id: 06200247
dt: j
an: 2013e.00140
au: Fox, William P.
ti: Results of the 2012 mathematical contest in modeling.
so: UMAP J. 33, No. 3, 193-204 (2012).
py: 2012
pu: COMAP (Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications), Bedford, MA
la: EN
cc: B65 U45
ut: mathematical competitions; USA; student competitions; mathematical model
building; measurement; estimation; approximation; optimization;
simulation; cellular automaton; trees
ci:
li:
ab: The article announces the results and winners of the 28th Mathematical
Contest in Modeling (MCM) and presents the two problems posed. A total
of 3,697 teams of undergraduates from hundreds of institutions and
departments in 16 countries spent a weekend in 2012 working on applied
mathematics problems, including teams from the Hong Kong Baptist
University, Peking University in China and Western Washington
University in Bellingham, Washington. Problem A (“The leaves of a
tree") asked teams to model the leaves on a tree, classifying their
shapes, investigating the effect of leaf shape on tree profile and
branching, and estimating the leaf mass of a tree. Problem B
(“Camping along the Big Long River”) asked teams to design a
management plan for scheduling recreational multi-day rafting tours
down a long stretch of a river. The goal was to maximize the number of
trips, optimize campsite usage, and offer an optimal mix of trip
lengths.
rv: Peter Dürr (Linkenheim)