Coordinated in Australia by ACER, IM2C is a mathematical modelling competition that invites teams of up to four students from secondary schools to visualise, understand and apply mathematics in order to develop an original mathematical model that solves a common problem.
Australian teams entered for IM2C 2017 used their research, mathematical and creative abilities to develop a mathematical model to address a problem that required students to decide where to hold a three-day international meeting of participants travelling from different parts of the world in order to minimise the jet lag and maximise the productivity of participants at the meeting.
Australia’s best two solutions and reports in a pool of eight national finalists were from Melbourne’s John Monash Science School, awarded an Outstanding Achievement, the highest award category, and Perth Modern School, which received a Meritorious Award, the second highest award category.
The John Monash Science School solution and report by Year 12 team members Dylan Sanusi-Goh, Alex Socha, YiJie Neo and Paromita Mitchell with team advisor Luke Bohni and Perth Modern School solution and report by Year 11 team members Indira Senthil Ajeetha, Yuqing (Sunny) Lu, Mehul Aggarwal and Kartikiya Bisht with team advisor Glen McClelland will now be judged against about 50 team solutions and reports from around the world in the IM2C 2017 international round.
The other six finalists in the IM2C 2017 national round were:
Ross Turner, project director for IM2C at ACER, commended the eight national finalists, and the mathematical modelling work by all Australian teams that submitted entries to the national phase of the competition.
“With 82 Australian teams entered for IM2C 2017, we have seen a huge increase in interest in mathematical modelling this year,” Turner said. “What is especially pleasing is that many schools have seen that IM2C is an opportunity to engage students from different year levels in a challenging mathematical activity.”
Judging in the IM2C 2017 international round will be completed in July.