2011 High School Brain Bowl

By: Amy Long
By: Amy Long

Let's see if you can answer this:

The path "Y" of a thrown ball is represented as a function of time by the equation: "Y" equals negative two "T" squared, plus 8 "T" plus 11. Calculate the initial velocity of the ball in units per second.

If you can't get it, you're not alone. But these students may have you beat.

For the first time, the 2011 Big Bend High School Brain Bowl final round came down to teams from the same school.

Maclay White team and Maclay Blue team battled to see which one would be bringing home the bigger check.

Maclay School blue team member, Bradford Sherman says, "It's incredible. This is my senior year. We won last year but it never gets old. I mean, it's such an amazing feeling to be in the finals again."

In the end, the blue team beat out the white team.

Sherman said after 17 rounds, his brain is a little tired.

*** If you were still trying to solve the equation, the answer is eight.


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  • by Brad on Mar 15, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    If you're interested, the community college state Brain Bowl tournament is this weekend. Chipola College is the three-time defending state champion. The NAQT Community College national championship was a couple weeks ago. It was a Chipola-Chipola matchup in the finals. They will go on to play in the intercollegiate tournament, where they will compete with teams such as Harvard, Chicago, Brown, and Yale.
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