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Download the Problem Statement here:
A drive-through campus.
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
Ms. Heather Peterson in 310 Malott Hall by 10am on Monday (1/30/2012).
Submit an electronic version of your paper here
by 12pm on Monday (1/30/2012).
The judges & all CMCM participants will
be able to read them & will (hopefully) 'reply' with their comments
on your manuscript.
Don't forget to have fun in the process!
- 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,
- 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.
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 2775 teams participated
representing institutions from 17 countries.
It's worth noting that
one of Cornell teams won the contest in 2009
(they were ranked among the top 9 teams,
all of which were rated "Outstanding") and have received a special award
- We will have two to four teams representing Cornell
next year (February 9-13, 2012).
- 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 :
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,