Mathematical Contest in Modeling 2008-09




Short instructions for the CMCM participants:

Good luck!


Time-line:

Nov 4, 2008: Information/training session; 6:00-7:30pm, 251 Malott Hall.
Nov 12, 2008: Information/training session; 6:00-7:30pm, 253 Malott Hall.
Nov 14, 2008: Cornell MCM starts at 6pm.
Nov 18, 2008: Cornell MCM ends at 9:30am. Solutions are due in 310 Malott by 10am.
Feb 5-9, 2009: The winners of CMCM 2008 represent Cornell at the international MCM 2009.

Cornell MCM Pages for the previous years : CMCM'07 / MCM'08; CMCM'06 / MCM'07; CMCM'05 / MCM'06; CMCM'04 / MCM'05; CMCM'03 / MCM'04; CMCM'02 / MCM'03.

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:

Consider:

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 :
Kelly Cline's Guide to MCM,
Another Guide to MCM from a former University of Colorado at Boulder team,
University of Puget Sound,
University of Washington,
Eastern Oregon University,
Grinnell College.