The College of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Wollongong in Dubai hosted the third Mathalon Fiesta this semester with over 250 students from varying undergraduate degrees in the university taking part in a fun-filled morning of competition, logic and calculation. The competition was organised to bring fun to learning maths for students and challenge them to apply mathematical solutions in innovative ways, said Mrs. Zeenath Khan, Math lecturer at the University and convenor of the event.
The event, which ran for three hours, consisted of three categories which students could register for depending on various aspects of Mathematics namely Foundation Math A, Foundation Math B and Discrete Maths. Each category had two rounds of questions. All the students took part in the elimination round and the top scorers went through to the finals. Besides solving the questions, students had to wager points depending on their confidence level; correct answers earned them point while incorrect answers cost points.
At the end of the final round, three winners were declared in each category each of whom received trophies, along with the top scorer who won vouchers courtesy of Gulf Films.".
In Category I, Chandi Ashok Gurnani, Neha Choudhary and Prachi Ankush Parab scored first, second and third position respectively, while Vidushi Celly scored the highest in the Elimination round; Marzieh Hosseini, Nakul Gupta and Ayushi Celly scored the positions in Category Il and Malvika Varma, Tania Hoque and Lokesh Mulrajani came first, second and third in Category III.
The organising team was led by Mrs. Zeenath Khan and consisted of Dr. Abdellatif Tchantchane, Dr. Halim Khelalfa and Mr. Jaspreet Singh. Dr. Kamal Jafar and Mrs. Nandini Kaul lent a hand with the judging process, and Mr. Rajith Attupurath assisted with the arrangements. The event was an excellent learning experience for the students as well as being a great opportunity to exercise their mathematics skills, said Dr. Lejla Vrazalic, Chair of the department.