Featured Practice ProblemsCheck out the practice problem, 911 Emergency: Rural Hospitals and other practice problems, along with archived "live text chats" with the author of each problem.


Modeling Scenarios: Levels 1, 2, and 3
Several examples of the types of problems you may be asked to solve in the M3 Challenge are presented here.
It is highly recommended that participants read and work through some problems at each level before moving on.
Level 1:
Modeling Scenarios [14K PDF]
This list is intended to give students a taste of some of the scenarios that may be presented as modeling problems in the M3 Challenge. This can be considered basic training material, designed to prompt targeted brainstorming.
List provided courtesy of William P. Fox, Department of Mathematics, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC.
Level 2: AIM Resource Books
Students:
A Backwater Curve for the Windsor Locks Canal [1.09MB PDF]
Budgeting Time and Money [382K PDF]
Pricing Auto Insurance [466K PDF]
Volcanic Eruption Fallout [560K PDF]
Teachers:
A Backwater Curve for the Windsor Locks Canal [1.73MB PDF]
Budgeting Time and Money [1.8MB PDF]
Pricing Auto Insurance [1.7MB PDF]
Volcanic Eruption Fallout [1.5MB PDF]
These booklets detail modeling problems that remain relevant today despite being somewhat dated in appearance. These examples have considerable background data, which gives insight into the types of details that need to be considered when solving the Challenge problem. Remember that creativity and originality are highly valued characteristics of a winning solution—along with good quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Used with the permission of the Mathematical Association of America.
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Level 3: M3 Challenge Archives: Past Problems and Outstanding Solution Papers
Please note that the papers posted here are the solutions of the top six teams in the 2017 M3 Challenge. The students completed these papers within the 14hour time period allowed for the contest and were selected by the judges to receive an award.
M3 Challenge Champions  Adlai E. Stevenson High School
M3 Challenge First Runner Up, $15,000 Team Prize  Westford Academy
M3 Challenge Third Place  Johns Creek High School
M3 Challenge Finalist  High Technology High School
M3 Challenge Finalist  Montgomery Blair High School
M3 Challenge Finalist  NC School of Science and Mathematics
Past Problems
Go to the M3 Challenge archive to see these problems and their solutions.