Gannon University Hosts Successful Inaugural Differentiation Bee
Posted: February 10, 2015
In November 65 talented high school mathematicians came to
Gannon University for the inaugural Differentiation Bee. The
students, formed into 22 teams representing six local schools
(Cathedral Prep, Fairview, General McLane, Harbor Creek, Iroquois,
and Kennedy Catholic) engaged in a high-level competition to answer
challenging calculus problems.
There was more at stake than mere pride. Members of the winning
team from Harbor Creek High School each received a $1000
scholarship should they choose to attend Gannon University. The
runner-up teams from Iroquois and Fairview also received prizes for
Proving that the math whizzes can be pretty good with words,
too, prizes were given to the team with the most creative name. A
team from Harbor Creek, the Riemann Chums (a pun on the Riemann
sums used in calculus), won that one.
This year's Differentiation Bee was a response to the successful
Integration Bee that was created by Gannon mathematics professor
David Prier, Ph.D. held last year. Differential calculus is one of
the two traditional divisions of calculus (integral calculus
is the other).