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Tam Defeats Ten in Integration Bee

By Sarah Y. Keightley
News Editor

Eleven students competed for the title of MIT's 1993 Grand Integrator last night in 54-100.

After seven rounds and one lightning round, Sunny Tam G was proclaimed the winner of the Independent Activities Period Integration Bee. He competed because he "just wanted to have fun." He added that he was glad not to have made any algebraic mistakes.

Jorge A. Calvo '93 administered the contest this year.

The competition actually began last week when all students were invited to take a written test. According to Calvo, of the 30 students who took the test, 12 moved on to last night's round. To advance, students needed to correctly integrate 15 of the 20 problems on the written test.

The bee gave students "a chance to satisfy their masochistic tendencies during IAP," Calvo said. The bee began with Calvo introducing the 11 finalists (one never showed up). He noted that these students voluntarily took the test last Tuesday.

Each round consisted of Calvo writing an integral on the board. A contestant then had one minute and 30 seconds to solve it at the board. If the contestant could not solve the problem, the next person had one minute to solve it. If this person could not solve the integral, the third person had 30 seconds. The question was declared null if the third person was unable to solve it.

This continued for seven rounds until all but three competitors were eliminated. These three then participated in a lightning round where they had to solve the same integral at the board. Here, both speed and accuracy were important.

Second-place winner Zubair A. Talib '96 said he entered the competition by accident. He went to the first round last week thinking it was a seminar given by the math department. He was quite surprised when he was handed a blue book and the test.

Yitwah Cheung '94 was the third-place winner. The other finalists were Paul W. Fieguth G, Michael S. Keynes '93, Catalina E. Laplaza '95, David B. Pecora '95, Eugene Shuster '96, former Grand Integrator Christopher M. Teixeira G, Nathan C. Wilmes '96, and Mario A. Yearwood '96.

The Integration Bee is an annual IAP event; however, there was no contest last year.