Carroll College, Helena Montana

Montana Math Modeling Challenge

The Montana Mathematical Modeling Challenge (MMMC)

What is the MMMC?

On September 20th, 2014, Carroll College will host the first annual Montana Math Modeling Challenge (MMMC). This regional math contest gives undergraduate students the opportunity to apply their math skills to real world problems. In teams of three, students will have 23 hours to develop and test a model and write a one-page summary of their findings; an additional (24th) hour will be available in order for teams to finalize a 10 minute presentation explaining their result. Soon after completing their presentation, teams will present their findings to other student MMMC participants. The event concludes with an award ceremony that highlights the work of winning teams as determined by students and advisors.

What is Math Modeling?

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) and its sister contest, the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) are international competitions sponsored by COMAP that ask teams of three undergraduates to spend a weekend modeling an applied mathematics problem. These competitions provide great opportunities for students to focus on problem solving skills in a real-world environment. Problems come from research areas of applied mathematics related to many fields – business, environmental sciences, and sports are a few examples. Student teams are given 96 hours to analyze a single open ended problem, develop a model of the problem, solve the model, and write a report. Carroll’s faculty meet with student teams weekly in the months before the competition to help them prepare for the unique nature of this international contest.

Why the MMMC?

COMAP's Mathematical Contest in Modeling(MCM) successfully encourages teamwork, creativity and written exposition. However, one (logistically necessary) element that many students remark is lacking from this competition is adequate feedback -- both from the micro perspective "What do the judges really think of my team's paper?" to the macro "How did other teams answer this question?" This contest was designed in response to the aforementioned student concerns and has been developed to meet the following objectives:

  • Encourage independent thinking.
  • Promote collaboration.
  • Develop mathematical communication abilities.
  • Prepare student teams to participate in the MCM.
  • Create a unique mathematical community.

Interested in Competing?

More information about the MMMC can be found by reading the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the schedule. You can also download the MMMC flier here. If you have additional questions or comments, or if you are interested in being a part of future contests, please feel free to contact me.