Normandale Community College finished 7th in the nation out of 193 teams and first in the Central Region in the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) Student Mathematics League competition for 2016-17.
Normandale was the only college from the region and state to place in the top 10 nationally. It also was the second time in four years that Normandale finished in the top 10. Normandale also finished first in the Central Region out of 17 teams. Kyle Hayes, a student from Normandale, finished first in the region out of 154 students, while Kenny Peng finished fourth. Connor Meany and Ted Dang also tied for 17th place. Normandale has finished first in the Central Region for eight 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.