Normandale finishes first in Central Region in AMATYC National Student Math Competition

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

2015-16 AMATYC Contest Results

Normandale Community College finished 12th in the nation out of 186 teams and first in the Central Region in the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) Student Mathematics League competition for 2015-16.

Normandale was the only college from the region and state to place in the top 15 nationally. It also marked the second time in three years that Normandale has finished in the top 12 in the nation in this contest.

Quang Phung, a student from Normandale, finished third in the region out of 166 students, while Ben Novacek finished 15th. Normandale has finished first in the Central Region for seven years in a row. In the AMATYC competition, two-year colleges enter teams of five or more students.

The students are given examinations that are administered locally in October/November and February/March. Tests last one hour, and are administered during a one-day testing window.

The level of the tests is pre-calculus mathematics. Questions are taken from a standard syllabus in College Algebra and Trigonometry, and may involve pre-calculus algebra, trigonometry, synthetic and analytic geometry, and probability; questions that are completely self-contained may be included as well.

For scoring purposes, the top five contestants from each college are used for the overall score. There are two rounds, and the team's composition can change from one exam to the next.