Congratulations to the LTU Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) teams!
Six LTU students in two teams of three competed in the 96-hour international contest in February.
Each year the teams have a choice of two open-ended applied problems to solve, using mathematics, computer, science, and writing skills. For 2011, both teams chose the Snowboard Halfpipe Course Design problem, to design a course to maximize the vertical rise of a snowboarder above the edge of the halfpipe, and to investigate other possible requirements and practical considerations. Both papers were well written, using physics and partial differential equations. The second problem involved VHF radio communication optimization, and used discrete math.
The teams were Matt Lanting, Dan McGee, and Scott Bell; Ryan Hollingsworth, Jamie MacLennan, and Levi Dojcsak.
In 2011 there were 2775 teams from the U.S., Canada, China, and 14 other countries (about 3/4 of the teams were from China).
The papers are grouped into four catagories: Successful Participant (55%) Honorable Mention (30%), Meritorious (13%), and Outstanding/Finalist (2%).
There were only 12 U.S. teams in the Meritorious category. The LTU team of Lanting, McGee, and Scott was the only Michigan team in Honorable Mention. The Hollingsworth, McLennan and Dojscak team was in Successful Participant, along with four other Michigan college teams. (Nice to be in the same categories as Harvard and MIT!)