Welcome to the home page for the 2011 MCM/ICM U of A teams!
On this page you will find helpful resources as we prepare for the MCM/ICM to be held Feb 10-14, 2011.
For more information about the contest, see the contest home page. This website has lots of information about the contest, including previous questions and winning solutions.
Some things to ponder over the winter break
- Familiarize yourself with information resources that you could consult during the contest (remember you CAN NOT consult with other people, even online). Try starting with the U of A library subject guide and database listing.
- Look over problems and winning entries from previous years. Before you look at the solutions, try to come up with some ideas about how you would tackle the problem and where you would go for information.
- Read this article on scientific writing. The early part of the article is not very relevant, but has many good tips starting from "Examples of Sharpened Writing".
Friday, January 21
Our first meeting we talked about topics to cover in the next few weeks, and discussed discrete models.
The tasks for next week's meeting are as follows:
- Read this article on scientific writing
- Pick a previous year's problem from the COMAP website
- Do background research on your chosen problem, identifying as many static resources as possible
- Write one paragraph summarizing the relevant background information with proper citations
- Write one paragraph summarizing the resources you used and how you located them
- F1000 (Faculty of 1000) These are life sciences papers that have been commented on by other faculty. A very good resource for biology papers and information
- arXiv These are physics, math and computer science papers, and other fields too.
- Scientific American and Wikipedia are good general resources as a place to start