Frequently Asked Questions

MMMC Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is the MMMC?

The Montana Math Modeling Challenge (MMMC) is a 24-hour regional modeling contest for undergraduate students. In 2008, the University of Iowa hosted the first such regional contest, (called the Midwest Mathematical Modeling Competition, or MMMC), which involved 13 teams from 5 different schools. This year, in addition to the Carroll site, regional 24-MMCs will also be held at UW-La Crosse, the University of Iowa, Shippensburg University, and the University of Rhode Island.

How is the MMMC different from the other modeling contests?

Feedback and interaction. The MMMC is designed to provide students with multiple forms of immediate feedback on their solutions. Additionally as an on-site contest, student participants have the opportunity to interact with peers from other institutions as well as observe different solution approaches presented by other teams. In brief, the MMMC differs from other contests in the following ways:

  1. All student teams work on their solutions at a regional host site.
  2. Teams have only 24 hours to prepare a solution to one of the given problems.
  3. Each team prepares a brief oral presentation of their model and a one-page summary of their results.
  4. An advisory panel reviews and provides feedback for summaries; students peer-review the oral presentations.

Do I know enough math to answer the questions?

Yes. Teams of students from first-year through fourth-year with varying mathematical backgrounds have all successfully developed solutions. Please take a look at a few question sets and solutions from past contests as a gauge of question difficulty.

Question sets:

Sample Solutions to Past MMC Problems (thanks teams!)

  • 2008: Executive Summary 1, 2
  • 2009: Executive Summary 1 Presentation 1
  • 2010: Executive Summary 1, 2 Presentation 1, 2, 3

Who may participate and what exactly constitutes a team?

A MMMC team consists of three undergraduate students.

Is there a registration fee?

Generous financial support from Carroll College and the Carroll College Math Department are helping to defray the majority of the costs associated with running the MMMC. However, we still have some (food related) expenses to cover. The MMMC will ask each team to pay a $60 registration fee.

Is there a limit on how many teams can a school enter?

Yes. Due to space limitations we will (initially) impose a two team per school cap. More teams may be allowed to participate but this will not be determined until we have a better understanding of overall interest in the contest. Please respond with the number of teams you would like to bring (this number may be greater than 2) by September 12, 2014.

What will be provided?

Each team will be provided with:

  • An independent workspace (a classroom)
  • Wireless internet access
  • Lots of food and drink

Will sleeping arrangements be made for the student teams?

No. This is a 24-hour contest, students may bring items to make their room more comfortable but it is their decision how/if they choose to sleep.

What else should teams bring?

  • A computer (or computers) loaded with preferred modeling software and preferred word processing software
  • Reference materials (helpful textbooks, notes from past classes, etc.)
  • Lots of energy!

Is there a MMMC flier that I can post for my students?

Yes. You can find the MMMC '14 flier here.

How do I register?

Take a look at the registration page. If you have any questions, please ask me.

When and where do we find the problems?

The problems will be presented to all participants simultaneously at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 20th.

Who are the judges?

Team advisors (primarily math faculty) will judge the abstracts.
Students will judge the presentations.

How long are the presentations expected to be?

10 minutes.

How long are the summaries expected to be?

No more than two pages of writing using single-spaced 12 point font. Teams are allowed to submit additional pages to list references used, if needed.

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NOTE: This list is not complete, as questions are asked they will be added to this list.