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The team of Farah Arabe ’04, a mechanical engineering major from Lima, Peru, and computer science majors Alex Balan ’03 (Bucharest , Romania) and Devin Wallace ’02 (Ridgefield, Conn.) took first place in the fall semester Barge Mathematics Competition, receiving a $600 prize.

Seven teams of three to five students handed in the full set of solutions for the eight weeks in which a weekly problem was posed for the math department contest.

The second place team, which received $450, was comprised of electrical and computer engineering major Guangxi Wang ’03 (Shanghai, China), math major Dan Swarr ’02 (Clifton Park, N.Y.), and electrical and computer engineering major Gregg Berman ’02 (New Milford, Conn.).

Finishing third and receiving $300 were physics major Tim Bragdon ’04 (Rahway, N.J.); math major Tim Fargus ’02 (Stafford Springs, Conn.), and computer science major Jon-Paul Marnien ’02 (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Competitors are permitted to consult with books, computers, and other resources to solve the problems, but not faculty. The problems usually involve some ingenuity or insight and generally do not rely on much background information from previous courses. The topics range over all areas of mathematics: probability, geometry, number theory, combinatorics, algebra, calculus, etc.

A 1903 donation of $2,500 from Benjamin F. Barge funds the competition as well as the Benjamin F. Barge Mathematical Prize for a first-year student or sophomore.

The spring semester Barge Mathematics Competition will begin in the second or third week of classes.

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