The Integration Bee contest consists of one practice round and three elimination rounds in which participants find antiderivatives of given functions. As the contest progresses, the functions increase in complexity. The random participant order will be determined ahead of time.
- Practice Round: The Integration Bee will begin with a practice round in which each participant will “warm up” by evaluating one integral at the board. After each contestant has had the opportunity to try a practice integral, the competition will officially begin with Round 1.
- Round 1 (Single Elimination-Timed): This round will begin with two participants working simultaneously at the board to evaluate one integral. The integrals will be different but comparable in difficulty. Participants who evaluate the integral correctly in the allotted time of one minute will move on to Round 2. Those who do not will be eliminated from the competition. Round 1 will continue in this way until all participants have tried one integral.
- Round 2 (Single Elimination-Timed): This round features integrals of increased difficulty level and will operate in the same manner as Round 1. This round may be repeated until 3-5 contestants remain.
- Round 3 (Lightning Round-Not Timed): In this round, the remaining 3-5 participants will work on integrals of the highest difficulty level. All participants will work on the same integral at the same time. The participant who correctly evaluates the integral fastest will earn one point. The first participant to earn three points will win the Integration Bee; he/she will be crowned the “Integration Champion”.
- Lifelines: In Round 2, participants can refer to one lifeline in the audience for help. A lifeline can be any individual who is not participating in the contest, including designated Moraine Valley math instructors. The participant will go into the audience to confer with a lifeline, but the contestant may not write anything down during this conference. The clock keeps running during this time.
- Prizes: Special prizes will be awarded for 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place.
Note to contestants: PLEASE COME ABOUT 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE START OF THE BEE SO THAT YOU MAY GET A NAMETAG, MEET THE OTHER CONTESTANTS , . . . THIS WILL ALSO ENSURE THAT THE BEE STARTS ON TIME.
The following is a list of problems that focus on the integration techniques that all participants in the Integration Bee should know: integration of polynomial; trigonometric, exponential, rational, and radical functions; u-substitution; inverse trigonometric functions; integration by parts; partial fractions; powers of trigonometric functions; and trigonometric substitution.
The 15th annual Richard A. Fritz Integration Bee was held on April 4,2016. Congratulations to this year’s winners!
1st place: Henry Han
2nd Place: Mourad Abdelrehim
The Integration Bee champions (left to right): Peter Granato, Mourad Abdelrehim (Second Place), Phil Carr, Charbel Karaziwan, Daniel Dore, Kai Qi, Henry Han (Winner), Maciej Machaj
The annual integration bee gives Moraine Valley students a chance to show off their mathematics skills and earn prizes along the way! The 13th annual Richard A. Fritz Integration Bee was held on April 1,2015 and was an exciting display of mathematical talent. Congratulations to this year’s winners!
1st place: Jamie Kraus
2nd Place: Yuma Yamamoto
12th Annual Integration Bee Winners
The math department would like to thank everyone involved and congratulate the winners!
1st place: Hiu Yan Ip
2nd place: Jamie Kraus, Nour Baloot, and Mei Yin Chan