Short instructions for the CMCM participants:
If you have not done so yet, please email the list of your team-members to
as soon as possible.
(Each team is composed of
up to 3 undergraduate students.)
Download the Problem Statement:
Spend the weekend conducting research, building model(s),
and writing up your solution(s).
All published materials, internet resources, and software are fair game -
but don't forget to attribute whenever appropriate.
You cannot discuss your work with anyone besides your team-mates.
Turn in 4 copies
of your paper to 310 Malott Hall by 10am on Tuesday (10/31/05).
Don't forget to have fun in the process!
- Oct 17, 2006:
Information/training session; 6:00-7:30pm, 251 Malott Hall.
- Oct 25, 2006:
Information/training session; 6:00-7:30pm, 253 Malott Hall.
- Oct 27, 2006:
Cornell MCM starts at 6pm.
- Oct 31, 2006:
Cornell MCM ends at 9:30am. Solutions are due in 310 Malott by 10am.
- Nov 9, 2006:
The conclusion of CMCM - winners announced, prizes awarded,
- Feb 8-12, 2007:
The winners of CMCM 2006 represent Cornell at the international MCM 2007.
Cornell MCM Pages for the previous years :
CMCM'05 / MCM'06;
CMCM'04 / MCM'05;
CMCM'03 / MCM'04;
CMCM'02 / MCM'03.
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!
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.
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.
- 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 748 teams participated
representing institutions from 9 countries.
- We are hoping to have two to four teams representing Cornell
in 2007 (February 8-12, 2007).
- Several preparation sessions will be held for the potential
Interested, puzzled, or simply curious?
Send your questions to
and/or come to one of the preparation sessions.
Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP).
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,