# Girl aced math final at Oregon State U. -- at age 10

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Collette Byrne aced her math final at Oregon State University.

That would be the end of the story.

Except for the fact that she’s 10 years old.

The youngest person to ever attend classes at OSU, Collette takes it all in stride. Not only that, she’s also a fast reader, finishing a 600-page book in a day.

She’s modest of her accomplishments, admitting she doesn’t always get perfect scores on her homework.

“I did really well on the final. I can’t say the same for the midterm,” she said. “You can’t expect a person of my age to get everything perfect.”

But Collette came out on top of her algebra class at OSU, where you have to be 14 to go to class by yourself. And having her dad by her side in class changes the equation for a kid.

“I think he talks too much. He answered too many questions,” she said. “He should have given the other student a chance.”

The other students took a while to get used to her being there, too.

“They weren’t exactly zombies. They were just sort of not talking … just taking notes and not saying much at all,” she said.

But she warmed them up by being a regular kid -- she even created a Power Point presentation on inverse functions and wrote the words to go along with Justin Timberlake’s song, “Mirrors.”

She said she worries that her sixth grade friends will treat her differently for excelling, but that’s a problem she’ll figure out, as well.

“My dad has high expectations of me, so I try to meet those expectations by working my hardest,” she said.

Did she take the test while her middle school football team was scrimmaging the Beavers Football team?

the only numbers i'm good at crunching are my number 4 through 9 vertebrae

âMy dad has high expectations of me, so I try to meet those expectations by working my hardest,â she said

Nuff said.

Later that night she was pulled over for speedingÂ Â and was found in possession of marijuana

She's either exceptionally gifted, or Oregonians have gone retarded. I remain optimistic.

Back in my day, a 10 year old could work in a coal mine. Â Let's see this girl do that!

cool... this will be most likely one kid that doesn't end up on the street in a tent waiting for a hand out

Yeah, yeah, great....but how is that going to help her cook waffles and clean for her future husband?

Wow.

Keep reading, young lady. Maybe you will solve a problem or two that we, as humans, have.

She would be of average intelligence and standards if this was 50 years ago.Â Most college graduates can't even pick Australia out on a map and have the reading comprehension of a 10 year old.

Impressive that Subsidized Public Schoolcare hasn't dumbed her down yet.

Pretty sad that colleges even have to offer algebra.Â I think I had it in MIDDLE SCHOOL.

Good for her, and it sounds like her parents have the proper prospective for her... She is one in about 100 million, maybe she might be our president one day... Go girl go... but take the time to smell the roses...

At ten I didn't even know what a mid term was. Â I was still trying to figure out my penis.

My daughter is 10 years old, she can drive better drunk then over half the people I read about. She can steal a BBQ and have it repainted and sold off Craigs List in 3 days. She can roll a joint and chop a line of meth better than most of the homeless kids we know, and she makes the best whisky and cokes. Â But congratz Â to the smart girl, I hope some day your parents will let you do something besides read and study....Have fun getting your PHD Â ...pppffft .. Â Â ..

I was doing algebra when I was 12 but times were different then and schools actually taught kids things.

She sounds like she has a good family who sees what she is capable of. I just hope they don't push her too hard and let her be a kid. The problem is that she is much smarter than kids her own age. They will find that intimidating and she will find them lacking in mentally stimulation for her.

Tells you how low the bar is set if a 10 year old can pass an Oregon college math class.

Just one more good reason to avoid college and go get a real job.

@Icy-iTÂ

Based on what I've seen of college math here in Oregon, I'd say gifted.

@TheTruthÂ She has to go to china to do that though.

@KPTVfanÂ Well, you gotta admit, leaving her the checkbook might be a risk, but it would be THE most accurate checkbook you ever saw!

@KPTVfanÂ Hopefully she'll be educated and wealthy enough to realize she doesn't need one and loves to order in. She's smart enough to stay away from this comment section which speaks highly of her. Not so much for the rest of us, but I do like to expand my views on the world by reading others opinions on topics.

@Bill FoldÂ She can only dream of being rich like Miley.

@waffleÂ

Fifty years ago I doubt people were doing college level algebra at the age of 10. Or reading a 600 page book in a day.

@waffleÂ It's "OREGON". Can't blame the natives here. They're quite... special.

@waffle Plese thatt iz knot fare.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â hehe

@casperÂ Muscular Dystrophy is a terrible disease.Â I always donate to the Jerry Lewis Telephon. Good luck to the kid.Â Can the one that dropped out skate?

@bacana Middle school doesn't teach university values of college algebra, even if your teachers say they do. I finished AP Calculus in high school and found the 200-level algebra at OSU to be pretty challenging. It's just not the same.Â They cover an entire year of high school algebra in a matter of weeks.

That kid's amazing.

@dougrpdxÂ No one that smart would be willing to accept the job of President of the U.S. if it was handed to them on a platter.

@Common SenceÂ Â That's all that'll ever truly matter to a guy anyway, silly. Â Wait....you're a guy, right?

@RickyÂ I got a lecture from another commenter yesterday about "liking" one of KPTVfan's comments that was along the same lines. Â Some people spend their little lives being soooo serious! Â Thanks for the laugh. Â

@RickyÂ Â You need to stop stealing her nicotine patches!

