The Mathematical Contest in Modeling is an international competition held during the spring of each year. Teams of undergraduate students use their mathematical skills to model solutions to real world problems. Some teams participate in the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (an extension of the math modeling contest) which is designed to develop and advance interdisciplinary problem-solving skills as well as competence in written communication.
In February 2009, five Asbury University teams participated in the competition. Each team of three students chose to solve one of these problems:
- modeling traffic circles to optimize traffic flow
- modeling an aquatic ecosystem to optimize fish production while minimizing environmental damage
- modeling the relationship between cell phone use and energy consumption
Each team constructed and tested an appropriate math model for their chosen problem and wrote a paper describing their work. According to Dr. David Coulliette, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, the University usually places at least one team in the top 15 percent of the competition (a "Meritorious" rating). This year, two of our teams earned a “Meritorious” rating, two teams earned an “Honorable Mention” rating and the fifth team was ranked a "Successful Participant".
The math modeling teams were: