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Fox, William P.
Results of the 2012 mathematical contest in modeling.
UMAP J. 33, No. 3, 193204 (2012).
2012
COMAP (Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications), Bedford, MA
EN
B65
U45
mathematical competitions
USA
student competitions
mathematical model building
measurement
estimation
approximation
optimization
simulation
cellular automaton
trees
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 multiday 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.
Peter D\"urr (Linkenheim)