If you enjoy math, modeling and real world problem solving you might enjoy solving the problems in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). The task is to mathematically model and computationally solve a real world problem. These contests are designed specifically for undergraduate students and about a thousand teams worldwide compete each year. The problems in both the Interdisciplinary and Mathematical Modeling contests have a broad scope drawing from several areas. Therefore, we welcome students from different departments. For example the problems from the 2011 competition were:
Schedule Winter semester 2012:
Wednesdays weekly meetings (see fall schedule below)
< b> Schedule 2011:
Weekly meetings Wednesdays 5:30-7pm in CSC3-49.
Fri Jan 27 5pm Information Session CSC-333
Sat Jan 28 10am-2pm UofA Qualification competition
Fri Feb 5 (Tentative) Results of Quals. Likely 5PM, location CSC 3-49
Feb 10-13 International MCM/ICM competition
The information session on Fri will outline the MCM procedures and give some suggestions for how to be successful. We also recommend you read the rules on the MCM home page and guide from K. Cline in the links to the left.
For the UofA qualifier on Sat, we will post problems on this website. You solve the problems, write a PDF report and email the report to us. You can work where you like (at home or in the library), and be alone or in groups of up to three. For groups we ask that you identify in the report who did what aspect.
The international contest is held over a four day period each February (February 10-13, 2012 this year). During this time, students, working in teams of three, are given an advanced, open ended, mathematical or interdisciplinary modeling problem and asked, over four days, to find a solution and write a report about it.