SCUDEM II 2018 Modeling Problems and Team Submissions

By Brian Winkel


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Here you will find one PDF document, SCUDEM II 2018 Problems A B C.pdf - as black box Download pdf  above, containing all three of the Modeling Problems for use in SCUDEM II 2018, along with a reference paper for one of the problems. This file was posted on 13 April 2018 for students to select one problem from which to build a model for presentation on Competition Saturday, 21 April 2018.

Also here is posted in Additional Materials a second PDF document, Supplemental Issues Problems A B C.pdf, containing the supplmental issues for all three problems released to students on the morning of Competition Saturday, 21 April 2018, to incorporate ONLY in their Presentation for judging in the afternoon at their local site. 

You can find the problems and additional reference material by single clicking on the "Additional materials available" text found under the black box marked "DOWNLOAD (PDF)" in the upper right corner of this screen.

Currently there are three files concerning the statement of the problems in this "Additional materials available" region, SCUDEM 2018 Problems A B C,  a reference paper for one of the problems, both in PDF format, and Supplemental Issues Problems A B C.pdf,



Team Executive Summary and Presentation materials are in Additional Materials above. As we gather student team submissions of their Executive Summary and Presentation files we shall post them here to show the variety and depth of approaches students took.

Basically the organization is ordered alphabetically by 

Document Type: ES for Executive Summary and PR for Presentation

Problem Selected: A, B, or C

School Name: Cornwall University.

ES-C-Cornwall University

        means Executive Summary for Problem A from Cornwall University  and

ES-C-Cornwall University - 1

        means Executive Summary for Problem A from Cornwall University Team 1.

Below are the instructions issued to the teams at the time the problems were released on 13 April 2018:


You are to view the three problems with your team and select one on which you will devote your effort to build a model to address the issue of the problem for the competition.

You should determine which problem you will work on within the first 24 hours and NOT attempt to work on all three with the idea that you will select one later in the time you have for final efforts. Give careful thought to the interests and competencies of your team members, available sources and data, how you expect to proceed, initial ideas, experiment you might conduct, and mathematics you might use as you make your decision as to which problem you will chose.

Executive Summary

You are to prepare a two page Executive Summary using your Team Number ONLY (to be assigned by your Local Site Host Coordinator and shared with you by email shortly) for submission at Registration-Check In at the local sites you will be attending on Competition Saturday. This is so faculty judges will render an impartial decision on the merits of your work. Have this version of your Executive Summary on a thumb drive which you bring for easy transfer and upload by host official to the judge’s area on the SIMIODE site upon arrival.

Before the end of the day or within a wek upload fully identifyable versions of Executive Summary and Presentation in the following manner:

ES-x-School Name-y   for Executive Summary, problem x (for A, B, or C), full school name, and y for team number.

PR-x-School Name-y   for Presentation, problem x (for A, B, or C), full school name, and y for team number.

An Executive Summary is typically a Summary of the results which is forwarded to an Executive for a decision. It might well be named Essential Summary, as it should have the essentials of the activity described, with attention to terms, definitions, assumptions, details, results or conclusions, and reflection, but NOT be laden with computations or reference material.

The format is up to the team. However, consider these issues. This material will be read by judges on their laptops on Competition Saturday, each judge reading approximately 6-8 in a one hour period.  You want to provide a presentable, readable version of your efforts. There is no need to copy the problem statement (they could be long), rather the essence of the issue you are addressing should be embedded in your Summary, i.e. explain what are you trying to do. The material should make proper use of the page. So you should have reasonable margins, on the order of 2 - 2.5 cm each. There should be breaks and headings or lead boldface text in transition lines to guide the reader from one aspect of your work to the next.  A standard and very readable font is Times Roman.   No addenda or appendices will be permitted, two pages and that is it! 


You are to prepare a 10 minute Presentation document, quite often PowerPoint, but you may use and incorporate whatever you wish in your presentation.  This file, in addition to the Executive Summary, if for uploading to the SIMIODE SCUDEM II 2018 Local Site Competitors Group to which you have been assigned for posting at the end of the Competition Saturday event and provided to your Coach for transmission,


During the competition period 13 April - 21 April 2018 you are to receive no animate help from anyone and that includes your Coach. All the material you develop is to be written and designed by your team alone. We will ask you and your Coach to sign an Integrity Statement at registration on Competition Saturday to this effect. So take this seriously!

You can use any software to work on your model and prepare your Executive Summary and Presentation and you may use any inanimate source, e.g., internet, library, personal materials, literature, data sets, your own experiments, in building and supporting your model.

Additional Guidance

It may be helpful to read the  Commentary and Overview on the Problems for SCUDEM 2017 from the problem author, Dr. Kelly Black, of the Department of Mathematics, University of Georgia, Athens GA USA, This will give your insight into good modeling practices and communications.



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