Math Modeling

This course goes beyond the traditional high school mathematics curriculum

Course Overview

This course engages students in open-ended problem solving, computer simulations, and collaborative work. Students use a mathematical approach to model real-world situations through the application of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics.


HiMCM is a right of passage and staple for the Math Modeling curriculum at MAMS. Each incoming junior class is split into teams of 3 or 4 people and registered for HiMCM, a math modeling competition. This competition is hosted by COMAP and, each year, teams are presented with real-world problems and 36 hours to model solutions (ex. this year the choices were declining bee population or climate change). I worked with an amazing group that included Krisha, Shreya, and Vanessa.


The Epsilon project is an example of collaboration between the students to model a math problem. Essentially, the problem wanted us to redistribute the faculty based on the given information about the new student body population. For every modeling problem we do, we always learn something new and for this project we learned about apportionment. Interestingly, the federal government has used several different methods of apportionment to appoint senators based on state population. Our group examined these methods and chose the most accurate one to represent our problem.