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Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at Oregon State University
Ashwin Sah, a ninth grader at Jesuit High School in Beaverton, Oregon, won $3,000 from the AMS and a TI-Nspire CX from Texas Instruments playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the 2014 Oregon Invitational Math Tournament held at Oregon State University on May 17. Ashwin, who finished second nationally two years in a row in MathCounts, was one of eight students selected based on their scores on tests given earlier in the day. Ashwin's schoolmate, Andrew Bai, was the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician runner-up, winning $500 and a TI-Nspire.
Here's Ashwin just after his victory (more videos just below):
A slideshow of photos from the games:
Created with flickr slideshow.
The contestants with Tom Dick, chair of the Oregon State University Department of Mathematics:
Contestants (left to right): Andrew Bai (Jesuit High School), Markab Han (Sunset High School), Andrew Yang (Westview High School), Ashwin Sah (Jesuit High School), Tyler Snook (Valley Catholic High School),
Over 150 students, teachers, and parents watched the game
One of the few occasions at which Who Wants to Be a Mathematician had a balcony.
Ashwin answered the Square-Off, a combinatorics question, very quickly, even before the choices were read. His answer was correct, which gave him another $500 and a chance at the Bonus Question worth $2,000. In the Bonus Round, he used his allotted three minutes to analyze the problem two different ways, each of which gave him the correct answer, which brought his cash winnings to $3,000.
Cash and Prizes
Here are all the prizes and cash won by the eight contestants in Who Wants to Be a Mathematician (each also won prizes in the Oregon Invitational Math Tournament):
Thanks very much to our sponsors: the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician technology sponsor Maplesoft, Texas Instruments, and John Wiley and Sons.
Thanks also to Tom Dick, to other members of the department, and to Sastry Pantula, dean of the College of Science, for arrangements and hospitality.
Photos by Darilyn Barney Merrill, instructor in the department, and by Mike Breen, AMS Public Awareness Office and host of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. Text: Breen as well. Video by Bill Butterworth, Who Wants to Be a Mathematician co-creator and technology wizard.
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