“ Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. Albert Einstein”
The Mathematical Crusade 2019, an inter-school Mathematics symposium, was hosted by Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 14th December, 2019. 23 schools participated in the event sponsored by PolyMaxx India. The occasion was graced by the chief guest Mr Sanjeev Narang, Managing Director at Versatile Bonds Private Limited
The symposium served as a meeting ground for like-minded Mathematics enthusiasts and let them understand, use and appreciate Mathematics better in their day to day lives.
The events for the day were ‘Mathematics Quiz’, ‘Symphonies of Mathematics’, ‘Model Making’ and ‘Surprise Event’.
Mr. Anil Kathuria, Head of the Mathematics Department, Ms. S.K. Nagalakshmi and Ms. Tandeep Kaur, Ms. Shalini Monga, Ms. Ruby Bhattacharya, along with the Mathematics Department and students of the Mathematical Society, organized the event.
Model making required the participants to make a model on any Mathematical concept, thereby displaying their Mathematical aptitude, understanding and an innate sense of innovation. The event was judged by Dr(Mr) Raj Kumar, Assistant Professor of the Department of Mathematics, Kirori Mal College; Mr Ayush Venkatesh, DPS RK Puram alumnus (2017 batch) who is pursuing chemical engineering in IIT Delhi, and Ms Neeranjani Saxena also an alumnus (2018 batch) who is presently pursuing Economics Hons. from St Stephen’s.
The Mathematical Quiz, conducted in two rounds, was a test of sharp thinking, logic and problem solving skills. In the prelims, students solved questions pertaining to crossword trivia and logical reasoning. Participants flaunted their Mathematical acumen in order to win the nail biting close final round, which included four sub-rounds of math trivia, logical reasoning, the buzzer round and rapid fire. The event was presided over by members of the MatSoc.
Symphonies of Mathematics presented an opportunity to the participants to bring together their love of music and Mathematics. The mathematically inspired performances captivated the attention of the judges for the event. The event was judged by Mrs Arunima Das Gupta, former Senior Mathematics teacher at DPS RK Puram, and Mr Saksham Arora (alumnus from 2017 batch), a student at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, United States.
The Surprise Event consisted of three different rounds. Round 1 was a test of general mathematical questions and puzzles, and 14 teams out of 20 qualified for the 2nd round which judged the students in their ability to answer time-bound questions displayed on a projector. 5 teams qualified for the final round, also called the Code Breaker, where participants were asked to create a secret language using codes.
The valedictory commenced with the Principal Ms Vanita Sehgal felicitating the Chief Guest, Mr Sanjeev Narang. Following it was a performance by the winning team of Symphonies of Mathematics, wherein they used rhythmic music, rap and animated actions to encapsulate the mysterious and magical concept of a ‘circle’. Their performance induced hearty laughter and loud applause from the audience.
In her address, the Principal began by stating how she felt that it was common in many school students to drop Mathematics the moment they were given a chance to choose their subjects. However, life, according to her, did not become easier without mathematics , but on the contrary: mathematics made life easier. She emphasised on the importance of maths being a subject that was the very basis of every activity we undertake in life. She further expressed her appreciation towards the hardworking mathematics department and its diligent, creative students. She concluded by saying that it is unimportant to win; but what really matters is what one learns.
The annual Mathematics magazine of the school, Mathyard 2019, was formally released by the Principal Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Mr. Sanjeev Narang and the Head of the Mathematics Department Mr. Anil Kathuria and the teachers of the Mathematics Department.. The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Mr. Anil Kathuria, Head of the Mathematics Department, who congratulated the winners, participants and the MatSoc club members for their diligent and enthusiastic attitude towards conducting the event. He also thanked the members of the mathematics department for their efforts. The event concluded with the national anthem.
The results are as follows: