



Frequently
Asked Questions 




What
exactly is the CVMMC? 

The Cumberland
Valley Math Modeling Challenge (CVMMC) is a regional modeling
contest
for undergraduate students. In 2008, the University of Iowa
hosted the first such regional contest, (called the Midwest
Mathematical Modeling Competition, or MMMC), which involved 13 teams
from 5 different schools. This year, in addition to the
Shippensburg site, regional MMCs will also be held at UWLa Crosse, the University
of Iowa, Carroll College, and the University of Rhode Island. 




How is the CVMMC
different from the other modeling contests? 

Feedback and
interaction. The CVMMC is designed to provide students with multiple
forms of immediate feedback on their solutions. Additionally as an
onsite contest, student participants have the opportunity to interact
with peers from other institutions as well as
observe different solution approaches presented
by other teams. In brief, the CVMMC differs from
other contests in the following ways:
1.
All student
teams work on their solutions at a regional host site.
2.
Teams have only
24 hours to prepare a solution to one of the given problems.
3.
Each team
prepares a brief oral presentation of their model and a onepage
summary of their results.
4.
An advisory
panel reviews and provides feedback for summaries; students peerreview
the oral presentations.





Do I know enough
math to answer the questions? 

Yes. Teams of students
from firstyear through fourthyear with
varying mathematical backgrounds have all successfully developed
solutions. Please take a look at a few question sets and solutions from
past contests as a gauge of question
difficulty. 




Question
sets: MMMC08, CVMMC09,
CVMMC10, CVMMC11, CVMMC12
Past
CVMMC
solutions (thanks teams!)



2008: Executive
Summary 1, 2 


2009: Executive
Summary 1
Presentation 1 


2010: Executive
Summary 1, 2
Presentation 1, 2,
3 




Who may
participate and what exactly constitutes a team? 

A CVMMC team
consists of three undergraduate students. 




Is there a
registration fee? 

Generous
financial support from Shippensburg University, the Shippensburg
University Math Department and the Shippensburg University SIAM chapter
are all helping to defray the majority of the costs associated with
running the CVMMC. However, we still have some (food related)
expenses to cover. The CVMMC will ask each participant to pay a $20
registration fee ($60 / team). 




Is there a limit
on how many teams can a school enter? 

Yes.
Due to space limitations we will (initially) impose a two
team per school cap. More teams may be allowed to participate
but this will not be determined until we have a better understanding of
overall interest in the contest. Please respond with the number of
teams you would like to bring (this number may be greater than 2) by
September 19, 2014. 




What will be
provided? 

Each team will
be provided with
 An
independent workspace (a classroom)
 One
computer with internet access and Microsoft
Office software.
 Lots of
food and drink.





Will sleeping
arrangements be made for the student teams? 

No. This is a
24hour contest, students may bring items to make their room more
comfortable but it is their decision how/if they choose to sleep. 




What else should
teams bring?


 A
computer (or computers) loaded with preferred
modeling software and preferred word processing software
 Reference
materials (helpful textbooks, notes
from past classes, etc.)
 Lots of
energy!





Is there a CVMMC flier? 

Yes. You can find the
CVMMC '13 flier here. 




How do I register? 

Take a look at the registration page. If you have any
questions, please ask. 




When and where
do we find the problems? 

The problems
will be presented to all participants simultaneously at 2 p.m. on
Saturday, September 28th. 




Who are the
judges? 

Team advisors
(primarily math faculty) will judge the abstracts.
Students will judge the presentations. 




How long are the
presentations expected to be? 

10 minutes. 




How long are the
summaries expected to be? 

No more than two
pages of writing using singlespaced 12 point font. Teams are
allowed to submit additional pages to list references used, if needed. 








NOTE:
This list
is not complete, as questions are asked they will be added to this list. 