Representing Centre College at the SIMIODE Challenge Using Differential Equation Modeling, Ashley Hayes ‘19, Matthew Ko ‘20, and Jackson Norris ‘21 recently received the designation of “outstanding”; the only team out of six teams to do so. The competition was hosted at Asbury University.
The nonprofit organization System Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE) provides students and educators interactive resources that give them new ways to study and apply differential equations.
In addition to offering education to aspiring math students, SIMIODE holds competitions in which students can compete to demonstrate their familiarity with differential equations, as well as creativeness in crafting their own.
The SIMIODE Challenge Using Differential Equation Modeling is a competition in which students are given a hypothetical real-world problem, and the teams from each school work develop a mathematical model based on differential equations to predict the behavior of the system.
Four judges independently scored each of the six teams based on the summary of their mathematical model as well as a presentation given to display their results. Hayes, Ko and Norris received the top score for their summary and tied with the top score on the presentation of their results.
Michael Lamar, assistant professor of mathematics at Centre, believes that the success of these students is indicative of the well-rounded approach the College takes to education.
“Centre students are learning the skills they need to use in mathematics to tackle difficult, important questions, both in and outside of math, and that they are building these skills at a level that allows them to excel on a regional and national level,” explained Lamar.
by Ben Bennett ’20
November 26, 2018