InaM2C Rules& Guidelines
Important: Be sure to use a valid current email address so that we can use it to contact you at any point before, during, or after the contest, if necessary.
- A team may consist of up to four secondary or below students, enrolled in the same school.
- You must obtain and use your control number and password to participate in InaM2C. Teams must fill in the form to request the problems at the beginning of their 5 day contest period to receive the contest problems.
- Teams will be given access to the modeling problem.
- The contest runs between Tuesday, March 9, 2021 and Monday, March 22, 2021.
- Each team will decide on a consecutive 5 day period between March 9 – March 22 to work on the contest problem. For example, the contest for your team could be from 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16 until 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 20. Your teams’ contest ends upon completion of the 5 day period.
- All papers must be received no later than the time limit for your team.
Your Team(s) Online:
Each team will be assigned a control number.
Preparing a Team
- Please review the rules to prepare your students.
- Ensure that students have access to computers that enable them to word process, use a spreadsheet, and dynamically model both graphs and geometric relationships. In addition, students should have access to graphing calculators.
- It is both legitimate and desirable to coach or otherwise prepare your team(s).
Preparing a Solution Paper
- Teams may use any inanimate source of data, materials, computers, software, references, websites, books, etc. Be sure to credit all sources used.
- Teams may not use any person (other than team members) to discuss or obtain ideas for solving their problem. The relevant issue is one of intent: each team of students is expected to develop all of its substantive analysis without the help of others.
- Partial solutions are acceptable. There is no passing or failing cutoff score, nor will numerical scores be assigned. The InaM2C judges are primarily interested in a teams’ approach and methods.
- Papers must be typed and in English with a readable font of at least 12 point type.
- Your submission should consist of a 1 page Summary Sheet and your solution cannot exceed 20 pages for a maximum of 21 pages. (The appendices and references should appear at the end of the paper and do not count toward the 20 page limit.)
- The solution must consist entirely of written text and possibly figures, charts, or other written material only. No non-paper support such as computer disks will be accepted.
- Each page of the solution must contain the team control number and the page number at the top of the page; we suggest using a page header on each page, for example: Team # 2021000 page 6 of 13.
- The names of the students, advisor, or institution must not appear on any page of the solution. The solution must not contain any identifying information other than the team Control Number.
- Any preparation rule not followed is grounds for disqualification.
- Teams should keep in mind the following guidelines while preparing their solution papers:
- Conciseness and organization are extremely important. Key statements should present major ideas and results.
- Present a clarification or restatement of the problem as appropriate.
- Present a clear exposition of all variables, assumptions, and hypotheses.
- Present an analysis of the problem, motivating or justifying the modeling to be used.
- Include a design of the model. Discuss how the model could be tested.
- Discuss any apparent strengths or weaknesses to your model or approach.
- Incorporate lengthy derivations, computations, or illustrative examples in appendices. Summarize these in the main report. Results must be explicitly stated in the body of the report.
Preparing and Submitting a Solution Paper
- The Summary Sheet
Type a summary of the teams solution this should be the first page of your solution.
The summary is a very important part of your InaM2C paper. The judges place considerable weight on the summary, and winning papers are sometimes distinguished from other papers based on the quality of the summary. To write a good summary, imagine that a reader may choose whether to read the body of the paper based on your summary. Thus, a summary should clearly describe your approach to the problem and, most prominently, what your most important conclusions were. The summary should inspire a reader to learn the details of your work. Your concise presentation of the summary should inspire a reader to learn the details of your work. Summaries that are mere restatements of the contest problem, or are a cut-and-paste boilerplate from the Introduction are generally considered to be weak.
- Teams must end all work on the Solution Paper at the end of the team’s consecutive 5 day period, or by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 22, 2021.
- Your electronic submission MUST be received at InaM2C on or before the submission deadline.
- In the subject line of your email write: InaM2C and your team’s control number. For example: Subject: InaM2C 2021000
- Use your team’s control number as the name of your file attachments.
- InaM2C will accept only an Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word file of your solution.
*Note: The attachment must be less than 17MB.
- To summarize:
Restatement Clarification of the Problem – state in your own words what you are going to do. Assumptions with Rationale/Justification – emphasize those assumptions that bear on the problem. List clearly all variables used in your model.
Model Design and justification for type model used/developed.
Model Testing and Sensitivity Analysis, including error analysis, etc.
Discuss strengths and weakness to your model or approach.
Provide algorithms in words, figures, or flow charts (as a step by step algorithmic approach) for all computer codes developed.
InaM2C Results and Recognition
- Judging will be completed in May 1, 2021. The solutions will be recognized as Successful Participant, Honorable Mention, Meritorious, or Outstanding. Advisors and teams will be notified of the results in May 1, 2021 and they will be posted on the InaM2C website.
- Outstanding teams will have their Solution Papers (or their solution abstracts) published online.
- Outstanding team(s) will enter the international competition The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge, IM2C