*Who Wants to Be a Mathematician* at the 2012 ARML Competition at Penn State

"I really appreciate that you made this opportunity available to the students at ARML. Thank you for running this."

"Thanks for working so hard to organize the event! We were glad to have you at ARML."

(Left to right: Dhroova Aiylam, Saarik Kalia, Jonathan Tsai, and Vivian He)

A team from **Western Massachusetts** (above) won US$3200 and four TI-Nspire CX graphing calculators playing a team version of *Who Wants to Be a Mathematician* at the 2012 American Regions Mathematics League competition at Pennsylvania State University on Friday, June 1. Just before the start of *Who Wants to Be a Mathematician*, torrential rain fell on the campus, which resulted in some very wet contestants and audience members. The weather also caused two of the teams who were scheduled to play to miss the game, so each game featured three teams, instead of the usual four. Almost all of the contestants are pictured below (the AAST/Bergen team was still getting soaked when the picture was taken).

**Game one **

The Vermont team |

Left: The AAST/Bergen team; Above: the team from Western Massachusetts |

In game one, Vermont led at the halfway point, 50 points ahead of Western Massachusetts. The latter team took the lead after question five and held first place for the rest of the game. All the contestants answered the very difficult final question about combinatorics, and a little geometry, correctly. The win earned the Western Mass team $600 and four TI-Nspire CX graphing calculators.

**Game two**

Left: Upstate New York team; Above: Lehigh Valley team |

Lehigh Valley led throughout game two, although it was very close. Upstate New York and Central Jersey each spent time in second place, with Central Jersey (at left) being within 50 points of first going into the last question. The Lehigh Valley team performed better on the last question and won game two (and the same prizes that Western Mass won in game one) by 450 points. |

(Left to right: Pheobe Cai, Eric Schneider, and Anderson Wang. Not pictured: Matt Rauen, who had to rush off to another event)

Western Mass and Lehigh Valley went against each other in the Square-Off Round. It was very close, but Western Mass signaled in first with the correct answer to win another $600 and a chance at the $2000 Bonus Question. The team worked intensely on the Bonus Question, which involved geometry and algebra, and answered correctly to add $2000 to its winnings.

**Prizes**

Here are the prizes won by the teams:

**Four TI-Nspire****CX's**from**Texas Instruments**and**$3200 from the AMS**: Western Massachusetts**FourTI-Nspire****CX's**from**Texas Instruments**and**$600 from the AMS**: Lehigh Valley**Four copies of Maple 16**from**Maplesoft**: Vermont All Stars (Zachary Farr, Tyler Gray, Vivian Huang, and Kevin Wang) and Central Jersey (Phillip Ai, Louis Brown, Matthew Stone, and Jessica Zhang)**Four copies of Calculus**by Anton, Bivens and Davis, from**John Wiley and Sons**: AAST/Bergen (Andrew Cho, Abhiram Gogate, Steven Kwon, and Vivian Xu) and Upstate New York (Matthew Babbitt, Cecilia Holodak, Doug Knowles, and Ben Lowenstein)

The AMS thanks sponsors Texas Instruments, Maplesoft, and John Wiley and Sons for supporting *Who Wants to Be a Mathematician*.

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Photographs above by Bill Butterworth (*Who Wants to Be a Mathematician* co-creator and judge, DePaul University Department of Mathematics and Statistics) and Mike Breen (*Who Wants to Be a Mathematician* host and AMS Public Awareness Officer). Text by Mike Breen.