Math/Sciences students participate in modeling competition

by Mark Peal on February 24, 2012

The Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) is an international contest that is administered by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) each year.  This year, Norwich University had two teams compete against thousands of other teams from across the globe.  Each team selected one of two problems to work on over a five day period in February.  This year’s problems were

  1. Modeling leaves on a tree; their size, shape, weight, and the relation to branching structure, and
  2. Creating a mathematical model that would determine an optimal schedule for river trips by groups of enthusiasts with varying duration (measured in nights on the river) and propulsion (motor or oar) that will utilize campsites in the best way possible.

Each team submitted a written report describing their findings, which is evaluated by an international panel of judges at COMAP.  Each of the two Norwich teams chose to work on the first problem.

When asked about what his experience with the contest, Nicholas Michaud, Physics ’12, stated, “I learned a lot about trees, how they grow, and common patterns that the natural world appears to follow. I also learned a lot about myself and my teammate in a stressful work environment, and methods for dealing with situations that come up.”

Participation in the contest is very time consuming and each team did a wonderful job working on their problems.  One team consisted of:

  • Katherine Kjeer ’15
  • Jasper Barlich ’13, Mathematics
  • Robyn Taylor ’13, Mathematics

The other team’s members were:

  • Antonio Diaz ’13, Mathematics
  • Nicholas Michaud ’12, Physics

The results of the competition will be announced in April. Great job and congratulations to each group!

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