Mathematical Contest in Modeling 2002-03


Oct 31, 2002: Organizational meeting; 5:15pm, 205 Malott Hall.
Nov 6, 2002: Preparation session; 5:15pm, 205 Malott Hall.
Nov 13, 2002: Preparation session; 5:15pm, 205 Malott Hall.
Nov 20, 2002: Mock MCM starts; 5:15pm, 205 Malott Hall. (Download problems in PDF or in Postscript.)
Nov 27, 2002: Mock MCM ends; 5:15pm, 205 Malott Hall.
Jan 23, 2003: Final pre-MCM meeting (required for the participants); 5pm, 205 Malott Hall.
Feb 6-10, 2003: The Mathematical Contest in Modeling 2003.

Short summary: MCM is an international competition, in which a team of three undergraduates chooses one of two open-ended ("real-world") problems, builds a mathematical model, obtains a solution based on it, and writes a detailed paper (proving the feasibility of the team's model and solution) - all this in the space of less than 4 days!
You can: brainstorm with your two teammates, use any reference materials either printed or on the web, write your own software or utilize publicly available to validate your model.
You cannot: consult with anyone besides your teammates, submit your solutions after the deadline, or remain bored in the process.

Get a glimpse of what Applied Mathematicians might do outside of Academia!
The problems are taken from all fields of science, engineering, and industry.
Recent problems included:


Interested, puzzled, or simply curious?

Send your questions to Alex Vladimirsky (, and/or come to one of the preparation sessions.

Relevant Links:

Organized by:
Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP).
Sponsored by:
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS),
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM),
Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

Some other MCM pages :
University of Colorado at Boulder,
University of Puget Sound,
University of Washington,
Eastern Oregon University,
Grinnell College.