Lyon students win at UA Little Rock’s Math Day

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Lyon students win at UA Little Rock’s Math Day

Lyon College participated in UA Little Rock’s Math Day 2019 for the first time and left with two wins.

The students first competed in the Calculus Bowl, an individual event where participants had 30 to 45 minutes to solve 15 math problems, followed by the second event, Math Jeopardy.

The team won the Math Jeopardy competition, and math student Kyle Rose received an honorable mention in the Calculus Bowl.

Rose said winning honorable mention “isn't too bad for a first-timer.”

As for Math Jeopardy, the team said they were happy with their win.

“It felt very good to win the Math Jeopardy competition [because] I knew more than I expected to of the material in the competition,” said math student Benjamin Smith.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Tharanga Wijetunge said Lyon received an invitation from UA Little Rock, and he reached out to his students about competing.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity for students to get involved,” Wijetunge said. “We had a couple of practice sessions, and the students enjoyed solving outside-the-classroom math problems.”

Wijetunge said he and his students plan to compete next year.

“I am, and my students are confident that we can bring the individual event trophy next year,” he said.

Lyon students Rose, Johnathan Brightwell, Smith, and Michael Humphrey competed on a team, joined by Jason Hendrix from Harding University and Faruq Hammed from Philander Smith College.