Welcome to the 2024 University of Pittsburgh Undergraduate Integration Bee Webpage
What, When and Where: The 2024 Pitt Integration Bee will take place on Friday, March 22nd at 7 PM in Alumni Hall Room 343.
Who: Everyone is welcome to attend. Participation is open to any Pitt undergraduate student.
How: To participate, students MUST REGISTER by filling this Google form. On a first come, first served basis, registrations can be taken as long as the form is active.
Prizes: $200 in bookstore certificates will be distributed among all winners (see competition rules below).
Contact: If you have any questions, email Dr. Linhong Wang at lhwang@pitt.edu.
Who Again: This event is organized by Dr. Linhong Wang, hosted by Pitt Math Club, and sponsored by University of Pittsburgh Frederick Honors College and Department of Mathematics.
Examples of integrals from other Integration Bees:
Official Rules for the Competition:
1) Participants must correctly evaluate indefinite or definite single variable integrals in the time allotted.
2) Participants will take turns working. In the first round, the first participant will have 2 minutes to evaluate an integral. If this is not done correctly, then the second participant will have 1 minute on the same integral. If the next answer is incorrect, the third will have 30 seconds on this integral. If all three answer incorrectly, then a new integral will be given to the fourth contestant and the sequence repeats. If the integral is evaluated correctly, the next participant gets a new integral and 2 minutes. In the second round, the same algorithm is followed for the first two students per integral but integrals will not go to 3 students.
3) Each participant is allowed one lifeline during the competition. He/she may call timeout and consult with anyone in the audience on relevant integration techniques for 20 seconds before proceeding. The lifeline cannot simply state the answer to a problem. The participant cannot write during this consultation.
4) If a participant misses an integral, then he/she is eliminated from the competition.
5) After the first two rounds, the remaining contestants will all race to compute a given integral. The first four contestants to compute this integral will advance to the final tournament bracket. Preliminary rankings are based on who solved the integral the fastest.
6) Ranks 1 and 4 will compete a given integral head-to-head with a limited time. The first to submit the correct answer advances. If the answer of one contestant is incorrect, the other contestant will have the remainder of the time to submit an answer. If neither answers correctly in the limited time, a new integral is posted. Ranks 2 and 3 will do the same. The two winners advance to the final round. The winner of the final round is the winner of the competition -- 2nd place goes to the other finalist, while 3rd and 4th are the two other bracket qualifiers, where the tiebreaker is determined by their preliminary ranking.
7) Prizes will be given to the participants who make it to the final tournament bracket.