Solving the MATH Challenge

A team from Alma College wins the 2015 MATH Challenge with a score of 94 points out of a possible 100.

Alma College has sponsored the MATH Challenge, a team-oriented competition for college students, for the past 21 years. And now, for the first time, a team from Alma has won the event.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, the team of Jack Regan, sophomore from Noblesville, IN, Dalton Potter, senior from Grand Rapids, and Luke Bent, senior from Marysville, PA, competed against 74 other teams from 28 different institutions and won the competition with a score of 94 points out of a possible 100.

“All three of these students are intellectually curious and good problem-solvers,” says Timothy Sipka, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The 10-question, three-hour exam, which is taken on each school’s home campus under the supervision of a faculty advisor, covers a variety of topics including logic, probability, combinatorics and geometry.

The top 10 teams were:

1. Alma College 94
2. Kalamazoo College 89
3. DePauw University (IN) 74
    University of Michigan-Flint 74
5. Colgate University (NY) 73
6. Wheaton College (IL) 71
7. Albion College 67
8. Wheaton College (IL) 63
9. Albion College 60
10. Taylor University (IN) 58

Story published on November 25, 2015