@RalphCramden I am sure you are quite the math wizard.Â It isn't easy to cheat the tax man.

@RalphCramdenÂ

Well, apparently the comments I posted via the tablet never showed up.

Our daughter has been doing algebra for the last few years (she's going into 6th next week). I like how they've tied in algebra to the level of math that they're doing so that it isn't just sprung on them in a later grade.Â

When I was in school we didn't do algebra at all until high school. Only those of us in the advanced classes took it earlier than that, as we were allowed to take h.s. Algebra and Spanish I in 8th grade.

@BamaReb2Â

Of course the answer couldn't be that she is just really smart. They must have dumbed down the class.

@BamaReb2 LOL!Â I took Algebra at OSU.Â Folks who took it in high school have no idea.Â

It's not really the material, but the sheer volume of it.Â Â (CS312:Â Calculate the number of operations required to multiply an n-number of n-dimensional matrices and then write a program to complete the calculations. That was the homework for the week, just for that class. Brain-melting for some, but for others it's trivially simple.)

@Go GothÂ @Bill FoldÂ Let's hope she decides to contribute something to humanity, instead. And I trust she will.

@Go Goth I heard the drop outs are real good at video games.Â Future military personnel for the drone operators!

@PlayanekesÂ @bacanaÂ There's a world of difference between high school algebra and middle school algebra... and if you don't know that, then it says quite a bit about your lack of higher education.

@starshadowÂ And you're helping solve that problem by doing what? Hope for the future about this brilliant child is all we have right now. Besides the trolling masses pretending to know or have some kind of moral compass. I hope she does become president one day, we could do far worse. Ever hear of a lady called Palin?

@SunDownerÂ touche

@SunDownerÂ @RickyÂ Its a F'd up world out there ..we could all use a laugh :)

@Jenni S.

Education just isn't what it used to be. The US is way behind the rest of the world in all aspects of education. Math and science are the worst.

I am glad that your daughter is getting plenty of math early on. It will serve her well throughout life.

@Jenni S.Â @RalphCramden You took advanced classes but can't operate a tablet?

@Jenni S.Â @BamaReb2

There are different levels of algebra at OSU. Some are not even college level credit but are HS level like Math 065 and Math 095 which are entry level algebra at the HS level.

The article didn't say which class she was in.

http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/CourseList.aspx?subjectcode=MTH

@Jenni S.Â It's the dumbing down of America.

@PlayanekesÂ And what good does it do you in the real world?

Not a thing LOL

It's brain melting to me.I have always had some kind of mental block my entire life regarding anything math related so I'm absolutely impressed with this young girl.

@markÂ That makes me sad. But for some reason I believe you. Completely fits the local culture. LOL

@KPTVfan

Placing into anything higher than algebra isn't that common. Doesn't matter your college, it matters your education before college. It's the same standard placement exam.

@Playanekes You had to take Algebra in college?Â I placed into Calculus but then again, I didn't go to football college.

@starshadowÂ @PlayanekesÂ @bacana Let me dumb this down for you.Â High school algebra (A) is more difficult than middle school algebra, (B). Â College algebra (C) is even more difficult than high school algebra, so if A>B and C>A, obviously, C>B. Â Â

In fact, C > [A+B]

Beavis.

@Jenni S.

I loved getting my business degree especially the math side of things. Â Stats was my favorite.

Atari. My cousin was one of the original programmers and just retired from there. I still have 4 Atari Lynx II's that I still play from time to time. I figure I will pass them on to my kids so they can save them to pass on to their kids. They are antiques at this point (in computer time).

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c2/Atari_Lynx_II.png

@RalphCramdenÂ

Yea, that is where I've been focusing although I am doing a business degree as well just that I can ensure that I have a good foundation for running my own business. I'm focused on the computers and tech side of science, which is something I've loved since I was little and first played on my dad's Atari computer.

@Jenni S.

The worst degrees to have are arts degrees. They are a dime a dozen and easy to get.

Science and math degrees are much harder and there is much more demand for them.

@RalphCramden

Yes, she is like me and has a love for math and science. It's definitely a good area to like, as both touch on so many of the jobs and careers that will help you do well in life.

@KPTVfan

I can operate a tablet. It's unfortunately an older one and is in need of an OS update. However, the only way it's going to get an update is if I root it because they stopped making updates for it some time ago. Just haven't had the time to do the update myself.

@Jenni S.

I still remember Math 111. I still have my TI89. I was going to pass it on to my grandkids but none of them can figure out the area of a square so I have stored it away with my Atari Lynx II's.

@RalphCramden

I found more details online. She was taking Math 111. It says she plans to take geometry online during the school year so that she can take trig at OSU next summer. She's trying to be done with calculus before she gets into high school.

She's also on her way towards being tri-lingual: English, Chinese, and Spanish. She's taken six years of Spanish in school and her grandmother only speaks Chinese. Those are probably the three best languages to learn in today's world.

I'm afraid you are right! But if you learn how, you will at least give your little gray cells a workout!

@notinterestedinyourreligionthankyouÂ

I do great in math unless it is algebra or geometry. I'm like you - some kind of mental block there. Get me in Trig or Calculus and watch as I get a perfect score (or higher when extra credit was available). Different kinds of math and they use different parts of the brain, apparently.

I'm amazed that she's doing so well at such a young age. Kudos to her and to her parents.