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Professional math tutor helping students get comfortable with math through contest

Often the concepts of algebra, calculus, geometry and trigonometry conjure up painful memories of mind-boggling formulas and nervous test taking. But, professional math tutor David Williams says, “Math can be fun.”

To prove his point, Williams has conducted the 12th annual community-wide math contest which he calls “Mathmindedness.”

Taking top honors at this year’s event was David Moore, a student at Austin-East High School, who has won the contest two years in a row. Miao Yu, a Bearden High School senior placed second in the contest. Other finalists were, Sneha Bhat, Kimbra Hoehn and Conner Sears of West Valley Middle School, and Shanda King of Christian Academy of Knoxville.

The contest is for students of high school through intermediate school. Entry forms were given to area math teachers and distributed to the students in January. The entry form consists of approximately 17 questions. Students are allowed to use a calculator, math books and reference material, but are required to complete the material on their own. An example of a question is to challenge students to determine the weight of an airplane without using a scale.

Williams, who has been a member of the Math Association for 20 years tutors, students of all ages and tries to realign their fear of math. “When you look at math from a practical standpoint and not as a bunch of numbers, you learn to appreciate how important math is to everyone in their everyday lives,” he said.

The awards were presented on Wednesday, April 14, at the City/County Building. Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam attended the ceremony and declared April 12-16 “Mathmindedness Week.” Prizes such as 3-D puzzles and mazes were awarded to the winners.

Questions or comments about the math contest or tutoring services can be directed to David Williams at 588-2268 after 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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