MathFest 2008

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MathFest 2008   MathFest 2008 took place in Madison, WI on July 31 - August 2. Just as usual, it was a great celebration of mathematics, mathematical biology, and the history of mathematics, a program rich with varied events and activities for mathematicians, teachers, students, and everyone who loves mathematics!

During a session at MathFest 2008 two groups of students were awarded plaques and certificates for their work at
Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). This is a competition started by Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications[]6 (COMAP) in 1985 and designed to test students' abilities to solve realistic problems and work in a team setting. MCM Founding Director Ben Fusaro attributes the competition's popularity in part to the challenge of working on practical problems.

This year, the MCM drew 1162 teams from all over the world to compete in the contest's 23rd edition. Teams of up to three high school or undergraduate students had five days to research, model, and submit answers to one of two practical math problems. And what a surprise! One of the two problems (problem B) concerned developing Sudoku puzzles of varying difficulty (with metrics to define a difficulty level). The group of Martin Hunt, Christopher Pong, and George Tucker from
Harvey Mudd College won for their work on the problem B.

For more information on MCM 2008, please, read this
article or visit the respective COMAP's MCM/ICM Contest or MCM/ICM 2008 Winners and Results webpage.

Definitely, there were many other exciting mathematical events during MathFest 2008. If you are interested in more detailed information about MathFest, please, visit their official

MathFest 2009 will be held in Portland, OR, on August 6-8, 2009.
Sources: MAA Online  |  MathFest  |  COMAP  |  Harvey Mudd College
Posted: August 13, 2008
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