MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge

What is M3 Challenge?

MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge (M3 Challenge) is a free contest for high school juniors and seniors in the U.S. and sixth form students in England and Wales. The Challenge is entirely Internet-based with no registration or participation fees. Scholarships totaling $100,000 (>£75,000) are awarded annually.

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Who is Eligible?

High school juniors and seniors in the U.S. and sixth form students (age 16-19) in England and Wales may form and enter up to two teams of three to five students and one teacher-coach each per school. Homeschool and cyberschool students in those areas are also eligible.

The 2023 Problem

Ride Like the Wind Without Getting Winded: the Growth of E-bike Use

In many cases, e-bikes provide people with a fast, reliable transportation option that comes without the worry of timing public transit, the nuisance of parking, or the stress of traffic congestion. Policy makers are observing these changes with interest and wondering if e-bikes are likely to become part of a more sustainable energy plan by getting more cars off the roads. For this year's MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge problem, we asked teams to consider the factors leading to the growth of e-bike sales and the long-term impact on carbon emissions, traffic congestion, health and wellness, and more.

Want to See More Problems?

Study former Challenge problems, winning solutions, practice problems and judging perspectives from 2006 to the present.


To get a glimpse of what it’s like to participate in this competition, explore our collection of archived Challenges, winning solutions, photos, videos, press releases, flyers, and more.