MAA Intermountain Section Student Team Challenge Using Derivative Action Modeling

MAA Intermountain Section Student Team Challenge

Using Derivative Action Modeling


SIMIODE, in conjunction with the Intermountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America, is sponsoring a team event in which three member student teams from high schools or undergraduate schools will work on a modeling problem involving change. The modeling takes place at the team's home institution for a week and then teams will render their results in a 10 minute presentation at the Spring 2020 MAA Intermountain Section Meeting, 27-28 March 2020, to be held at Westminister College - Salt Lake City, UT USA.

Contact Vinodh Kumar Chellamuthu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Dixie State University, St. George UT USA for information.

The modeling problem will be released at one minute after midnight EDT on Wednesday, 18 March 2020. Students will need to have knowledge of calculus, a modest introduction to differential equations, and willingness to learn some new mathematics and tackle a realistic problem with the mathematics they know and can acquire during the week long challenge period.

Teams of three students with a faculty coach will participate. Coaches can help student teams to prepare by going over general modeling strategies, examining materials in SIMIODE, and reviewing fundamentals BEFORE, but NOT DURING the Challenge period.

This modeling challenge is a local version of the SIMIODE Challenge Using Differential Equation, which is offered each fall around the world and students and faculty should consider engaging in SCUDEM. See complete details at SCUDEM Home Page.

A sample problem can be found for modeling an underwater table tennis game at the SCUDEM I 2017 General Resources page. See the problem statement and the Presentation for an idea of what might be accomplished. In this MAA Section challenge only a Presentation and NOT an Executive Summary will be required. Other problems for study, some more complicated than offered in this challenge, can be found at the main SCUDEM Home Page.

Rules and Expectations

The rules are quite simple.

Participants and Coaches need to register (ALL IS FREE!) where they will be placed in appropriate groups for announcements and access to the problem for consideration. Registration is now open. See Coach and Student Registration option at the left.

Registration will run through 13 March 2020. When registering be sure to say very precisely your reason for registering is "To participate in the Intermountain MAA Section Modeling Challenge" as "Student" or "as Coach" where appropriate. 

(1) Teams are to do their own work and no animate assistance may be used.

(2) Teams may use internet resources, libraries, notes, etc. Indeed students may use any inanimate source.

(3) Coaches are to assist students ONLY BEFORE the start time/date of midnight EDT on Wednesday night, 18 March 2020.

(4) Teams are to arrive at the Section Meeting prepared to give a 10 minute presentation on Saturday morning, 28 March 2020.

(5) After the 10 minute presentations, judges ask questions of the presenters, engage in conversation about their model, and then will score the presentation on a rubric and offer  written feedback. 

(6) Certificates for Outstanding, Meritorious, and Successful models will be awarded.

(7) Most important, enjoy building your model and sharing it with others. We all learn by doing and this is one great opportunity for doing modeling! Seeing what other teams do with the activity, coupled with judges' feedback will help you grow and mature mathematically.

Come on in, the water is great!

This is a first attempt at bringing this event, we might call it "SCUDEM Lite," to an MAA Section meeting. We would like to express our gratitude and acknowledge the idea and energy behind this event to  DR Vinodh Kumar Chellamuthu, Mathematics Department, Dixie State University, St. George UT USA. If other MAA Section leaders are interested in doing this for the students and faculty in their section next spring please contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.