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.
Level 3: From the 2019 SIAM-MfA Workshop on Math Modeling for Teachers
Math Modeling in High School Classrooms
Level 4: M3 Challenge Practice Problems
Have your own idea for a problem? Suggest it!Unsure how to format your solution paper? Consider using this solution paper template prepared by M3 Challenge judges to help you organize your work and get to the modeling quicker! |
Level 5: M3 Challenge Archives: Past Problems and Outstanding Solution Papers
Please note that the papers posted here are the solutions of the six Finalist teams and the Technical Computing Awardees. The students completed these papers within the 14-hour time period allowed for the contest and were selected by the judges to receive an award. Papers have been lightly edited by SIAM for posting.
M3 Challenge Champion - Homestead High School
M3 Challenge Runner Up - New Trier Township High School
M3 Challenge Third Place and Technical Computing Winner - Pine View School
M3 Challenge Finalist - Adlai E. Stevenson High School
M3 Challenge Finalist - Adlai E. Stevenson High School
M3 Challenge Finalist and Technical Computing Runner Up - High Technology High School
Technical Computing Third Place - New Century Tech High School
Past Problems
2018 Sample Solution: Using MATLAB to Solve the 2018 M3 Problem
Go to each year's M3 Challenge archive to see these problems, their solutions, and more.