Featured Practice ProblemsCheck out the 2017 Challenge Problem: From Sea to Shining Sea: Looking Ahead with the National Park Service. Chat with the Problem Author Dr. Neil Nicholson on Monday, March 13 2:304:00pm EST! Post your questions, ideas for starting, or solutions about the problem at any time for feedback in the "Comments" section below the problem. 

Modeling Scenarios: Levels 1, 2, and 3
Several examples of the types of problems you may be asked to solve in the M^{3} 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 M^{3} 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: M^{3} 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 M^{3} 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.
M^{3} Challenge Champions  Adlai E. Stevenson High School
M^{3} Challenge First Runner Up, $15,000 Team Prize  Westford Academy
M^{3} Challenge Third Place  Johns Creek High School
M^{3} Challenge Finalist  High Technology High School
M^{3} Challenge Finalist  Montgomery Blair High School
M^{3} Challenge Finalist  NC School of Science and Mathematics
Past Problems
Go to the M^{3} Challenge archive to see these problems and their solutions.