Math 43900 - Problem Solving in Math

Fall 2015

Instructor: David Galvin

The Putnam Competition will take place on

Saturday December 5,


Hayes-Healy 229,

with these being the times of the two papers:

10am-1pm (paper A), 3pm-6pm (paper B).

Lunch will be provided between the two papers, in the Math department lounge.

Paper, pencils, erasers and sharpeners will be provided. Feel free to bring brain fuel. Notes, calculators, book, laptops etc. are not allowed.

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is a nationwide mathematical problem-solving competition that is held annually on the first Saturday of December. All undergraduates who enjoy solving mathematical problems (whether math majors or not) are invited to take part. Math 43900 is a course designed to help participants to prepare for the competition.

Some general information for the 2015 course can be found in the opening section of the class notes here.

First meeting: The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25 (3.30pm, in DeBartolo 201), the first day of classes. This will just be an organizational/introductory session, where will go quickly over the organization of the class, and you can all introduce yourselves to me. We'll also talk briefly about high-level problem-solving strategies, and I'll hand out a sheet of warm-up problems.

Weekly problems: Throughout the semester I'll update the following document:

weekly problems

with problems, solutions, and discussions of problem-solving techniques.

Recent Putnam Competitions and Solutions