Teams (Student or Advisor) are now required to submit an electronic copy (summary sheet and solution) of their solution paper by email too email@example.com as a Word or PDF attachment. Your email MUST be received at COMAP by the submission deadline of 8:00 PM EST, February 4, 2013.
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Teams are free to choose between MCM Problem A, MCM Problem B or ICM Problem C.
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MCM: The Mathematical Contest in Modeling
ICM: The Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling
2013 Contest Problems
PROBLEM A: The Ultimate Brownie Pan
When baking in a rectangular pan heat is concentrated in the 4 corners and the product gets overcooked at the corners (and to a lesser extent at the edges). In a round pan the heat is distributed evenly over the entire outer edge and the product is not overcooked at the edges. However, since most ovens are rectangular in shape using round pans is not efficient with respect to using the space in an oven.
Develop a model to show the distribution of heat across the outer edge of a pan for pans of different shapes - rectangular to circular and other shapes in between.
1. A width to length ratio of W/L for the oven which is rectangular in shape.
2. Each pan must have an area of A.
3. Initially two racks in the oven, evenly spaced.
Develop a model that can be used to select the best type of pan (shape) under the following conditions:
1. Maximize number of pans that can fit in the oven (N)
2. Maximize even distribution of heat (H) for the pan
3. Optimize a combination of conditions (1) and (2) where weights p and (1- p) are assigned to illustrate how the results vary with different values of W/L and p.
In addition to your MCM formatted solution, prepare a one to two page advertising sheet for the new Brownie Gourmet Magazine highlighting your design and results.
PROBLEM B: Water, Water, Everywhere
Fresh water is the limiting constraint for development in much of the world. Build a mathematical model for determining an effective, feasible, and cost-efficient water strategy for 2013 to meet the projected water needs of [pick one country from the list below] in 2025, and identify the best water strategy. In particular, your mathematical model must address storage and movement; de-salinization; and conservation. If possible, use your model to discuss the economic, physical, and environmental implications of your strategy. Provide a non-technical position paper to governmental leadership outlining your approach, its feasibility and costs, and why it is the “best water strategy choice.”
Countries: United States, China, Russia, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia
PROBLEM C: Network Modeling of Earth's Health
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Your ICM submission should consist of a 1 page Summary Sheet and your solution cannot exceed 20 pages for a maximum of 21 pages.
Network Modeling of Earth's Health
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