BYU-Idaho hosts regional math competition

March 20, 2012

Writer: Spencer Allen

The Department of Mathematics at Brigham Young University-Idaho will host the second annual Math Day, March 21, for high school students interested in mathematics.

Five regional high schools will attend with approximately 100 students participating. The day will include a calculus or pre-calculus test, a bridge building contest (which will apply technical skills), and presentations by on-campus academic societies. "We want to share with students the many opportunities that can come from participating in applied mathematics," shares Bonnie Moon, instructor in the Department of Mathematics.

The annual Math Day started as a hope to strengthen ties between the department and area high schools. Moon and other instructors are expecting to see an increase in the applied math program in the near future. "With so many majors using applied math and the BYU-Idaho student population increasing, we're confident we'll see an increase in numbers," said Moon. "In addition, Math Day gives students an opportunity to come and shine in a subject they have a passion for."