CITY, S.D. (Feb. 26, 2014) – A team of three undergraduate students from the
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology recently competed in the 30th
annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).
were comprised of up to three students from the same school. Representing the
School of Mines this year were Erica Daniels of Lennox, Christopher Cody of
Saint Peter, Minn., and Daniel Nix of Sioux Falls. Kyle Riley, Ph.D., head of
the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, served as team advisor.
are given a choice between two problems. After picking their problem, they are
required to research the question, develop a mathematical model, create a
computer simulation and write a technical report about it all within one
Mines team chose a problem involving a rule that requires motorists to drive in
the right-most lane unless they are passing another vehicle, in which case they
move one lane to the left to pass and then return to the right lane. The team’s
challenge was to build a mathematical model to analyze vehicle results
following this rule in light and heavy traffic. The contest also posed the idea
of how cars controlled by computers instead of humans would affect models.
from the competition will be released at the end of April. For more information
about the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, visit the contest website at http://www.comap.com/undergraduate/contests/mcm/.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines
& Technology is a science and engineering research university located in
Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The
university enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is
$62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on
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