Mathematical
Contest in
Modeling 200203
Timeline:
 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 preMCM meeting (required for the participants);
5pm, 205 Malott Hall.
 Feb 610, 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 openended
("realworld") 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:
 estimating the maximum "safe" number of people for a given type of public facilities;
 studying hunting strategies for velociraptor dinosaurs based on fossil data;
 comparing various grading policies for fighting the "grade inflation";
 providing the guidelines for selecting the design of bicycle wheels to optimize
the performance on a given track;
 considering the effects of different airline overbooking
strategies on the overall profitability.
Consider:
 MCM is not so much about what you already know ,
but more about what you can learn quickly in the new application area.
 MCM is an international contest: last year 522 teams participated
representing 282 institutions from 11 countries.
 We are hoping to have multiple teams representing Cornell
in 2003 (February 610, 2003).
 Several preparation sessions will be held for the potential
participants before the end of this semester.
Interested, puzzled, or simply curious?
Send your questions to
Alex Vladimirsky
(vlad@math.cornell.edu),
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.