Mathematical Contest in Modeling 2011-12

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Short instructions for the CMCM participants:

Good luck!


Jan 25, 2012: Information/training session; 6:00-7:30pm, 253 Malott Hall.
Jan 27, 2012: Cornell MCM starts at 5pm.
Jan 30, 2012: Cornell MCM ends at 9:30am. Solutions are due in 310 Malott by 10am.
Feb 6, 2012: The conclusion of CMCM (6-7pm; 253 Malott Hall) -- winners announced, prizes awarded, general festivities.
Feb 9-13, 2012: The winners of CMCM represent Cornell at the international MCM 2012.

Cornell MCM Pages for the previous years : CMCM'10 / MCM'11; CMCM'09 / MCM'10; CMCM'08 / MCM'09; 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:


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 :
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.