By Brian Winkel

Director, SIMIODE, Cornwall NY USA

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Here you will find the Problems for SCUDEM IV 2019 with Additional Issues (click on "Download (PDF)" black box above right). These problems were posted on 1 November 2019 for students to select one problem from which to build a model for presentation on Challenge Saturday, 9 November  2019. The Additional Issues for all three problems are released to students on the morning of Challenge Saturday, 9 November  2019, to incorporate ONLY in their Presentation for judging in the afternoon at their local site. 

Team Submissions  (click on "Supporting Docs" Tab under the title OR click on "Additional materials available" Tab under Black PDF box above right). We apologize for the lack of order in the student work, but you can use search Ctrl-F on a school name to find results.  These submissions are published here without judge's scoring as we only use these scores locally to give teams feedback and print up appropriate certificates for presentation.

You can also see SCUDEM IV 2019 MathBowl materials used on Challenge Saturday in 2019. Just click on the title you want above. Faculty Development Workshop materials will soon be available, but available only to registered members of the Teachers Group in SIMIODE.

The naming convention for student submissions is explained here.


Team Executive Summary and Presentation materials are in Additional Materials above.

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.


        means Executive Summary for Problem C from Cornwall University  and


        means Presentation for Problem C from Cornwall University Team 1.

Below are the instructions issued to the teams at the time the problems were released on 1 November 2019.


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.

Be sure your team members' names, your coaches name, and you schools full name is at the top of your Executive Summary and on the first page of your Presentation.

Executive Summary

You are to prepare a two page Executive Summary.

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 Challenge 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. 

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