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First-year students and sophomores are invited to enter the 2002 Individual Barge Mathematics Contest 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in 201 Pardee Hall.

Free lunch is provided. No registration is required.

Problems are of varying levels of difficulty, emphasizing mathematical ingenuity and insight. Prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third.

Samples problems include:
1) What is the 2000th number in the sequence 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5?
2) Among any group of six people, say why there must be three people who are all from the same country or three people from three different countries.

For more information, contact Chawne Kimber, assistant professor of mathematics, at x5269 or

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