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Students Compete in Mathematical Modeling Contest

Publication Date: 3/18/2010

Rhodes students Ryan Carroll ’12, Eric Stradley ’11, and Ryne Marksteiner ’10 recently spent nearly 96 hours hunkered down in a library developing a mathematical model.

With occasional breaks for sleep and food supplied by the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, the students were busy at work choosing a modeling problem, reviewing the related mathematical literature, developing their own model, writing software code, stress-testing their model against real-world and simulated data, and organizing their work in a scientific paper.

They are contestants in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP). The competition attracts students from across the world and challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems.

“In creating our model, we were forced not only to expand our mathematical knowledge and experience, but to also think about previously encountered material in new and exciting ways,” says Stradley who is a mathematics-economics major from Ft. Worth, Ga.

A group of judges will rank and rate contest submissions, and results will be announced around April 15. Five papers each year are designated “outstanding” and are published in COMAP’s official journal. Other papers of high quality are designated “meritorious.”

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