A team of
three Agnes Scott students was one of only 44 teams in the country to earn a
meritorious rating in the 2013 Mathematical Contest in Modeling this spring. Winnie
Jiang ‘14, Quynh Le ‘14 and Lexi Wang ’14 became “Meritorious Winners” by
placing in the top 15 percent of the 5,636 participating teams, beating out
students from Stanford, John Hopkins and Harvard.
Next Top Modelers,” another ASC team consisting of Amelia Allen ‘14, Yiyi Shen
‘13 and Samantha Allen ’14, also competed.
members selected one of two contest problems displayed on the Consortium for Mathematics
and Its Applications (COMAP) website and had four days to develop a mathematical
model for the chosen problem, then write a paper presenting their model and
conclusions. Both Agnes Scott teams chose “The Ultimate Brownie Pan” problem.
baking in a rectangular pan, heat is concentrated in the four corners and the
product is overcooked at the corners (and to a lesser extent at the edges). In
a round pan, the heat is distributed evenly over the entire outer edge and the
product is not overcooked at the edges. However, since most ovens are
rectangular in shape, using round pans is not an efficient use of oven space. As
part of the competition, students developed a model to show the distribution of
heat across the outer edge of a pan for pans of different shapes – rectangular
to circular and other shapes in between, and which could be used to select the
best type of pan shape to maximize the number of pans that can fit in the oven
and which would maximize an even distribution of heat for the pan.
the first time since the 1990s that Agnes Scott has participated in the
Mathematical Contest in Modeling.
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location – offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.