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Problem of the Month

  • Any method, analytical or numerical, can be used, including but not limited to algebra, geometry, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability, statistics, computer simulations, experiment, etc.
  • All solutions need to include detailed reasoning and explanations.
  • Partial solutions are welcome!
  • A well-documented failed approach with a clear explanation of why the method does not work will be valued as much as a complete solution!
  • Any undergraduate students who submitted top and/or creative solutions will be recognized on the Applied Mathematics Department website. They will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card of $50. 
  • All undergraduate students who have submitted solutions will be entered into a second drawing for another Amazon gift card of $25.
  • On Friday, November 19 (3:30pm-4:30pm, COB2 170), noteworthy solutions will be presented and the lucky winners will be decided. There will be a follow-up email about this meeting. Stay tuned.
  • Please contact Prof. Lei, Yue ( and/or Prof. Changho Kim (ckim@ucmerced.eduif you have questions.



Previous problems

Month Winner of
$50 Amazon Gift Card
Submitters of Noteworthy Solutions
Sep/Oct 2021 Edward Lu Salaheldin Hegab, Edward Lu, Ryan Milstrey (undergraduate)
Valentin Dallerit, Tucker Hartland (graduate students)