Three University of Texas at Tyler students received cash prizes at the 2008 Integration Bee recently held on campus, Dr. Jennifer McLoud-Mann, UT Tyler associate professor of mathematics, announced.
Lee Trammell of Tyler, a freshman double-majoring in mathematics and computer science, won the $75 first-place cash prize. Sophomore civil engineering major Justin Schminkey of Tyler placed second and won $50. Jiro Furukawa of Tyler, a senior double-majoring in mathematics and computer science, placed third and received $30.
The Integration Bee is similar to a spelling bee; however, instead of spelling words students work math integration problems.
"The problems used for this event are the techniques that a student learns in calculus I and II which involve u-substitution, integration by parts, trigonometric substitution and partial fraction decomposition," McLoud-Mann said.
Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled or have completed the university's calculus II course are able to compete.
Approximately 70 UT Tyler students participated in this year's event, which was sponsored by the UT Tyler Math Club.