Math Modeling: Designing Innovative Solutions for Messy Real-World Problems

Date(s) & Location(s):
July 9 - 14, 2023 in Durham, NC
Grades Eligible:
Rising  7th 8th 9th
Course Description:

Have you ever wondered how people use math to solve big, complicated problems in the real world? For instance, how does an entrepreneur select the best location for her business? Or, how does a city planner design a dog park that efficiently and effectively meets the needs of all of the city’s residents? Or even, how does a potato chip maker decide the optimal mix of bags of chips in a variety pack?

If questions like these excite you and you’re ready to work with other curious math students to solve them, then this course is for you! Throughout our week together, you will learn about the mathematical modeling process and apply your knowledge of basic algebra, geometry, and statistics to design mathematical models. You will work in small teams on several different real-world problems and present your solutions in a variety of fun and creative ways. You will also use technology often to do research, to perform calculations, and to organize and present your work. This isn’t your traditional math class!

Requirements: It is highly recommended that students will have successfully completed either NC Math 1 or Algebra 1 before beginning this course. However, students with very strong mathematical abilities who have only studied pre-algebra topics may also be prepared for the course.