ERIC Number: EJ1042734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
The 24-Hour Mathematical Modeling Challenge
Galluzzo, Benjamin J.; Wendt, Theodore J.
PRIMUS, v25 n1 p50-60 2015
Across the mathematics curriculum there is a renewed emphasis on applications of mathematics and on mathematical modeling. Providing students with modeling experiences beyond the ordinary classroom setting remains a challenge, however. In this article, we describe the 24-hour Mathematical Modeling Challenge, an extracurricular event that exposes undergraduate students to mathematics as it can be applied to real-world problem-solving. We give an outline of the rules, structure, and outcomes from the contest, including student feedback and a discussion of the different levels of modeling that we have seen from students in the 6-year span of the contest. Finally, we offer suggestions on how to prepare students for the Challenge, and describe the process for participating.
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Undergraduate Study, Mathematical Models, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate Students, Relevance (Education), Problem Solving, Competition, Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa
Grant or Contract Numbers: DMS0602242