as home-schooled and independent students.

    Students compete based on grade level, not course level, and are given one 60-minute test including between 30 and 35 challenging questions. Students may bring pencils and a calculator.

    There is no cost to compete. The top 20 students at each grade level will be recognized with prizes ranging from $500 to $10. For more information, visit www.orau.org or see 2014’s winners here.