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561-297-1307, patsyj@fau.edu

FAU to Host Third Annual Math Day

Event Hosts Individual and Team Competitions for Local High School Students

BOCA RATON , FL (March 28, 2007) – The Florida Atlantic University Department of Mathematics in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will host its third annual FAU Math Day.   The event will take place on Saturday, April 14 in the auditorium of the Barry Kaye College of Business, on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.   Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Math Day event features individual and team competitions which offer high school students from Palm Beach, Broward, Martin and Dade counties the unique opportunity to interact with each other and with the FAU faculty and students.   The individual competitions will take place from 9 to 10:15 a.m., and the team competitions will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Glenn Govertsen, an award winning high school physics teacher whose innovative ways of bringing physics and mathematics alive have made him a popular figure among students and teachers, will perform a light show illustrating the properties of several higher order mathematical curves from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Dr.   Heinz-Otto Peitgen, professor of mathematics and biomedical sciences at FAU and the University of Bremen, Germany, will be featured as the keynote speaker from 1:50 to 2:45 p.m. He is one of the world's foremost authorities on fractals and the theory of chaos. Peitgen is particularly interested in applications of mathematics to medicine, but also is concerned with the teaching aspects of mathematics.  

During Math Day, participating high school students will listen to talks on mathematical topics, receive information on potential careers and have the opportunity to share their appreciation for mathematics.   Awards will be given out in the amount of $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place for the individual event, and $500 for the winning school in the team competition.   There also will be a Sudoku competition and a math trivia challenge in the afternoon.  

For more information, contact Karen Katonah at 561-297-1324 or kkatonah@fau.edu.

-FAU-

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