Math Modeling

Math Modeling is a course where students collaborate to solve and present complex problems. Taught by Mrs. Burns, we not only practiced concepts such as modular arithmetic, but also learned to express ourselves clearly through daily homework reviews. For me, I especially liked how we studied basic statistics and Mathematica, which will be useful for future mathematical writing and scientific analysis. During C and D terms, I will be taking Calc 3 and 4 at WPI.


The High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM) is a 48-hour math modeling competition where teams of up to 4 work together to solve real-world problems. My team consisted of myself, Sumanth Suura, and Peter Liang, and we chose a problem about global warming because as sea levels rise and habitats disappear, climate becomes increasingly salient. Throughout the process, we learned not only how to research, program, and justify our models with statistics, but also how to organize and divide work. In essence, we analyzed current CO2 and temperature levels to model future changes. Our main criteria centered around model complexity and R2 values. We approached the problem by using linear regression as well as a sinusoidal component to account for the perceived periodic movement of temperature. As the main writer, I learned how to clearly express our ideas through labels, words, and LaTeX equations.

Mathematica Task #3

Throughout A and B terms, we learned how to use Mathematica to perform mathematical tasks. In this assignment, I plotted and styled different graphs, learned about tables, and solved equations. Overall, these operations are fundamental for further Mathematica use.