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The Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Details about the MCM at SLU


The Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications, COMAP, annually conducts a Mathematical Competition in Modeling (MCM) for teams of undergraduate college students. Historically, this contest takes place in early February.

Teams are expected to use mathematics much as professionals use mathematics on problems that originate in a variety of other disciplines and are only indirectly related to standard textbook problems. This contest does have great value for the mathematical education of the participating students. It also provides exceptional education value for time management skills, teamwork skills and technical writing skills. COMAP also conducts a similar Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) over the same weekend. More detailed rules are available at the COMAP website for the contests. There are also copies of the questions asked in earlier contests at the above website.

The MCM contest at SLU

Three member teams of college students will receive two mathematical modeling questions at 8PM EST on a Thursday in February. They will choose one of these two questions to solve and complete a written report explaining and analyzing their solution of this problem by 8PM EST on the following Monday.

Under the contest rules, four MCM teams can represent Saint Louis University, but only two teams from any one department. Saint Louis University can also enter three ICM teams. Usually we recruit two (but only two) teams that would be mathematics department teams. We also expect to have some strong teams representing other Saint Louis University departments also.

As in the past, the Arts and Sciences dean and the Parks College dean have been very supportive about paying the registration fees. This fee is one of several reasons that we expect all members of registered MCM/ICM teams to be committed to an intense weekend of teamwork.

Contact information for interested students

Please contact the faculty moderator, Dr. David Jackson, if your are interested in participating in the MCM. He has much more material available in his office for interested students, including copies of some of the most outstanding reports prepared by student teams in some earlier years. Please stop by his office at your convenience if you are interested in seeing or borrowing some of these materials.


David Jackson
Ritter Hall 010

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